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2021 Top Women's D1 Lacrosse Schools

100 Colleges
$47,258 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division I Lacrosse BadgeIt's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Lacrosse ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 100 schools in the United States to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Lacrosse athletes. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D1 Women's Lacrosse athletes

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#1

University of Denver

Denver, Colorado
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Our analysis found University of Denver to be the best school for D1 Women’s Lacrosse athletes in this year’s ranking. DU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Denver, Colorado. It awarded 1,626 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at DU took home $1,865,400 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 979 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, DU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

University of Maryland - College Park

College Park, Maryland
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Maryland - College Park is a great place for D1 Women’s Lacrosse athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. This large public school is located in College Park, Maryland, and it awarded 8,390 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at UMCP made $153,971 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UMCP excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Syracuse University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Syracuse is a private not-for-profit institution located in Syracuse, New York. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Syracuse made $1,353,314 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Syracuse also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

University of Florida

Gainesville, Florida
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Out of the 100 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Florida landed the #4 spot on the list. Gainesville, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,663 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at UF made $109,518 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UF also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

University of Virginia - Main Campus

Charlottesville, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of Virginia - Main Campus. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Lacrosse athletes list. Charlottesville, Virginia is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,167 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at University of Virginia made $1,418,642 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. University of Virginia also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#6

Boston College

Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Boston College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #6. Boston College is located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 3,062 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Boston College made $1,722,041 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Boston College also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#7

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#12 in Quality in the United States

Northwestern University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Northwestern made $180,401 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Northwestern excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#8

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #8, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the large public school awarded 6,076 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at UNC Chapel Hill made $780,712 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UNC Chapel Hill also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#9

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Pennsylvania State University - University Park ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse list. This large public school is located in University Park, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 10,893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Penn State University Park made $739,310 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 998, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Penn State University Park is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Southern California came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Los Angeles, California, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at USC brought home $1,659,442 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, USC also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#6 in Quality in the United States

Stanford University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Stanford, California, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 1,892 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Stanford took home $73,257 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 997.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stanford also is in the top 1% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Duke University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Duke is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Durham, North Carolina. It awarded 2,303 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Duke brought home $1,657,266 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 996.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Duke is ranked #2 for overall quality in the United States.

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#13

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Boston University came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Boston U is located in Boston, Massachusetts and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,780 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Boston U brought home $1,400,649 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Boston U excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of Richmond

University of Richmond, Virginia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

University of Richmond ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse list. University of Richmond is a small private not-for-profit school located in University of Richmond, Virginia that handed out 1,005 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at URichmond brought home $1,105,226 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. URichmond also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#15

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #15, Vanderbilt University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,280 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Vanderbilt made $2,655,862 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 97%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Vanderbilt also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#16

University of Massachusetts Amherst

Amherst, Massachusetts
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. UMass Amherst is a large public school situated in Amherst, Massachusetts. It awarded 6,878 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at UMass Amherst took home $1,051,761 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 998.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. UMass Amherst also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#17

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Stony Brook University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #17. This large public school is located in Stony Brook, New York, and it awarded 4,945 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

SUNY Stony Brook brought in $1,256,145 while tallying up $1,011,326 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Lacrosse team. Thus, the team actually made $244,819, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 993, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 90%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, SUNY Stony Brook also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#18

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#14 in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #18, University of Notre Dame did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. University of Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Notre Dame, Indiana that handed out 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Notre Dame brought home $326,831 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Notre Dame excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 1% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Furman University

Greenville, South Carolina
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Furman University landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Furman is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greenville, South Carolina. It awarded 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Furman took home $1,104,167 in revenue and paid out $1,073,882 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,285 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Furman also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#20

Fairfield University

Fairfield, Connecticut
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #20, Fairfield University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Fairfield, Connecticut, and it awarded 1,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Fairfield U took home $826,145 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Fairfield U excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#21

Lehigh University

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Lehigh University ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse list. Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,379 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Lehigh took home $1,060,386 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Lehigh also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#22

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking, coming in at #22. Princeton is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Princeton, New Jersey. It awarded 1,297 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Princeton took home $792,596 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. Princeton also took the #1 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#23

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #23, Hofstra University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. Hofstra is a private not-for-profit institution located in Hempstead, New York. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,745 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at Hofstra brought home $1,291,887 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 988.

Hofstra excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

University of Colorado Boulder

Boulder, Colorado
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #24, University of Colorado Boulder did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse ranking. University of Colorado Boulder is a large public school located in Boulder, Colorado that handed out 6,744 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at CU - Boulder brought home $468,950 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, CU - Boulder also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

James Madison University

Harrisonburg, Virginia
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

James Madison University ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Lacrosse list. James Madison University is a large public school located in Harrisonburg, Virginia that handed out 4,665 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Lacrosse team at JMU made $1,356,970 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. In addition to its great ranking here, JMU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 25 schools only.

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of our data about colleges.
  • Revenue and expense information comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s Equity in Athletics Data Analysis (EADA) website.
  • The academic progress rate (APR) of each team was made available by the NCAA.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Information about the national average student loan default rate is from the U.S. Department of Education and refers to data about the 2016 borrower cohort tracking period for which the cohort default rate (CDR) was 10.1%.

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