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2021 Top Women's D1 Soccer Schools

306 Colleges
$47,832 Avg Tuition & Fees*
74% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division I Soccer BadgeWith all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Soccer ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 306 colleges and universities across the United States to determine which were the best for D1 Women's Soccer athletes. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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

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#1

Stanford University

Stanford, California
#6 in Quality in the United States

Stanford University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Soccer athletes. Stanford, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,892 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Soccer team at Stanford brought home $301,460 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 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Stanford also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Duke University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Located in Durham, North Carolina, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,303 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Duke brought in $2,042,379 while tallying up $2,016,391 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Soccer team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $25,988 in profit. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Duke not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#12 in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northwestern University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Soccer athletes list. Evanston, Illinois is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,770 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Northwestern took home $45,338 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 student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Northwestern also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#4

University of Southern California

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

A rank of #4 on our list means University of Southern California is a great place for D1 Women’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. USC is a private not-for-profit institution located in Los Angeles, California. The school has a large population, and it awarded 5,337 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at USC took home $2,214,668 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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. USC 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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#5

Rice University

Houston, Texas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Rice University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Houston, Texas, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,228 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Soccer team at Rice brought home $1,454,604 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 student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Rice also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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#6

University of Virginia - Main Campus

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

With a ranking of #6, University of Virginia - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. University of Virginia is located in Charlottesville, Virginia and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,167 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at University of Virginia took home $1,930,818 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, University of Virginia also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #7, Southern Methodist University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. SMU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Dallas, Texas. It awarded 1,942 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at SMU made $2,209,515 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, SMU 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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#8

Furman University

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

With a ranking of #8, Furman University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Greenville, South Carolina, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 732 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Furman took home $1,197,755 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Furman also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#9

Georgetown University

Washington, District of Columbia
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Georgetown University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer list. Located in Washington, District of Columbia, the fairly large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,169 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Soccer team at Georgetown brought home $1,508,197 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 994.

With a freshman retention rate of 96%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Georgetown 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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#10

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #10, Vanderbilt University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer 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 Soccer team at Vanderbilt made $2,900,189 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Vanderbilt also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Top 5% in Quality in the United States

Wake Forest University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #11. Wake Forest University is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,431 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Wake Forest University made $1,778,260 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 993.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. In addition to its great ranking here, Wake Forest University is in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#12

Texas A&M University - College Station

College Station, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Texas A&M University - College Station ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer list. Texas A&M College Station is a public institution located in College Station, Texas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 13,198 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Texas A&M College Station made $2,674,372 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. In addition to its great ranking here, Texas A&M College Station is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

Pepperdine University

Malibu, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #13, Pepperdine University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Pepperdine is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Malibu, California. It awarded 943 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Pepperdine made $1,547,278 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, 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. On top of its placing in this ranking, Pepperdine 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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#14

University of Notre Dame

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

University of Notre Dame ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer list. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,642 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Notre Dame took home $101,240 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Notre Dame also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 1% of all schools in this category.

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Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Brigham Young University - Provo came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. BYU is located in Provo, Utah and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 7,007 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at BYU made $2,359,849 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, 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 90%. BYU 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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#16

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Loyola Marymount University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Los Angeles, California, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,674 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Soccer team at Loyola Marymount brought home $1,458,945 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Loyola Marymount 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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#17

Texas Christian University

Fort Worth, Texas
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #17, Texas Christian University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Fort Worth, Texas, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,447 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at TCU made $1,427,062 in revenue. 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 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. TCU 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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#18

Florida State University

Tallahassee, Florida
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Florida State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #18. Tallahassee, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 9,688 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Florida State made $3,192,377 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 997 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Florida State also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

University of California - Los Angeles

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

University of California - Los Angeles did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #19. Located in Los Angeles, California, the large public school handed out 9,069 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Soccer team at UCLA brought home $572,683 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 997, 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 97%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCLA also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#20

University of Connecticut

Storrs, Connecticut
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

University of Connecticut came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. UCONN is located in Storrs, Connecticut and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 6,052 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at UCONN took home $1,529,208 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 994, 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 94%. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCONN 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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#21

University of Florida

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

University of Florida ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer list. UF is a public institution located in Gainesville, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 9,663 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at UF made $87,851 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 96%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UF also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

University of Denver

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

With a ranking of #22, University of Denver did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Denver, Colorado, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,626 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at DU took home $1,664,262 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 994 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. DU 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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#23

Northeastern University

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

Northeastern University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Northeastern is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Boston, Massachusetts. It awarded 4,127 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Northeastern made $1,336,416 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Northeastern 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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#24

Saint Joseph's University

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Saint Joseph’s University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #24. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and it awarded 1,311 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at St. Joe’s took home $1,171,768 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, St. Joe’s also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#25

Boston College

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

With a ranking of #25, Boston College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking. Boston College is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts that handed out 3,062 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Soccer team at Boston College made $1,786,830 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 993.

With a freshman retention rate of 95%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Boston College 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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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D1 Women's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 46 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Boston University

Boston, Massachusetts
#27

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill, North Carolina
#28

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
#29

Bucknell University

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
#30

University of Miami

Coral Gables, Florida
#31

University of California - Berkeley

Berkeley, California
#32

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#33

Baylor University

Waco, Texas
#33

Clemson University

Clemson, South Carolina
#35

George Washington University

Washington, District of Columbia
#36

Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, California
#37

Pennsylvania State University - University Park

University Park, Pennsylvania
#38

Samford University

Birmingham, Alabama
#39

Hofstra University

Hempstead, New York
#40

University of South Carolina - Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina
#41

Virginia Tech

Blacksburg, Virginia
#42

Syracuse University

Syracuse, New York
#43

Auburn University

Auburn, Alabama
#44

Fordham University

Bronx, New York
#45

Colgate University

Hamilton, New York
#46

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri

Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Soccer ranking:

Rank College Location
47 Rutgers University - New Brunswick New Brunswick, NJ
48 University of Colorado Boulder Boulder, CO
49 DePaul University Chicago, IL
50 Lehigh University Bethlehem, PA
51 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
52 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
53 University of Richmond University of Richmond, VA
54 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
55 Providence College Providence, RI
56 University of San Francisco San Francisco, CA
57 Drexel University Philadelphia, PA
58 Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT
59 St John’s University - New York Queens, NY
60 Drake University Des Moines, IA
61 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, AR
Rank College Location
62 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH

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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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