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2021 Top Women's D2 Soccer Schools

230 Colleges
$35,878 Avg Tuition & Fees*
46% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division II Soccer BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division II Women's Soccer ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 230 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Soccer athletes. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the U.S. for D2 Women's Soccer athletes

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Western Washington University

Bellingham, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Our analysis found Western Washington University to be the best school for D2 Women’s Soccer athletes in this year’s ranking. WWU is a public institution located in Bellingham, Washington. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at WWU made $520,202 in revenue.

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#2

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Grand Valley State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Soccer athletes list. This large public school is located in Allendale, Michigan, and it awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

GVSU brought in $1,173,699 while tallying up $1,036,908 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Soccer team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $136,791 in profit.

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#3

University of California - San Diego

La Jolla, California
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

The excellent sports programs at University of California - San Diego helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Soccer athletes. University of California - San Diego is a large public school located in La Jolla, California that handed out 8,037 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at UCSD made $435,304 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 94%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UCSD also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

Saint Edward's University

Austin, Texas

Out of the 230 schools in the United States that were part of this year’s ranking, Saint Edward’s University landed the #4 spot on the list. St. Edward’s University is located in Austin, Texas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,015 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at St. Edward’s University took home $640,084 in revenue and paid out $637,806 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,278 in profit.

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#5

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #5 on our list means Rockhurst University is a great place for D2 Women’s Soccer athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit institution located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Rockhurst took home $514,990 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#6

Rollins College

Winter Park, Florida
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Rollins College came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Rollins is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Winter Park, Florida. It awarded 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Rollins made $562,896 in revenue.

Rollins 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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#7

Adelphi University

Garden City, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #7, Adelphi University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Garden City, New York, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school awarded 1,262 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Soccer team at Adelphi brought home $469,926 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Augustana University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 442 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $562,261 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Augustana Sioux Falls 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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#9

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Michigan Technological University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #9. Located in Houghton, Michigan, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Michigan Tech took home $510,203 in revenue and paid out $495,748 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $14,455 in profit.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Michigan Tech also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#10

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

West Chester University of Pennsylvania came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, the fairly large public school awarded 3,698 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at WCUPA took home $343,681 in revenue and paid out $320,270 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $23,411, which isn’t bad at all.

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#11

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #11. NUS Florida is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The school has a large population, and it awarded 1,108 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at NUS Florida made $581,179 in revenue.

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#12

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #12, Truman State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Truman State is located in Kirksville, Missouri and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,216 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Truman State made $178,820 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#13

Stonehill College

Easton, Massachusetts
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

Stonehill College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Easton, Massachusetts, and it awarded 719 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Soccer team at Stonehill made $234,598 in revenue, while incurring $216,864 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $17,734.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Stonehill also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#14

Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, Washington
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Seattle Pacific University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Seattle, Washington, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 723 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

SPU brought in $731,482 while tallying up $725,682 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Soccer team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,800 for the sports team.

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#15

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

Bellarmine University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Louisville, Kentucky, and it awarded 690 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Bellarmine U made $332,734 in revenue.

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#16

Bentley University

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

Bentley University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Waltham, Massachusetts is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,106 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Bentley took home $231,455 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. Bentley 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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#17

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Union University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Union is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jackson, Tennessee. It awarded 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Union brought in $564,853 while tallying up $555,812 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Soccer team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $9,041.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Union 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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#18

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida

With a ranking of #18, Florida Institute of Technology did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Florida Tech is a private not-for-profit institution located in Melbourne, Florida. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 787 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Florida Tech brought in $568,700 while tallying up $524,772 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Soccer team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $43,928 for the sports team.

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#19

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Azusa Pacific University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer list. Azusa Pacific University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Azusa, California that handed out 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Soccer team at Azusa Pacific made $643,374 in revenue, while incurring $628,387 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $14,987 for the sports team.

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#19

LIU Post

Brookville, New York

LIU Post did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking, coming in at #19. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Brookville, New York, and it awarded 1,739 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Soccer team at LIU Post brought home $1,311,003 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Pace University - New York

New York, New York

Pace University - New York ranked #21 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer list. Pace University - New York is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in New York, New York that handed out 1,914 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Soccer team at Pace University made $430,261 in revenue, while incurring $420,818 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,443 in profit.

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#22

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #22, Harding University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Harding University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Searcy, Arkansas that handed out 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at Harding took home $298,826 in revenue.

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#23

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Riverside, California is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,670 students in 2018-2019.

Cal Baptist brought in $1,078,755 while tallying up $1,074,084 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Soccer team. Thus, the team actually made $4,671, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#24

Roberts Wesleyan College

Rochester, New York
Top 25% in Quality in the United States

With a ranking of #24, Roberts Wesleyan College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer ranking. Located in Rochester, New York, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 447 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Roberts Wesleyan took home $346,063 in revenue and paid out $338,226 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,837 for the sports team.

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#25

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Soccer list. UMSL is a fairly large public school situated in Saint Louis, Missouri. It awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Soccer team at UMSL took home $331,387 in revenue.

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Rest of the Top 15% Best Colleges for D2 Women's Soccer athletes

Not only did these schools make the top 35 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania
#27

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
#28

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas
#29

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio
#30

Le Moyne College

Syracuse, New York
#31

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee
#32

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri
#33

The College of Saint Rose

Albany, New York
#34

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
#35

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
36 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
37 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, PA
38 The University of West Florida Pensacola, FL
39 Merrimack College North Andover, MA
40 Eckerd College Saint Petersburg, FL
41 Mercyhurst University Erie, PA
42 Lee University Cleveland, TN
43 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
44 Queens University of Charlotte Charlotte, NC
45 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
46 University of Bridgeport Bridgeport, CT

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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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