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2021 Top Women's D2 Softball Schools

260 Colleges
$31,878 Avg Tuition & Fees*
44% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Women's Division II Softball BadgeWhen pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Women's Softball ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 260 schools in the United States, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Softball 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 D2 Women's Softball athletes

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

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

Augustana University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Softball athletes. 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.

The D2 Women’s Softball team at Augustana Sioux Falls brought home $546,426 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana Sioux Falls also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#2

Harding University

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

A rank of #2 on our list means Harding University is a great place for D2 Women’s Softball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Searcy, Arkansas, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Harding made $414,964 in revenue.

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#3

Adelphi University

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

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Adelphi University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Softball athletes list. Adelphi is a private not-for-profit institution located in Garden City, New York. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,262 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Adelphi made $468,347 in revenue.

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#4

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, New York
Top 15% in Quality in the United States

A rank of #4 on our list means Molloy College is a great place for D2 Women’s Softball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Molloy is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Rockville Centre, New York. It awarded 811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Molloy brought in $297,662 while tallying up $277,754 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Softball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $19,908.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%. Molloy also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#5

Rollins College

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

A rank of #5 on our list means Rollins College is a great place for D2 Women’s Softball athletes working on their bachelor’s degree. Rollins College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Winter Park, Florida that handed out 664 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Softball team at Rollins brought home $592,487 in revenue in a single year.

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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#6

St. Mary's University

San Antonio, Texas

St. Mary’s University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. St. Mary’s is a small private not-for-profit school situated in San Antonio, Texas. It awarded 468 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

St. Mary’s brought in $482,228 while tallying up $462,936 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Softball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $19,292 for the sports team.

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#7

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

Winona State University came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. Located in Winona, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Winona State took home $432,187 in revenue.

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#8

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

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

West Chester University of Pennsylvania came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a fairly large public school located in West Chester, Pennsylvania that handed out 3,698 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

WCUPA brought in $395,643 while tallying up $393,198 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Softball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,445 for the sports team.

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#9

Rockhurst University

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

Rockhurst University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. Kansas City, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 463 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Rockhurst took home $398,626 in revenue.

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

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#10

California Baptist University

Riverside, California

California Baptist University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. California Baptist University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Riverside, California that handed out 1,670 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Cal Baptist brought in $1,115,515 while tallying up $1,106,156 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Softball team. Thus, the team actually made $9,359, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 940.

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#10

Merrimack College

North Andover, Massachusetts

Merrimack College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking, coming in at #10. Merrimack is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in North Andover, Massachusetts. It awarded 825 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Merrimack took home $563,949 in revenue.

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#12

Grand Valley State University

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

With a ranking of #12, Grand Valley State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. GVSU is a large public school situated in Allendale, Michigan. It awarded 5,421 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Softball team at GVSU brought home $455,858 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. Wayne State University is a large public school located in Detroit, Michigan that handed out 3,652 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Wayne State made $497,375 in revenue.

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#14

University of California - San Diego

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

University of California - San Diego ranked #14 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. UCSD is located in La Jolla, California and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,037 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at UCSD took home $474,895 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 94%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UCSD 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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#15

Le Moyne College

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

Le Moyne College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. Syracuse, New York is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 798 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at LeMoyne took home $434,530 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, LeMoyne also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#16

Western Washington University

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

With a ranking of #16, Western Washington University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. WWU is a fairly large public school situated in Bellingham, Washington. It awarded 3,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at WWU made $483,875 in revenue.

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#17

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Huntsville, Alabama

University of Alabama in Huntsville landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. UAH is a medium-sized public school situated in Huntsville, Alabama. It awarded 1,348 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at UAH made $527,826 in revenue.

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#18

Gannon University

Erie, Pennsylvania

Gannon University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. Gannon is located in Erie, Pennsylvania and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 566 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D2 Women’s Softball team at Gannon made $306,726 in revenue, while incurring $290,611 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $16,115 for the sports team.

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#19

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis landed the #19 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. UMSL is located in Saint Louis, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at UMSL made $518,783 in revenue.

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#20

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio
Top 20% in Quality in the United States

Cedarville University ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. Cedarville is a private not-for-profit institution located in Cedarville, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Cedarville took home $261,126 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Cedarville also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#21

Saint Anselm College

Manchester, New Hampshire
Top 10% in Quality in the United States

Saint Anselm College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking, coming in at #21. St. Anselm College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Manchester, New Hampshire. It awarded 517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Anselm College took home $291,946 in revenue and paid out $291,040 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $906 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, 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. Anselm College also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#22

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Nova Southeastern University ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball list. Fort Lauderdale, Florida is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,108 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Softball team at NUS Florida made $537,163 in revenue.

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#23

Truman State University

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

Truman State University landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball 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.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Softball team at Truman State took home $303,761 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#24

Georgia College & State University

Milledgeville, Georgia

Georgia College & State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Milledgeville, Georgia, and it awarded 1,304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Softball team at Georgia College brought home $291,987 in revenue in a single year.

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#25

Azusa Pacific University

Azusa, California

Azusa Pacific University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Softball ranking, coming in at #25. Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit institution located in Azusa, California. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,694 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Azusa Pacific brought in $570,637 while tallying up $545,529 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Softball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $25,108.

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

Not only did these schools make the top 39 list, but they also landed in the top 15% of this year’s ranking:

#26

New York Institute of Technology

Old Westbury, New York
#27

Regis University

Denver, Colorado
#28

The University of Tampa

Tampa, Florida
#29

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee
#30

Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, Florida
#31

University of New Haven

West Haven, Connecticut
#32

Lynn University

Boca Raton, Florida
#33

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota
#34

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
#35

Bellarmine University

Louisville, Kentucky
#36

The University of West Florida

Pensacola, Florida
#38

Assumption University

Worcester, Massachusetts

Honorable Mentions

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

Rank College Location
40 Bentley University Waltham, MA
41 Florida Southern College Lakeland, FL
42 Saint Martin’s University Lacey, WA
43 Saint Edward’s University Austin, TX
44 Lenoir - Rhyne University Hickory, NC
45 William Jewell College Liberty, MO
46 Pfeiffer University Misenheimer, NC
47 Ashland University Ashland, OH
48 LIU Post Brookville, NY
49 Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA
50 Pace University - New York New York, NY
51 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
52 University of Illinois at Springfield Springfield, IL

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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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