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334 D1 Women’s Soccer Colleges

Female soccer player representing D1 Women's soccer colleges listing(Complete list of D1 Women’s Soccer colleges is listed at the end.) There were 334 D1 Women’s Soccer programs reporting to the Office Of Postsecondary Education (OPE) in 2019, the most recently release year of data. Division 1 is the second largest for women’s soccer programs with D3 being the largest. Unlike D3 programs, D1 allows for up to 14 equivalency scholarships on women’s teams. These programs exist in all 50 states with the exception of Alaska. California had the most with 25 schools, followed by Texas with 22 and New York with 21.

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Who Spends the Most on NCAA D1 Soccer for Women?

The average team expenses for D1 women soccer colleges in 2019 was $1,075,805. This includes:

All expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities. This includes appearance guarantees and options, athletically related student aid, contract services, equipment, fundraising activities, operating expenses, promotional activities, recruiting expenses, salaries and benefits, supplies, travel, and any other expenses attributable to intercollegiate athletic activities.

Texas A&M reported the highest expenses at $3,073,882, making it the only team with over 3 million dollars in expenses. Florida State University was second with $2,791,925, and Brigham Young University ranked third at $2,567,800. The following are the top ten women’s D1 soccer colleges ranked by expenses:

  • Texas A & M University-College Station
  • Florida State University
  • Brigham Young University-Provo
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Baylor University
  • University of Notre Dame
  • Auburn University
  • Southern Methodist University

The top ten were spread out among six conferences with the SEC having the most with three programs. The ACC and Big 12 had two each, and the American Athletic Conference, Big Ten, and West Coast Conferences all had one each.

Only one team had expenses less than $200,000, Mississippi Valley State University. Another three schools, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, Alcorn State University, and Hampton University all had expenses under $300,000. The following ten ranked at the bottom of D1 Women’s Soccer colleges in terms of team expenses:

  • Mississippi Valley State University
  • University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
  • Alcorn State University
  • Hampton University
  • Saint Peter’s University
  • Southern University and A & M College
  • South Carolina State University
  • Grambling State University
  • Nicholls State University
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville

Five schools are in the Southwestern Athletic Conference, two in the Big South Conference, and the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and Southland Conference had one each.

Women’s D1 Soccer Colleges Graduation Rates

Players looking at Women’s D1 soccer colleges should consider both the athletic and general student population graduation rates. Unfortunately, schools don’t tend to make it easy to find athletic graduation rates but you can find out how at How to Find Student-Athlete Graduation Rates.

But why should athletes pay attention to the general student population graduation rates? The main reason is that for a variety of causes, soccer may go away. If it should, the former soccer athletes will want to know they’re still likely to graduate.

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In D1 women’s soccer, the University of Notre Dame had the highest 4-year graduation rate at 93%. Princeton, College of the Holy Cross, and Georgetown University tied for second with a 90% graduation rate. The following are the top 13 schools ranked by graduation rates (there was a 4-way tie for number 10):

  • University of Notre Dame
  • Princeton University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Georgetown University
  • Cornell University
  • Davidson College
  • Villanova University
  • Boston College
  • University of Virginia-Main Campus
  • Dartmouth College
  • Duke University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Vanderbilt University

The national 4-year college graduation rate average is less than 40%. A total of 198 schools had graduation rates higher than the average.

D1 Women’s Soccer Colleges: Size

When you think of D1 schools, you can’t help but think about the big schools that are nationally recognized.  There are 150 schools with 10,000 or more full-time undergraduates. If you include all schools with at least 5,000 full-time undergraduates, the number jumps to 241. The largest of these schools is Arizona State University, the only school with over 50,000 full-time undergraduates. Texas A&M, University of Central Florida, and Ohio State University follow with undergraduate totals over 40,000.

Not surprisingly, these schools tend to be classified as Doctoral Universities, 236 of them of which 194 are also classified as research institutions. However, those looking to play D1 do have some smaller options available. There are 92 schools with less than 5,000 full-time undergraduates, 25 of them had fewer than 2,500. Eleven of the schools are classified as Liberal Arts Colleges with the largest being Bucknell University with 3,686 full-time undergraduates.

Costs of D1 Women’s Soccer Colleges

While most athletes naturally assume that their scholarships will pay for college, the truth is very different. Soccer is an equivalency sport meaning that the one scholarship can be divided among multiple players. Given the number of players listed on a roster, it’s obvious if a full-ride is happening, it’s for a select few. And remember, the scholarship is a maximum, there’s nothing that says colleges have to fully fund the maximum allowed and it’s a pretty safe bet that most don’t.

Therefore, families need to pay attention to college costs after all. The average total cost of attendance for private schools with D1 women’s soccer was $64,420. A total of 41 charged over $70,000 with five charging more than $80,000. Northwestern University had the highest price tag at $81,283. Only 16 schools were under the $50,000 mark.

If you’re lucky enough to play for a school where you qualify for in-state tuition, you’re looking at lower prices. The average total cost of attendance (tuition, room, and board) comes down to $26,744. However, two schools, University of California-Berkeley and William & Mary still top out over $40,000. Another 42 schools cost over $30,000 a year. And remember that’s in-state tuition. If you aren’t a resident, you’re looking at private school prices. 41 of the public schools charge $50,000 or more for out-of-state students with 11 charging more than $60,000.

Fortunately, you may have heard that most students don’t pay the actual sticker price, which is true. As you research your options, you need to pay attention to the average net price. This is the average price students pay after deducting all gift aid. The average net price among public universities with D1 women’s soccer was $15,331 while private schools had an average net price of $30,506. Of course, this is an average, therefore some will pay much more and others much less. You can learn more about average net price at Why Your EFC Should be how you Start Your College Search. The DIY College Rankings Soccer Spreadsheet includes average net price as well as average net price by income categories.

334 NCAA Women’s D1 Soccer Colleges

The following table lists all colleges reporting NCAA D1 soccer programs for women in 2019 (there is a delay in reporting the data.) It includes team expenses which can vary dramatically simply because of travel costs to play in the region or for post-conference play. All of this information can be found in the  DIY College Rankings Soccer Spreadsheet which includes two years of free updates.

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D1 Women’s Soccer Colleges

wdt_ID Name State Conference Women 2019 Expenses Women 2019 # Partici-pants Full-time Under-grads 4-yr Grad Rate
1 Alabama A & M University AL Southwestern Athletic Conference 579,989 23 4,663 11
2 Alabama State University AL Southwestern Athletic Conference 435,889 23 3,289 15
3 Auburn University AL Southeastern Conference 2,383,865 24 22,458 51
4 Jacksonville State University AL Ohio Valley Conference 582,649 23 6,031 22
5 Samford University AL Southern Conference 1,069,241 27 3,501 66
6 The University of Alabama AL Southeastern Conference 1,883,398 31 27,750 52
7 Troy University AL Sun Belt Conference 681,880 33 8,208 27
8 University of Alabama at Birmingham AL Conference USA 865,816 30 10,402 38
9 University of North Alabama AL Atlantic Sun Conference 482,809 27 4,708 27
10 University of South Alabama AL Sun Belt Conference 832,813 28 7,611 26
Name State Conference Women 2019 Expenses Women 2019 # Partici-pants Full-time Under-grads 4-yr Grad Rate
334 D1 Women\'s Soccer Colleges

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