Elite 50: Ranking the Nation's Top College Softball Programs

Interested in applying to one of the nation's top softball colleges? STACK checked out a number of factors to bring you the nation's top softball programs.

In STACK's college softball rankings, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college softball program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 softball colleges, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any softball player seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.

 

 

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Elite 50In STACK's college softball rankings, we take you beyond wins and losses to reveal what truly makes a college softball program great. To come up with our list of the top 10 softball colleges, we consider a variety of factors—not just a team's record, but also academic rankings from U.S. News & World Report and Academic Progress Rates. The result is a list of schools we'd recommend to any softball player seeking an elite athletic program and a strong education. Learn more about how we arrived at our rankings through the Elite 50 guide, and browse through STACK's rankings for 20 other sports at the bottom of this page.


STACK's Top 10 Softball Colleges

College Score '12 U.S. News Rank APR [Out of 1,000] National Ranking '11/'10/'09 Games Above .500 [Past 3 Seasons] STACK Factor
1. Florida 100 58 993 2/6/2 140 144
2. Michigan 82.63 28 984 17/10/6 123 96
3. Alabama 82.22 75 994 3/9/3 126 60
4. Stanford 80.32 5 988 10/21/10 80 192
5. Georgia 77.33 62 974 9/3/4 109 84
6. UCLA 77.29 25 993 19/1/9 90 120
7. Missouri 76.74 90 997 6/8/8 119 72
8. Washington 76.40 42 970 12/5/1 101 96
9. Arizona State 73.46 132 997 1/12/5 109 108
10. Cal 64.00 21 919 5/13/11 75 120

 

 

 

Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium

 

 

Inside the Rankings: Florida Softball
The Gators grabbed the top spot in our softball rankings for the third year in a row. Since 1998, the team has made 12 NCAA tournament appearances, won two SEC conference championships and earned four trips to the College World Series.

Softball recruits are drawn to Gainesville not only because of the program's perennial success, but also for the opportunity to train and play in one of the most impressive facilities in college softball. Built in 1996 at a cost of $2.6 million, the Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium now boasts a 2,300-square-foot locker room, team rooms and equipment rooms adjacent to a training facility and clubhouse building. An enclosed batting cage puts icing on the cake.

The Gators are on the brink of winning their first College World Series, and Florida is an obvious choice for any softball player seeking a top-flight collegiate experience.

Check out the rest of STACK's college rankings:

Football Lacrosse Men's Swimming Men's Cross Country
Volleyball Women's Track Women's Swimming Men's Golf
Men's Basketball Men's Track Hockey Women's Golf
Women's Basketball Men's Soccer Wrestling Men's Tennis
Baseball Women's Soccer Women's Cross Country Women's Tennis

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