The top 10 universities in America for women's soccer are: Stanford, Notre Dame, North Carolina, Portland, Florida, UCLA, Boston College, Florida State, Texas A&M and Virginia, as ranked by STACK. Judging criteria included win-loss records, academic progress rates and academic ratings from U.S. News & World Report.
Ranked as the top women's soccer program in the nation by STACK, Stanford won the women's NCAA soccer championship in 2011 and finished as runners-up in 2009 and 2010, as noted on the school website. As of 2015, the team has won a total of nine Pac-12 Conference titles, made 24 NCAA Tournament appearances and seven NCAA College Cup appearances. In 2011, Stanford soccer standout Teresa Noyola won the Hermann Trophy for best player of the year and teammate Lindsay Taylor was runner-up.
The University of Portland is the smallest school on STACK's list of the best soccer programs, with just 3,259 students, as of 2011. Although it is rare for small schools to be able to compete at the national level, the Portland Pistols have dominated women's college soccer, winning multiple national titles. The program hires effective coaches and attracts top level players, and the tight-knit local community provides unwavering support, notes STACK.