The 10 Best Female Collegiate A Cappella Groups

5. Men in Drag (University of Chicago)

Don’t let the name fool you; this a cappella group is made up of 100 percent collegiettes. Whether they’re sporting dresses to competitions or wearing their iconic shirts with ties, Men in Drag is one of the coolest female a cappella groups around. Their latest album, “Late Nights, Paraders,” scored five CARA nominations and won “Best Scholastic Original” in 2013. If that’s not impressive enough, Men in Drag has also been featured on several a cappella compilation albums: their rendition of “Cherry Pie” was featured on 2013’s BOCA album, and you can hear the group’s “On the Wing” arrangement on the 2011 “Voices Only” album. We know what you’re thinking, and we’re also extremely jealous of their talent.

4. Noteworthy (Brigham Young University)

It’s amazing how much nine girls can accomplish. With three albums, a bevy of incredible mash-ups, and even a few music videos, Noteworthy’s nine talented singers are nothing short of amazing. Don’t believe us? Well, both The Sing-Off Season One and the judges of the ICCA also think so. Additionally, Noteworthy was featured in an NBC Sports story and the group’s rendition of “Listen” was featured in BOCA’s 2010 album. Long story short, they’re amazing.

3. Divisi (University of Oregon)

When we listen to Divisi’s covers of Alicia Keys’ “Fallin’” and Sara Bareilles’s “Many the Miles”, we can’t help but sing along! And given Divisi’s long lists of accomplishments, we have a feeling that we’re not the only ones. Not only did Divisi tie for “Favorite Female Collegiate Group” at the 2013 A Cappella Community Awards, the group also won CARAs for “Best Female Collegiate Album of the Year” and “Best Female Collegiate Arrangement” in 2006.  When they’re not traveling the country, Divisi performs every Friday for University of Oregon students and community members. Save us a seat!

2. The Loreleis (The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Between dropping new albums every other year and touring nationally and internationally twice a year, it’s safe to say that the Loreleis are one busy a cappella group. Fortunately, all their hard work has paid off. Their most recent album, “A Kick & A Wallop,” earned six CARA Awards nominations in 2012. In addition to winning two CARAs for their album “Philophony” in 2011, several members have snagged awards for their incredible solo performances. Oh, and in case this wasn’t impressive enough, the Loreleis placed second at the Southern Quarterfinals of ICCA in 2011 and were featured on “Ben Folds Presents: University A Cappella!” in 2009.  We don’t know about you, but we’re definitely getting tickets to their next a cappella concert.

1.  The Sil’hooettes (University of Virginia)

They’re too modest to admit it themselves, but The Virginia Sil’hooettes are basically celebrities. And no, we’re not referring to their place on our original co-ed list. Not only has the all-girl a cappella group performed on a radio station in Boston and had a brief cameo on MTV’s The Seven, the Sils have also opened for B.o.B. and Ben Folds. As expected, the Sils’ amazing arrangements have landed them on multiple BOCA albums: their rendition of Radiohead’s “Idioteque” made the cut in 2012,“Telephone” was featured in 2011 and “You’ll Think Of Me” is on the compilation’s 2008 album. Oh, and did we mention their album “Playing with Lightning” snagged three CARAs this year? Impressed yet? Yeah, us too.


Which a cappella groups did you love? All of them, right?  Which of your favorite female awesome a cappella groups did we leave out? Sound off below!