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2021 Top Illinois Women's D1 Basketball Schools

12 Colleges
$29,447 Avg Tuition & Fees*
44% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Illinois ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

After analyzing 12 schools in Illinois, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in Illinois for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,770 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Northwestern took home $227,757 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Northwestern is ranked #1 for overall quality in Illinois.

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#2

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

Out of the 12 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, DePaul University landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school awarded 3,518 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at DePaul took home $3,462,918 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

On top of its placing in this ranking, DePaul also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#3

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

The excellent sports programs at Bradley University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. Located in Peoria, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Bradley brought home $1,589,763 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Bradley 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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Out of the 12 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #4 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UIUC took home $654,776 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

With a freshman retention rate of 92%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UIUC not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Northern Illinois University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois list. NIU is a public institution located in Dekalb, Illinois. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 3,441 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at NIU made $1,392,495 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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#6

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois list. This medium-sized public school is located in Macomb, Illinois, and it awarded 1,785 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at WIU made $975,303 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Loyola University Chicago came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 2,792 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Loyola Chicago made $1,867,202 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 989, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Loyola Chicago also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#8

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Illinois State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #8. Illinois State is located in Normal, Illinois and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Illinois State made $1,314,217 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 971.

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With a ranking of #9, Southern Illinois University Carbondale did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Carbondale, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,120 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at SIUC made $1,393,521 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 982 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#10

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #10, University of Illinois at Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This large public school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UIC took home $1,467,498 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Eastern Illinois University is a medium-sized public school located in Charleston, Illinois that handed out 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at EIU made $893,089 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#12

Chicago State University

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #12. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the small public school awarded 353 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at CSU made $805,100 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 931.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 12 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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