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2021 Top Indiana Women's D1 Basketball Schools

9 Colleges
$35,575 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Indiana ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

After analyzing 9 schools in Indiana, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Indiana. 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 Indiana for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Indiana

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Notre Dame, Indiana. It awarded 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Notre Dame took home $2,017,752 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 98%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Notre Dame also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

A rank of #2 on our list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Purdue is a public institution located in West Lafayette, Indiana. The school has a large population, and it awarded 7,568 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Purdue made $6,843,854 in revenue, while incurring $4,242,993 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,600,861, which isn’t bad at all.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Purdue also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#3

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

A rank of #3 on our list means Indiana University - Bloomington is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the large public school awarded 7,952 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at IU Bloomington made $307,989 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. IU Bloomington not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Evansville. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Evansville, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 504 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UE brought home $1,456,245 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

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Out of the 9 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis landed the #5 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it awarded 4,420 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at IUPUI took home $1,286,185 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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#6

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

With a ranking of #6, Ball State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. This large public school is located in Muncie, Indiana, and it awarded 3,621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Ball State took home $1,525,995 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

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#7

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking, coming in at #7. Valpo is a private not-for-profit institution located in Valparaiso, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Valpo made $1,453,033 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Butler University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,065 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Butler took home $2,165,945 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#9

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana State University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Indiana list. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the fairly large public school awarded 2,011 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Indiana State brought home $1,362,920 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 938.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 9 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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