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2021 Top Tennessee Women's D1 Basketball Schools

11 Colleges
$26,842 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Tennessee ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 11 schools in Tennessee, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,280 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Vanderbilt took home $4,401,360 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 7 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 Tennessee ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Vanderbilt is ranked #1 for overall quality in Tennessee.

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Out of the 11 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, The University of Tennessee - Knoxville landed the #2 spot on the list. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, the large public school handed out 5,103 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UT Knoxville made $3,504,184 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. UT Knoxville not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Belmont University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee list. Belmont University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 1,635 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Belmont brought home $1,778,887 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Belmont also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#4

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

The excellent sports programs at Middle Tennessee State University helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee. Middle Tennessee State University is a public institution located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,078 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Middle Tennessee State University brought home $2,189,504 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#5

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Out of the 11 schools in Tennessee that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Memphis landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the large public school handed out 3,088 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UofM made $2,670,945 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga is a fairly large public school located in Chattanooga, Tennessee that handed out 2,082 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UT Chattanooga took home $1,292,068 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#7

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Lipscomb University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and it awarded 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Lipscomb made $1,473,559 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Lipscomb 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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#8

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tennessee Technological University is a fairly large public school located in Cookeville, Tennessee that handed out 2,248 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee Tech University made $1,065,541 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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With a ranking of #9, The University of Tennessee - Martin did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. This medium-sized public school is located in Martin, Tennessee, and it awarded 1,176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at UT Martin took home $1,290,531 in revenue and paid out $1,212,591 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $77,940 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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#10

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #10, Austin Peay State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Austin Peay State University is a fairly large public school located in Clarksville, Tennessee that handed out 1,517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Austin Peay State University brought in $970,360 while tallying up $960,807 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $9,553 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 986.

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#11

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #11, Tennessee State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,081 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee State University took home $974,978 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 11 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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