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2021 Top Plains States Region Women's D1 Basketball Schools

19 Colleges
$25,123 Avg Tuition & Fees*
39% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking.

Our analysis looked at 19 schools in the Plains States Region to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in the Plains States Region for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#11 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Drake University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Des Moines, Iowa, and it awarded 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Drake brought in $3,190,374 while tallying up $2,024,296 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $1,166,078, which isn’t bad at all. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Drake also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#7 in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #2 on our list means Creighton University is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Omaha, Nebraska, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,243 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Creighton took home $1,806,785 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Creighton excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#25 in Quality in the Plains States Region

The excellent sports programs at University of Missouri - Columbia helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Columbia, Missouri is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 6,314 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Mizzou made $4,416,682 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Mizzou 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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#4

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#9 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Saint Louis University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 1,867 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at SLU brought home $2,640,557 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. On top of its placing in this ranking, SLU also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#5

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Iowa is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Iowa City, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,811 students in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Iowa brought home $1,645,981 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 982, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Iowa also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
#17 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Iowa State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Iowa State is a large public school situated in Ames, Iowa. It awarded 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Iowa State took home $630,789 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 985 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Iowa State also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#7

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Kansas State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This large public school is located in Manhattan, Kansas, and it awarded 4,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at K -State brought home $340,864 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 970.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, K -State also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#8

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Northern Iowa ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. This fairly large public school is located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNI brought home $1,231,707 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UNI 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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#9

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school handed out 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMN Twin Cities took home $1,089,358 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 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#10

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of North Dakota ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Grand Forks, North Dakota is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,231 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UND took home $1,860,378 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

South Dakota State University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at South Dakota State took home $1,584,178 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#12

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Vermillion, South Dakota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,352 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at USD made $1,332,037 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#13

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Nebraska - Lincoln landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Lincoln, Nebraska, the large public school awarded 4,859 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNL made $1,463,633 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

In addition to its great ranking here, UNL is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#14

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#21 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Kansas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #14. This large public school is located in Lawrence, Kansas, and it awarded 4,536 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at KU brought home $85,917 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

KU excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#15

Missouri State University - Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Missouri State University - Springfield came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Missouri State is a large public school situated in Springfield, Missouri. It awarded 3,756 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at Missouri State made $2,053,071 in revenue.

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#16

University of Missouri - Kansas City

Kansas City, Missouri

With a ranking of #16, University of Missouri - Kansas City did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UMKC is located in Kansas City, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,827 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at UMKC made $1,366,828 in revenue, while incurring $1,296,062 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $70,766 in profit. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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#17

Wichita State University

Wichita, Kansas

Wichita State University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Wichita, Kansas, and it awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at WSU took home $2,607,718 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 977 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

North Dakota State University - Main Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #18. North Dakota State University is a fairly large public school situated in Fargo, North Dakota. It awarded 2,588 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at North Dakota State University brought home $1,439,776 in revenue in a single year. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

In addition to its great ranking here, North Dakota State University is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#19

Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, Missouri

Southeast Missouri State University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Southeast Missouri State University is a public institution located in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,711 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at Southeast Missouri State University brought home $968,718 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 978, 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 19 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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