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2021 Top Iowa Women's D1 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$30,035 Avg Tuition & Fees*
49% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division I Women's Basketball in Iowa ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Iowa to determine which ones were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa. 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 Iowa for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Drake University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Located in Des Moines, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 896 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Drake brought in $3,190,374 while tallying up $2,024,296 in expenses for its D1 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,166,078 for the sports team. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 990.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Drake is ranked #2 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Iowa is a great place for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the large public school handed out 5,811 bachelor’s degrees 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Iowa is ranked #3 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#3

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

Out of the 4 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Iowa State University landed the #3 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Ames, Iowa, and 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. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Iowa State is ranked #4 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Northern Iowa. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the fairly large public school handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at UNI made $1,231,707 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, 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 4 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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