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2021 Top South Dakota Women's D1 Basketball Schools

2 Colleges
$12,698 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 South Dakota ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 2 colleges and universities across South Dakota to determine which were the best for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota for D1 Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:


South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

Our analysis found South Dakota State University to be the best school for D1 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota in this year’s ranking. South Dakota State is located in Brookings, South Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D1 Women’s Basketball team at South Dakota State took home $1,584,178 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 996, signifying that team members care about their grades.

South Dakota State also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of South Dakota. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. USD is a public institution located in Vermillion, South Dakota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D1 Women’s Basketball team at USD brought home $1,332,037 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.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Division I Women’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, USD is ranked #4 for overall quality in South Dakota.

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Notes and References


*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 2 schools only.


  • 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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