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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Women's D2 Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$25,690 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% 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 II Women's Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 24 schools in the Great Lakes Region to determine which ones were the best for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes 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 Great Lakes Region for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Our 2021 rankings named Michigan Technological University the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Michigan Technological University is a medium-sized public school located in Houghton, Michigan that handed out 1,197 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Michigan Tech took home $771,208 in revenue and paid out $681,317 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $89,891 for the sports team.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Michigan Tech also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#2

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Ashland University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in Ashland, Ohio, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Ashland took home $704,627 in revenue.

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#3

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Out of the 24 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Grand Valley State University landed the #3 spot on the list. Allendale, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,421 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at GVSU made $840,100 in revenue.

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#4

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Out of the 24 schools in the Great Lakes Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Lewis University landed the #4 spot on the list. Located in Romeoville, Illinois, the medium-sized private not-for-profit school handed out 1,234 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lewis brought home $605,979 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

Cedarville University

Cedarville, Ohio
Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Cedarville University. It ranked #5 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region list. Cedarville is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Cedarville, Ohio. It awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Cedarville took home $605,037 in revenue.

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#6

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

University of Southern Indiana ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. University of Southern Indiana is a fairly large public school located in Evansville, Indiana that handed out 1,623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at USI took home $566,502 in revenue and paid out $559,890 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $6,612, which isn’t bad at all.

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#7

The University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio

The University of Findlay landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Findlay, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 622 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Findlay brought in $623,006 while tallying up $619,483 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $3,523.

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#8

Malone University

Canton, Ohio

Malone University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Canton, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 325 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Malone brought home $333,863 in revenue in a single year.

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#9

Ursuline College

Pepper Pike, Ohio

Ursuline College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Ursuline College is located in Pepper Pike, Ohio and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 165 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Ursuline College made $383,465 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#10

Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, Michigan

Saginaw Valley State University came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Saginaw Valley State University is a medium-sized public school situated in University Center, Michigan. It awarded 1,527 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Saginaw Valley State University took home $622,916 in revenue.

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#11

Walsh University

North Canton, Ohio

With a ranking of #11, Walsh University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Walsh is a small private not-for-profit school situated in North Canton, Ohio. It awarded 511 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Walsh took home $728,332 in revenue and paid out $691,278 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $37,054.

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#12

Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, Ohio

Ohio Dominican University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. ODU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a small population, and it awarded 267 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

ODU brought in $524,098 while tallying up $491,692 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $32,406 in profit.

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#13

Wayne State University

Detroit, Michigan

Wayne State University ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. Detroit, Michigan is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,652 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Wayne State made $716,549 in revenue.

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#14

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

University of Illinois at Springfield did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #14. Located in Springfield, Illinois, the small public school handed out 680 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UIS took home $416,047 in revenue.

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#15

Northern Michigan University

Marquette, Michigan

With a ranking of #15, Northern Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Marquette, Michigan, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,219 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Northern Michigan University made $708,466 in revenue, while incurring $687,557 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $20,909, which isn’t bad at all.

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#16

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

McKendree University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lebanon, Illinois, and it awarded 484 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at McKendree made $501,487 in revenue, while incurring $493,661 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $7,826 for the sports team.

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#17

Ferris State University

Big Rapids, Michigan

Ferris State University landed the #17 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Big Rapids, Michigan, and it awarded 2,493 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Ferris made $533,499 in revenue, while incurring $473,612 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $59,887 in profit.

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#18

Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste Marie, Michigan

Lake Superior State University ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. Lake Superior State University is a public institution located in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan. The school has a small population, and it awarded 393 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lake Superior State University made $329,378 in revenue.

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#19

Central State University

Wilberforce, Ohio

With a ranking of #19, Central State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small public school is located in Wilberforce, Ohio, and it awarded 185 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Central State University took home $290,806 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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#20

Notre Dame College

Cleveland, Ohio

Notre Dame College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Notre Dame College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Cleveland, Ohio that handed out 301 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at NDC brought home $356,416 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

University of Wisconsin - Parkside

Kenosha, Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin - Parkside landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. UW - Parkside is a public institution located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The school has a small population, and it awarded 786 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UW - Parkside made $398,366 in revenue.

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#22

Lake Erie College

Painesville, Ohio

Lake Erie College landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Painesville, Ohio is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 155 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at LEC took home $297,514 in revenue.

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#23

Quincy University

Quincy, Illinois

Quincy University ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region list. Located in Quincy, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 218 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Quincy U made $457,080 in revenue, while incurring $456,132 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $948 for the sports team.

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#24

Tiffin University

Tiffin, Ohio

Tiffin University landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Tiffin, Ohio, and it awarded 535 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Tiffin University took home $476,179 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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