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2021 Top Illinois Women's D2 Basketball Schools

4 Colleges
$28,469 Avg Tuition & Fees*
36% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in Illinois ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

Our analysis looked at 4 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois. Our ranking is based on several objective factors, including the school's overall quality and the athletic competitiveness of the school. We steer clear of subjective measures since they don't give a clear picture when determining how one school compares to another. So, even if a school has a great team, it won't place well if it is also considered a low quality college or university.

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Top Colleges in Illinois for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Our analysis found Lewis University to be the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois in this year’s ranking. Lewis University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Romeoville, Illinois that 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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#2

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

The excellent sports programs at University of Illinois at Springfield helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. University of Illinois at Springfield is a small public school located in Springfield, Illinois that 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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#3

McKendree University

Lebanon, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend McKendree University. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois list. Located in Lebanon, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 484 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at McKendree made $501,487 in revenue, while incurring $493,661 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $7,826 in profit.

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#4

Quincy University

Quincy, Illinois

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Quincy University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois list. Located in Quincy, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 218 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Quincy U took home $457,080 in revenue and paid out $456,132 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $948 in profit.

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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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