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2021 Top Arkansas Women's D2 Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$16,065 Avg Tuition & Fees*
26% 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 Arkansas ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

We analyzed 7 colleges and universities across Arkansas to determine which were the best for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Arkansas. 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 Arkansas for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Arkansas

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Harding University

Searcy, Arkansas

Our analysis found Harding University to be the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Arkansas in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Searcy, Arkansas, and it awarded 888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Harding took home $431,915 in revenue.

Harding also made our overall quality list, coming in at #3.

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#2

Ouachita Baptist University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

The excellent sports programs at Ouachita Baptist University helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Arkansas. Arkadelphia, Arkansas is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 399 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Ouachita Baptist made $410,032 in revenue, while incurring $409,205 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $827 for the sports team.

Ouachita Baptist also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

Arkansas Tech University

Russellville, Arkansas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Arkansas Tech University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. ATU is located in Russellville, Arkansas and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,360 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

ATU brought in $444,419 while tallying up $438,595 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $5,824. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 957.

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#4

University of Arkansas - Fort Smith

Fort Smith, Arkansas

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. UAFS is located in Fort Smith, Arkansas and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 826 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UAFS made $460,486 in revenue.

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#5

Henderson State University

Arkadelphia, Arkansas

A rank of #5 on our list means Henderson State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Arkansas working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the small public school handed out 534 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Henderson State University took home $363,365 in revenue.

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#6

University of Arkansas at Monticello

Monticello, Arkansas

University of Arkansas at Monticello came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Arkansas ranking. UAM is a small public school situated in Monticello, Arkansas. It awarded 444 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UAM took home $280,294 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #7, Southern Arkansas University Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Arkansas ranking. Southern Arkansas University Main Campus is a public institution located in Magnolia, Arkansas. The school has a small population, and it awarded 495 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Southern Arkansas University Main Campus made $300,353 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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