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2021 Top Tennessee Women's D2 Basketball Schools

10 Colleges
$23,122 Avg Tuition & Fees*
29% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in Tennessee ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 10 schools in Tennessee, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Union University the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Union University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Jackson, Tennessee that handed out 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Union took home $865,357 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Union also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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#2

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Lincoln Memorial University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Harrogate, Tennessee, and it awarded 315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at LMU brought home $554,820 in revenue in a single year.

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#3

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Lee University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Lee University is located in Cleveland, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lee University took home $636,243 in revenue.

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#4

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Christian Brothers University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Christian Brothers University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Memphis, Tennessee that handed out 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Christian Brothers brought home $407,811 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

The excellent sports programs at King University helped the school earn the #5 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Bristol, Tennessee, and it awarded 526 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at King took home $516,905 in revenue.

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#6

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Carson - Newman University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Located in Jefferson City, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Carson - Newman brought home $497,974 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Trevecca Nazarene University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #7. TNU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Nashville, Tennessee. It awarded 428 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at TNU brought home $516,158 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Lane College

Jackson, Tennessee

Lane College landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Lane College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Jackson, Tennessee that handed out 176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lane College took home $331,455 in revenue.

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#9

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #9, Tusculum College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tusculum College is located in Greeneville, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 309 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Tusculum College made $434,536 in revenue.

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#10

Le Moyne - Owen College

Memphis, Tennessee

Le Moyne - Owen College came in at #10 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Le Moyne - Owen College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Memphis, Tennessee that handed out 137 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Le Moyne - Owen College brought home $161,778 in revenue in a single year.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 10 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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