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2021 Top Plains States Region Women's D2 Basketball Schools

36 Colleges
$21,668 Avg Tuition & Fees*
32% 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. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking.

After analyzing 36 schools in the Plains States Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the Plains States Region for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
#19 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our 2021 rankings named Augustana University the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls made $752,345 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Augustana Sioux Falls 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

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Drury University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. Located in Springfield, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Drury University made $730,316 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 88%.

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#3

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #3 on our list means Rockhurst University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Rockhurst is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Kansas City, Missouri. It awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Rockhurst made $644,042 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. Rockhurst also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

A rank of #4 on our list means Winona State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Winona, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,822 students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Winona State brought home $467,754 in revenue in a single year.

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#5

Emporia State University

Emporia, Kansas

A rank of #5 on our list means Emporia State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Emporia, Kansas is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 822 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at ESU took home $531,854 in revenue.

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#6

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Truman State University landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Kirksville, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,216 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Truman State made $475,600 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. In addition to its great ranking here, Truman State is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, Kansas

With a ranking of #7, Pittsburg State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Pitt State is a medium-sized public school situated in Pittsburg, Kansas. It awarded 1,099 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Pitt State brought home $518,018 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

William Jewell College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #8. Liberty, Missouri is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 323 students in 2018-2019.

William Jewell brought in $537,672 while tallying up $534,947 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,725 for the sports team.

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#22 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Missouri University of Science and Technology came in at #9 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,388 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Missouri University of Science and Technology made $572,857 in revenue.

Missouri University of Science and Technology excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#10

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

With a ranking of #10, University of Missouri - St Louis did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UMSL is a public institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,921 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UMSL took home $595,188 in revenue.

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#11

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Warrensburg, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,021 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UCM made $708,627 in revenue.

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#12

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Northern State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. NSU is a small public school situated in Aberdeen, South Dakota. It awarded 305 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at NSU took home $687,318 in revenue and paid out $555,598 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $131,720, which isn’t bad at all.

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#13

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Maryville University of Saint Louis landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Maryville University of Saint Louis is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in Saint Louis, Missouri that handed out 616 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Maryville U brought home $669,305 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UMN Duluth is a public institution located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UMN Duluth brought home $529,130 in revenue in a single year.

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#15

University of Mary

Bismarck, North Dakota

University of Mary did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #15. UMary is a private not-for-profit institution located in Bismarck, North Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 532 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at UMary took home $520,370 in revenue.

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#16

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

With a ranking of #16, University of Sioux Falls did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at University of Sioux Falls took home $533,400 in revenue and paid out $526,403 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,997.

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#17

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology

Rapid City, South Dakota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

South Dakota School of Mines and Technology came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the small public school handed out 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at SD Mines brought home $403,958 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Concordia University, Saint Paul ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Concordia University, Saint Paul is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 752 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Saint Paul made $511,481 in revenue.

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#19

Newman University

Wichita, Kansas

Newman University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #19. Newman University is located in Wichita, Kansas and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 308 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Newman University made $579,927 in revenue.

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#20

Wayne State College

Wayne, Nebraska

Wayne State College came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Wayne, Nebraska, the small public school handed out 592 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at WSC made $409,436 in revenue.

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#21

University of Nebraska at Kearney

Kearney, Nebraska

University of Nebraska at Kearney came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Kearney, Nebraska, the medium-sized public school awarded 850 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at UNK brought home $558,857 in revenue in a single year.

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#22

Washburn University

Topeka, Kansas

Washburn University landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Topeka, Kansas, the medium-sized public school handed out 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Washburn University made $635,633 in revenue.

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#23

Fort Hays State University

Hays, Kansas

Fort Hays State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #23. This fairly large public school is located in Hays, Kansas, and it awarded 2,888 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

FHSU brought in $477,533 while tallying up $404,216 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $73,317.

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#24

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Missouri Western State University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Missouri Western is a public institution located in Saint Joseph, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Missouri Western brought home $631,185 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#25

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University came in at #25 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Charles, Missouri. It awarded 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lindenwood University brought home $766,475 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 25 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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