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2021 Top Missouri Women's D2 Basketball Schools

13 Colleges
$23,451 Avg Tuition & Fees*
35% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. College Factual has developed its Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in Missouri ranking as one item you can use to help make this decision.

We analyzed 13 colleges and universities across Missouri to determine which were the best for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in Missouri. Our ranking methodology focuses a number of different objective factors - such as the overall quality of the school, the school's athletic competitiveness, and the amount of athletic aid per student - to make this determination. Having a great sports team is not enough - the school must also focus on academic excellence.

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

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Drury University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Missouri. Drury University is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Springfield, Missouri. It awarded 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Drury University brought home $730,316 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#2

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Rockhurst University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Missouri list. Rockhurst is a private not-for-profit institution located in Kansas City, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Rockhurst brought home $644,042 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Rockhurst 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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#3

Truman State University

Kirksville, Missouri

A rank of #3 on our list means Truman State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Missouri working on their bachelor’s degree. 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. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Truman State also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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#4

William Jewell College

Liberty, Missouri

The excellent sports programs at William Jewell College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in Missouri. William Jewell is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Liberty, Missouri. It awarded 323 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at William Jewell made $537,672 in revenue, while incurring $534,947 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $2,725, which isn’t bad at all.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Missouri University of Science and Technology. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Rolla, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 1,388 bachelor’s degrees 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 did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Missouri - St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

University of Missouri - St Louis came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. University of Missouri - St Louis is a fairly large public school located in Saint Louis, Missouri that handed out 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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#7

University of Central Missouri

Warrensburg, Missouri

University of Central Missouri came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. UCM is located in Warrensburg, Missouri and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,021 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

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#8

Maryville University of Saint Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri

With a ranking of #8, Maryville University of Saint Louis did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 616 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Maryville U took home $669,305 in revenue.

Maryville U 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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#9

Missouri Western State University

Saint Joseph, Missouri

With a ranking of #9, Missouri Western State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Located in Saint Joseph, Missouri, the medium-sized public school handed out 759 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Missouri Western made $631,185 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#10

Lindenwood University

Saint Charles, Missouri

Lindenwood University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri list. Lindenwood University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Charles, Missouri that handed out 1,829 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Lindenwood University took home $766,475 in revenue.

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#11

Southwest Baptist University

Bolivar, Missouri

Southwest Baptist University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Southwest Baptist University is located in Bolivar, Missouri and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 378 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Southwest Baptist University took home $520,106 in revenue.

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#12

Northwest Missouri State University

Maryville, Missouri

Northwest Missouri State University ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri list. Northwest is a public institution located in Maryville, Missouri. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,101 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Northwest took home $639,527 in revenue.

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With a ranking of #13, Missouri Southern State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in Missouri ranking. Missouri Southern State University is a medium-sized public school located in Joplin, Missouri that handed out 979 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D2 Women’s Basketball team at Missouri Southern made $598,038 in revenue, while incurring $538,408 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $59,630.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 13 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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