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2021 Top South Dakota Women's D2 Basketball Schools

5 Colleges
$18,385 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When it comes to choosing a college, student athletes have a lot of options - but not all of them are good. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Division II Women's Basketball in South Dakota ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 5 schools in South Dakota, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota for D2 Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Augustana University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it awarded 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $752,345 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division II Women’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Augustana Sioux Falls is ranked #1 for overall quality in South Dakota.

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#2

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

A rank of #2 on our list means Northern State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. NSU is located in Aberdeen, South Dakota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 305 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at NSU took home $687,318 in revenue and paid out $555,598 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $131,720 in profit.

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

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#3

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The excellent sports programs at University of Sioux Falls helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota. 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 D2 Women’s Basketball team at University of Sioux Falls made $533,400 in revenue, while incurring $526,403 in expenses. Thus, the team actually made $6,997, which isn’t bad at all.

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A rank of #4 on our list means South Dakota School of Mines and Technology is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the small public school awarded 465 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D2 Women’s Basketball team at SD Mines made $403,958 in revenue.

SD Mines not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#5

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

A rank of #5 on our list means Black Hills State University is a great place for D2 Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. Black Hills State University is a small public school located in Spearfish, South Dakota that handed out 438 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

BHSU brought in $516,718 while tallying up $483,242 in expenses for its D2 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $33,476 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 5 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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