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2021 Top Illinois Women's D3 Basketball Schools

21 Colleges
$36,661 Avg Tuition & Fees*
51% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 III Women's Basketball in Illinois ranking.

We analyzed 21 colleges and universities across Illinois to determine which were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois. 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 Illinois for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

Our analysis found Wheaton College Illinois to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois in this year’s ranking. Wheaton, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 720 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Illinois took home $232,747 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 93%. Wheaton College Illinois also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#2

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

The excellent sports programs at University of Chicago helped the school earn the #2 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. UChicago is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 2,024 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UChicago brought home $278,428 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 99%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UChicago also made our overall quality list, coming in at #2.

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#3

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

A rank of #3 on our list means Illinois Wesleyan University is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Bloomington, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 434 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Illinois Wesleyan took home $165,119 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Illinois Wesleyan also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#4

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

A rank of #4 on our list means Augustana College is a great place for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Rock Island, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 855 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Augustana made $198,146 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Augustana 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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#5

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Out of the 21 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, Knox College landed the #5 spot on the list. Knox is located in Galesburg, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 367 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Knox made $146,490 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 87%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Knox also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 20% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, and it awarded 863 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Elmhurst made $183,690 in revenue.

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#7

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

With a ranking of #7, North Central College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Naperville, Illinois, and it awarded 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at North Central took home $170,388 in revenue and paid out $158,801 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $11,587, which isn’t bad at all.

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#8

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Lisle, Illinois, and it awarded 777 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Benedictine U brought in $382,511 while tallying up $354,476 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $28,035 for the sports team.

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#9

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Greenville, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Greenville took home $96,188 in revenue and paid out $81,788 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $14,400 in profit.

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#10

Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois

Illinois College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Jacksonville, Illinois, and it awarded 256 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Illinois College made $150,674 in revenue.

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#11

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois

With a ranking of #11, Lake Forest College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Lake Forest is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lake Forest, Illinois. It awarded 453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Lake Forest took home $141,676 in revenue.

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#12

Eureka College

Eureka, Illinois

Eureka College landed the #12 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Eureka, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 157 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Eureka College brought home $63,757 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

North Park University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #13. North Park is a private not-for-profit institution located in Chicago, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 499 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at North Park made $189,986 in revenue.

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#14

Millikin University

Decatur, Illinois

With a ranking of #14, Millikin University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Millikin is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Decatur, Illinois. It awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Millikin brought in $180,878 while tallying up $178,760 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $2,118, which isn’t bad at all.

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#15

Dominican University

River Forest, Illinois

Dominican University came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Dominican University is a small private not-for-profit school located in River Forest, Illinois that handed out 500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Dominican U made $139,927 in revenue.

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#16

Concordia University, Chicago

River Forest, Illinois

Concordia University, Chicago landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Concordia University, Chicago is located in River Forest, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Chicago made $128,516 in revenue, while incurring $119,964 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $8,552.

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#17

Monmouth College

Monmouth, Illinois

With a ranking of #17, Monmouth College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Monmouth is a private not-for-profit institution located in Monmouth, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 238 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Monmouth made $77,414 in revenue.

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#18

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Aurora University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #18. Aurora is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Aurora, Illinois. It awarded 1,138 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Aurora brought home $117,998 in revenue in a single year.

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#19

Rockford University

Rockford, Illinois

Rockford University ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois list. Rockford is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rockford, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 251 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Rockford made $102,460 in revenue.

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#20

MacMurray College

Jacksonville, Illinois

With a ranking of #20, MacMurray College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Jacksonville, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 123 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Mac took home $81,840 in revenue and paid out $79,625 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,215.

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#21

Blackburn College

Carlinville, Illinois

Blackburn College landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Blackburn is located in Carlinville, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 120 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Blackburn took home $71,399 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 21 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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