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2021 Top Plains States Region Women's D3 Basketball Schools

32 Colleges
$40,312 Avg Tuition & Fees*
63% 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. 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 the Plains States Region ranking.

After analyzing 32 schools in the Plains States Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. 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 the Plains States Region for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

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#1

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#1 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Our 2021 rankings named Washington University in St Louis the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Saint Louis, Missouri is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,407 students in 2018-2019.

WUSTL brought in $465,485 while tallying up $435,273 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $30,212, which isn’t bad at all.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, WUSTL is ranked #1 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#2

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#14 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend University of St Thomas Minnesota. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region list. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and it awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UST MN brought home $210,965 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UST MN is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#3

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
#10 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Gustavus Adolphus College. It ranked #3 on our 2021 Best Colleges for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Gustavus Adolphus is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Peter, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus took home $170,225 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Gustavus Adolphus also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#4

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#23 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 32 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Cornell College landed the #4 spot on the list. Cornell College is located in Mount Vernon, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 268 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Cornell College took home $259,879 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell College 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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#5

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Out of the 32 schools in the Plains States Region that were part of this year’s ranking, Bethel University Minnesota landed the #5 spot on the list. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 831 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota took home $135,624 in revenue.

Bethel University Minnesota 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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#6

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Wartburg College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Wartburg is located in Waverly, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 316 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Wartburg brought home $180,569 in revenue in a single year.

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#7

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
#5 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Grinnell College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Grinnell, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Grinnell brought home $138,202 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Grinnell is ranked #5 for overall quality in the Plains States Region .

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#8

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#18 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Luther College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Decorah, Iowa that handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Luther brought in $137,529 while tallying up $133,565 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $3,964, which isn’t bad at all.

Luther also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

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#9

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Morris landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UMN Morris is located in Morris, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 385 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UMN Morris made $95,932 in revenue, while incurring $90,566 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,366 for the sports team.

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#10

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#4 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Macalester College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #10. Macalester is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It awarded 679 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Macalester brought home $167,125 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Macalester also took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#11

Webster University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Webster University came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Webster University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Saint Louis, Missouri that handed out 724 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Webster took home $190,026 in revenue and paid out $150,759 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $39,267, which isn’t bad at all.

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#12

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Loras is located in Dubuque, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 429 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Loras took home $186,626 in revenue.

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#13

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota
#2 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Carleton College ranked #13 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Carleton took home $161,265 in revenue and paid out $155,894 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,371 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Carleton also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#14

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota
#8 in Quality in the Plains States Region

St Olaf College landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Northfield, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 920 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Olaf took home $131,429 in revenue and paid out $130,454 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $975.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. On top of its placing in this ranking, St. Olaf also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#15

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. University of Northwestern - St Paul is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Northwestern made $82,980 in revenue, while incurring $80,889 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,091 for the sports team.

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#16

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Augsburg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Augsburg made $148,210 in revenue.

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#17

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Coe College ranked #17 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 411 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Coe made $160,088 in revenue.

Coe 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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#18

Central College

Pella, Iowa
#24 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Central College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #18. Central is located in Pella, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 290 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Central took home $130,948 in revenue.

Central 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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#19

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota
#16 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Concordia College at Moorhead ranked #19 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Concordia College at Moorhead is a small private not-for-profit school located in Moorhead, Minnesota that handed out 540 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Concordia College Moorhead made $141,114 in revenue.

In addition to its great ranking here, Concordia College Moorhead is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#20

Nebraska Wesleyan University

Lincoln, Nebraska

With a ranking of #20, Nebraska Wesleyan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. NWU is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Lincoln, Nebraska. It awarded 480 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

NWU brought in $84,903 while tallying up $84,417 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $486, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Martin Luther College came in at #21 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. MLC is located in New Ulm, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 190 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at MLC took home $54,678 in revenue.

On top of its placing in this ranking, MLC 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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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Winona, Minnesota that handed out 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at SMU MN took home $108,192 in revenue.

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#23

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Simpson College ranked #23 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Simpson College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Indianola, Iowa that handed out 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Simpson College brought home $215,407 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Fontbonne University

Saint Louis, Missouri

Fontbonne University came in at #24 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Saint Louis, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 251 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Fontbonne University took home $113,206 in revenue and paid out $106,434 in expenses in recent times. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $6,772.

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#25

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

The College of Saint Scholastica landed the #25 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. St. Scholastica is located in Duluth, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 902 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

St. Scholastica brought in $172,663 while tallying up $135,053 in expenses for its D3 Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $37,610, which isn’t bad at all.

St. Scholastica excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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