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2021 Top Iowa Women's D3 Basketball Schools

10 Colleges
$41,716 Avg Tuition & Fees*
59% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. Our mission at College Factual is to arm you with as much information as we can to help you make that decision. Our Best Colleges for Division III Women's Basketball in Iowa ranking is one tool we have developed to help in this regard.

Our analysis looked at 10 schools in Iowa to determine which ones were the best for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa. 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 Iowa for D3 Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

Our analysis found Cornell College to be the best school for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa in this year’s ranking. Cornell College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Mount Vernon, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 268 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Cornell College brought home $259,879 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell College 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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#2

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Out of the 10 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Wartburg College landed the #2 spot on the list. Wartburg is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Waverly, Iowa. It awarded 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#3

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Out of the 10 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Grinnell College landed the #3 spot on the list. Grinnell is located in Grinnell, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

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

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed. Grinnell not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

The excellent sports programs at Luther College helped the school earn the #4 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for D3 Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa. Luther is a private not-for-profit institution located in Decorah, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 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. That boils down to a yearly profit of $3,964 for the sports team.

Luther also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#5

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Out of the 10 schools in Iowa that were part of this year’s ranking, Loras College landed the #5 spot on the list. Located in Dubuque, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 429 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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#6

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Coe College ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Iowa list. Cedar Rapids, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 411 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at Coe took home $160,088 in revenue.

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#7

Central College

Pella, Iowa

Central College landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Located in Pella, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at Central brought home $130,948 in revenue in a single year.

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#8

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

Simpson College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #8. Indianola, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 464 students 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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#9

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

Buena Vista University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Iowa list. Located in Storm Lake, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the D3 Women’s Basketball team at BVU made $159,714 in revenue.

Since the school has a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, those pursuing a bachelor’s degree will have more opportunities to interact with their professors.

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#10

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

University of Dubuque did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Division III Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Dubuque, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 389 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The D3 Women’s Basketball team at UD brought home $171,564 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 10 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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