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2021 Top Great Lakes Region Women's Basketball Schools

146 Colleges
$36,353 Avg Tuition & Fees*
53% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

With all of the options student athletes have for higher education today, it can be tough to choose which direction to take. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking - to help you make that decision.

After analyzing 146 schools in the Great Lakes Region , we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. To come up with this ranking, we look at a number of factors that are all objective measurements. These factors include the school's overall quality as determined by our Best Colleges ranking and the athletic competitiveness of the school. Thus, in order to rank well, the school must offer a quality education in addition to having a great sports team.

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Top Colleges in the Great Lakes Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region

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#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana
#2 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Notre Dame is a fairly large private not-for-profit school situated in Notre Dame, Indiana. It awarded 2,642 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Notre Dame made $2,017,752 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Notre Dame is ranked #2 for overall quality in the Great Lakes Region .

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#2

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois
#1 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Northwestern University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Evanston, Illinois, and it awarded 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Northwestern took home $227,757 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 98%. Northwestern not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Marquette University

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
#20 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

The excellent sports programs at Marquette University helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and it awarded 2,204 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Marquette brought in $4,572,038 while tallying up $4,427,322 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $144,716. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 89%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Marquette 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

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

A rank of #4 on our list means DePaul University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Great Lakes Region working on their bachelor’s degree. DePaul is a large private not-for-profit school situated in Chicago, Illinois. It awarded 3,518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at DePaul took home $3,462,918 in revenue. The team had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

In addition to its great ranking here, DePaul is in the top 20% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#25 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Ohio State University - Main Campus. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Ohio State is a public institution located in Columbus, Ohio. The school has a large population, and it awarded 11,596 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Ohio State brought home $794,802 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 94%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Ohio State is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#6

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Ann Arbor, Michigan
#4 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Ann Arbor, Michigan, the large public school awarded 7,815 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at U-M made $466,499 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 97%. U-M also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#7

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana
#9 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #7, Purdue University - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Purdue is a large public school situated in West Lafayette, Indiana. It awarded 7,568 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Purdue made $6,843,854 in revenue, while incurring $4,242,993 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,600,861 in profit.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, Purdue 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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#8

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana
#17 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Indiana University - Bloomington came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, the large public school awarded 7,952 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at IU Bloomington brought home $307,989 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 980, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 91%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. IU Bloomington 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

Michigan State University

East Lansing, Michigan
#12 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Michigan State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #9. Michigan State is located in East Lansing, Michigan and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 8,997 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Michigan State made $668,938 in revenue. The academic progress rate of the team is 953.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Michigan State 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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#10

University of Dayton

Dayton, Ohio
#21 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #10, University of Dayton did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Dayton, Ohio is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,167 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UDayton made $1,428,038 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 90%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UDayton also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#11

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana
#5 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

DePauw University landed the #11 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at DePauw took home $336,758 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. DePauw also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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Ohio University - Athens Campus did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #12. Athens, Ohio is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,349 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at OHIO Athens brought home $1,702,432 in revenue in a single year.

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#13

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana
Top 20% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Evansville landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Evansville, Indiana, and it awarded 504 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UE brought home $1,456,245 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 957.

On top of its placing in this ranking, UE 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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#14

Central Michigan University

Mount Pleasant, Michigan

With a ranking of #14, Central Michigan University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, and it awarded 4,343 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Central Michigan brought home $1,833,286 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 996 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Ohio Northern University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Ada, Ohio, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 415 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at ONU made $268,794 in revenue.

As a testament to the quality of education it offers, ONU also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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Top 25% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #16, University of Cincinnati - Main Campus did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This large public school is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, and it awarded 6,175 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UC brought home $2,790,939 in revenue in a single year. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%.

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#17

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois
#14 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Wheaton College Illinois came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Wheaton, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 720 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

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

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#18

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #18, Bradley University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This medium-sized private not-for-profit school is located in Peoria, Illinois, and it awarded 1,048 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Bradley took home $1,589,763 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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, Bradley also is in the top 15% of our overall quality ranking.

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#19

University of Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

With a ranking of #19, University of Toledo did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. University of Toledo is a fairly large public school located in Toledo, Ohio that handed out 3,077 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at University of Toledo took home $2,299,814 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 996, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#20

Michigan Technological University

Houghton, Michigan
Top 15% in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

Michigan Technological University came in at #20 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Houghton, Michigan, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,197 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Michigan Tech took home $771,208 in revenue and paid out $681,317 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $89,891 for the sports team.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Michigan Tech 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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#21

University of Wisconsin - Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
#8 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

University of Wisconsin - Madison landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, the large public school handed out 8,915 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UW - Madison took home $2,070,214 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 987, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 95%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, UW - Madison also is in the top 5% of our overall quality ranking.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #22. This large public school is located in Indianapolis, Indiana, and it awarded 4,420 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at IUPUI brought home $1,286,185 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#23

Ashland University

Ashland, Ohio

Ashland University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking, coming in at #23. Ashland is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school situated in Ashland, Ohio. It awarded 801 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Ashland brought home $704,627 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

With a ranking of #24, Ball State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. Ball State University is a large public school located in Muncie, Indiana that handed out 3,621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Ball State made $1,525,995 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#11 in Quality in the Great Lakes Region

With a ranking of #24, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking. This large public school is located in Champaign, Illinois, and it awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UIUC took home $654,776 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. On top of its placing in this ranking, UIUC 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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Honorable Mentions

These schools also performed well in our Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Great Lakes Region ranking:

Rank College Location
26 Hope College Holland, MI
27 University of Chicago Chicago, IL
28 Miami University - Oxford Oxford, OH
29 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI

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Notes and References

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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