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2021 Top Illinois Women's Basketball Schools

37 Colleges
$34,909 Avg Tuition & Fees*
54% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

When pursuing a degree in today's world, student athletes have many different options to choose from. College Factual was founded, in part, to help students make the decision as to what would be the best school for them. Our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Illinois ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 37 schools in Illinois to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois. 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 Illinois for Women's Basketball athletes in Illinois

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Northwestern University

Evanston, Illinois

Northwestern University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois. Located in Evanston, Illinois, the large private not-for-profit school handed out 2,770 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Northwestern made $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.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 6 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one. Northwestern also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

DePaul University

Chicago, Illinois

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend DePaul University. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. This large private not-for-profit school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 3,518 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at DePaul brought home $3,462,918 in revenue in a single year. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

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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#3

Wheaton College Illinois

Wheaton, Illinois

A rank of #3 on our list means Wheaton College Illinois is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. 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.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Wheaton College Illinois made $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 took the #4 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#4

Bradley University

Peoria, Illinois

A rank of #4 on our list means Bradley University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Illinois working on their bachelor’s degree. Bradley is a private not-for-profit institution located in Peoria, Illinois. The school has a medium-sized population, 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 great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Bradley also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 15% of all schools in this category.

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Out of the 37 schools in Illinois that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed the #5 spot on the list. UIUC is a large public school situated in Champaign, Illinois. It awarded 8,983 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UIUC brought home $654,776 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 92%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UIUC also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#6

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

With a ranking of #6, University of Chicago did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Chicago, Illinois, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,024 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UChicago took home $278,428 in revenue.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 5 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. UChicago did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #2 on our overall quality list.

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#7

Northern Illinois University

Dekalb, Illinois

Northern Illinois University ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois list. NIU is a fairly large public school situated in Dekalb, Illinois. It awarded 3,441 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at NIU made $1,392,495 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

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#8

Western Illinois University

Macomb, Illinois

Western Illinois University came in at #8 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Macomb, Illinois is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,785 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at WIU brought home $975,303 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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#9

Lewis University

Romeoville, Illinois

Lewis University landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Lewis is located in Romeoville, Illinois and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,234 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Lewis took home $605,979 in revenue.

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#10

Loyola University Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Loyola University Chicago did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #10. Chicago, Illinois is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,792 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Loyola Chicago took home $1,867,202 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 989.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Loyola Chicago 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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#11

Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, Illinois

Illinois Wesleyan University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #11. Illinois Wesleyan is located in Bloomington, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 434 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Illinois Wesleyan brought home $165,119 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Illinois Wesleyan also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

Illinois State University

Normal, Illinois

Illinois State University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Illinois State is a public institution located in Normal, Illinois. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,822 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Illinois State took home $1,314,217 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

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#13

Augustana College

Rock Island, Illinois

Augustana College came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Augustana is a private not-for-profit institution located in Rock Island, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 855 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Augustana brought home $198,146 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Augustana also is in the top 20% of our overall quality ranking.

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Southern Illinois University Carbondale landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. This fairly large public school is located in Carbondale, Illinois, and it awarded 3,120 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at SIUC made $1,393,521 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

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#15

University of Illinois at Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

University of Illinois at Chicago ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois list. This large public school is located in Chicago, Illinois, and it awarded 4,524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UIC made $1,467,498 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 977.

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#16

Knox College

Galesburg, Illinois

Knox College came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Galesburg, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 367 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Knox took home $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. Knox 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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#17

Elmhurst University

Elmhurst, Illinois

Elmhurst University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Elmhurst, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 863 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Elmhurst brought home $183,690 in revenue in a single year.

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#18

Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, Illinois

Eastern Illinois University came in at #18 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. EIU is a public institution located in Charleston, Illinois. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,244 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at EIU took home $893,089 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#19

North Central College

Naperville, Illinois

North Central College came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Located in Naperville, Illinois, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 872 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at North Central made $170,388 in revenue, while incurring $158,801 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $11,587.

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#20

Benedictine University

Lisle, Illinois

Benedictine University landed the #20 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for 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.

The team at Benedictine U took home $382,511 in revenue and paid out $354,476 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $28,035, which isn’t bad at all.

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#21

Greenville University

Greenville, Illinois

Greenville University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Greenville University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Greenville, Illinois that handed out 304 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Greenville made $96,188 in revenue, while incurring $81,788 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $14,400.

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#22

Illinois College

Jacksonville, Illinois

Illinois College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking, coming in at #22. Jacksonville, Illinois is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 256 students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Illinois College brought home $150,674 in revenue in a single year.

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#23

University of Illinois at Springfield

Springfield, Illinois

With a ranking of #23, University of Illinois at Springfield did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. UIS is located in Springfield, Illinois and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 680 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at UIS brought home $416,047 in revenue in a single year.

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#24

Lake Forest College

Lake Forest, Illinois

Lake Forest College landed the #24 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Lake Forest is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lake Forest, Illinois. The school has a small population, and it awarded 453 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Lake Forest made $141,676 in revenue.

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#25

Eureka College

Eureka, Illinois

With a ranking of #25, Eureka College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Illinois ranking. Eureka College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Eureka, Illinois that handed out 157 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Eureka College took home $63,757 in revenue.

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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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