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2021 Top Indiana Women's Basketball Schools

17 Colleges
$35,761 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

It's not easy to decide which college to attend when there are so many options available for student athletes. At College Factual, we're committed to helping you make that decision by providing information such as that found in our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Indiana ranking.

Our analysis looked at 17 schools in Indiana to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Indiana. 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 Indiana for Women's Basketball athletes in Indiana

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of Notre Dame

Notre Dame, Indiana

Our 2021 rankings named University of Notre Dame the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Notre Dame, Indiana, the fairly large private not-for-profit school awarded 2,642 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Notre Dame took home $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.

With a freshman retention rate of 98%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Notre Dame also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, Indiana

A rank of #2 on our list means Purdue University - Main Campus is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in West Lafayette, Indiana, the large public school handed out 7,568 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Purdue brought in $6,843,854 while tallying up $4,242,993 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $2,600,861 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 91%. Purdue also made our overall quality list, coming in at #4.

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#3

Indiana University - Bloomington

Bloomington, Indiana

The excellent sports programs at Indiana University - Bloomington helped the school earn the #3 place on this year’s ranking of the best schools for Women’s Basketball athletes in Indiana. Bloomington, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 7,952 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.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. IU Bloomington not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

DePauw University

Greencastle, Indiana

Out of the 17 schools in Indiana that were part of this year’s ranking, DePauw University landed the #4 spot on the list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Greencastle, Indiana, and it awarded 595 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 89%. DePauw not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#5

University of Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Evansville. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. UE is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Evansville, Indiana. 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.

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Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Located in Indianapolis, Indiana, the large public school awarded 4,420 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at IUPUI took home $1,286,185 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#7

Ball State University

Muncie, Indiana

Ball State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking, coming in at #7. Muncie, Indiana is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 3,621 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Ball State took home $1,525,995 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 986, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, Indiana

Valparaiso University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking, coming in at #8. Located in Valparaiso, Indiana, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 893 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Valpo made $1,453,033 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#9

Trine University

Angola, Indiana

Trine University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking, coming in at #9. Trine is a private not-for-profit institution located in Angola, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 406 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Trine brought home $177,087 in revenue in a single year. The academic progress rate of the team is 973.

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#10

Butler University

Indianapolis, Indiana

Butler University landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Indianapolis, Indiana is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,065 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Butler took home $2,165,945 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#11

University of Southern Indiana

Evansville, Indiana

With a ranking of #11, University of Southern Indiana did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. USI is a public institution located in Evansville, Indiana. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,623 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USI made $566,502 in revenue, while incurring $559,890 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,612 in profit.

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#12

Hanover College

Hanover, Indiana

Hanover College came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Hanover, Indiana is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 247 students in 2018-2019.

The team at Hanover took home $202,007 in revenue and paid out $123,609 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $78,398 in profit.

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#13

Franklin College

Franklin, Indiana

Franklin College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Franklin, Indiana, and it awarded 265 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Franklin College of Indiana brought in $94,478 while tallying up $94,378 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $100.

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#14

Indiana State University

Terre Haute, Indiana

Indiana State University landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Located in Terre Haute, Indiana, the fairly large public school awarded 2,011 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Indiana State brought home $1,362,920 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 938.

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#15

Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana

Manchester University landed the #15 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Manchester University is a private not-for-profit institution located in North Manchester, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 325 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Manchester University took home $100,154 in revenue.

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#16

Earlham College

Richmond, Indiana

Earlham College landed the #16 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking. Earlham is a private not-for-profit institution located in Richmond, Indiana. The school has a small population, and it awarded 229 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Earlham brought home $142,242 in revenue in a single year.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#17

Anderson University Indiana

Anderson, Indiana

Anderson University Indiana did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Indiana ranking, coming in at #17. Anderson University Indiana is a small private not-for-profit school located in Anderson, Indiana that handed out 370 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Anderson University Indiana took home $142,494 in revenue and paid out $140,183 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $2,311 in profit.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 17 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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