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2021 Top Tennessee Women's Basketball Schools

24 Colleges
$27,347 Avg Tuition & Fees*
35% 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. 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 Tennessee ranking is part of that endeavor.

After analyzing 24 schools in Tennessee, we came up with our list of those that offered the best educational experiences for Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee. 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 Tennessee for Women's Basketball athletes in Tennessee

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Vanderbilt University

Nashville, Tennessee

Our 2021 rankings named Vanderbilt University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Nashville, Tennessee, and it awarded 2,280 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Vanderbilt took home $4,401,360 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 989 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 97%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Vanderbilt did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend The University of Tennessee - Knoxville. The school came in at #2 in this year’s ranking. UT Knoxville is located in Knoxville, Tennessee and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 5,103 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UT Knoxville took home $3,504,184 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 971.

With a freshman retention rate of 86%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. UT Knoxville did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our overall quality list.

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#3

Belmont University

Nashville, Tennessee

A rank of #3 on our list means Belmont University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Belmont University is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 1,635 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Belmont brought home $1,778,887 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 991.

Belmont did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Middle Tennessee State University

Murfreesboro, Tennessee

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Middle Tennessee State University. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. Located in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, the large public school awarded 4,078 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Middle Tennessee State University took home $2,189,504 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 976, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#5

University of Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Memphis is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Tennessee working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the large public school awarded 3,088 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UofM brought home $2,670,945 in revenue in a single year. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 995.

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#6

Union University

Jackson, Tennessee

Union University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Located in Jackson, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 533 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Union took home $865,357 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 86%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. In addition to its great ranking here, Union is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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With a ranking of #7, The University of Tennessee - Chattanooga did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. UT Chattanooga is a public institution located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,082 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UT Chattanooga brought home $1,292,068 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 991, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#8

Lincoln Memorial University

Harrogate, Tennessee

Lincoln Memorial University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Harrogate, Tennessee, and it awarded 315 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at LMU took home $554,820 in revenue.

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#9

Lipscomb University

Nashville, Tennessee

Lipscomb University ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Lipscomb University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Nashville, Tennessee that handed out 774 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Lipscomb brought home $1,473,559 in revenue in a single year. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Lipscomb 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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#10

Tennessee Technological University

Cookeville, Tennessee

Tennessee Technological University ranked #10 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Cookeville, Tennessee is the setting for this fairly large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 2,248 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee Tech University took home $1,065,541 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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Sewanee - The University of the South ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Sewanee is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Sewanee, Tennessee. It awarded 432 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Sewanee brought home $177,179 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Sewanee did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #3 on our overall quality list.

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The University of Tennessee - Martin ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. UT Martin is located in Martin, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,176 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at UT Martin made $1,290,531 in revenue, while incurring $1,212,591 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $77,940 in profit. The great academic progress rate of 991 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#13

Maryville College

Maryville, Tennessee

Maryville College landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Maryville College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Maryville, Tennessee that handed out 266 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Maryville College took home $128,211 in revenue.

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#14

Lee University

Cleveland, Tennessee

Lee University came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Lee University is located in Cleveland, Tennessee and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 848 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Lee University made $636,243 in revenue.

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#15

Austin Peay State University

Clarksville, Tennessee

Austin Peay State University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #15. Austin Peay State University is a public institution located in Clarksville, Tennessee. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 1,517 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Austin Peay State University brought in $970,360 while tallying up $960,807 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $9,553, which isn’t bad at all. The great academic progress rate of 986 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#16

Christian Brothers University

Memphis, Tennessee

Christian Brothers University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #16. Christian Brothers is located in Memphis, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Christian Brothers took home $407,811 in revenue.

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#17

King University

Bristol, Tennessee

King University came in at #17 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. King University is a small private not-for-profit school located in Bristol, Tennessee that handed out 526 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at King took home $516,905 in revenue.

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#18

Rhodes College

Memphis, Tennessee

Rhodes College ranked #18 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee list. Located in Memphis, Tennessee, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 561 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Rhodes College brought in $176,223 while tallying up $174,290 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,933 for the sports team.

With a freshman retention rate of 91%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Rhodes College not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#19

Carson - Newman University

Jefferson City, Tennessee

Carson - Newman University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Carson - Newman is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jefferson City, Tennessee. It awarded 431 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Carson - Newman brought home $497,974 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Tennessee State University

Nashville, Tennessee

With a ranking of #20, Tennessee State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tennessee State University is a public institution located in Nashville, Tennessee. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,081 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Tennessee State University took home $974,978 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 976 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#21

Trevecca Nazarene University

Nashville, Tennessee

Trevecca Nazarene University landed the #21 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. TNU is located in Nashville, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 428 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at TNU took home $516,158 in revenue.

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#22

Lane College

Jackson, Tennessee

Lane College landed the #22 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Lane College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Jackson, Tennessee. It awarded 176 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Lane College took home $331,455 in revenue.

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#23

Tusculum College

Greeneville, Tennessee

Tusculum College landed the #23 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking. Tusculum College is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Greeneville, Tennessee. It awarded 309 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Tusculum College made $434,536 in revenue.

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#24

Le Moyne - Owen College

Memphis, Tennessee

Le Moyne - Owen College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Tennessee ranking, coming in at #24. Le Moyne - Owen College is located in Memphis, Tennessee and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 137 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Le Moyne - Owen College took home $161,778 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 24 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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