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2021 Top Plains States Region Women's Basketball Schools

87 Colleges
$34,609 Avg Tuition & Fees*
53% 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 the Plains States Region ranking is part of that endeavor.

Our analysis looked at 87 schools in the Plains States Region to determine which ones were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. 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 the Plains States Region for Women's Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa
#11 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Drake University tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region. Drake is located in Des Moines, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 896 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at Drake made $3,190,374 in revenue, while incurring $2,024,296 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $1,166,078. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Drake excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#2

Creighton University

Omaha, Nebraska
#7 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Creighton University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region list. Omaha, Nebraska is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 1,243 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Creighton took home $1,806,785 in revenue. With a perfect academic progress rate of 1000, the team is showing that they know how to hit the books, too.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Creighton 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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#3

University of Missouri - Columbia

Columbia, Missouri
#25 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Missouri - Columbia. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Columbia, Missouri, the large public school awarded 6,314 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Mizzou brought home $4,416,682 in revenue in a single year. Sports aren’t the only thing that the team excels at - they had a perfect academic progress rate of 1000.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, Mizzou 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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#4

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri
#9 in Quality in the Plains States Region

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Saint Louis University. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region list. This fairly large private not-for-profit school is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, and it awarded 1,867 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at SLU took home $2,640,557 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 90%. SLU also claimed a spot on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

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#5

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa
#15 in Quality in the Plains States Region

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Iowa is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in the Plains States Region working on their bachelor’s degree. Iowa City, Iowa is the setting for this large institution of higher learning. The public school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 5,811 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Iowa made $1,645,981 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 982.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. On top of its placing in this ranking, Iowa also did well on our overall quality list. It’s in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in this analysis.

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#6

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa
#17 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Iowa State University ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Iowa State University is a large public school located in Ames, Iowa that handed out 7,380 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Iowa State took home $630,789 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 985, signifying that team members care about their grades.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. Iowa State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#7

Washington University in St Louis

Saint Louis, Missouri
#1 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Washington University in St Louis came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. WUSTL is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Louis, Missouri. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,407 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at WUSTL took home $465,485 in revenue and paid out $435,273 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $30,212 for the sports team.

The impressive student-to-faculty ratio of 8 to 1 means that students may have more opportunities to work more closely with their professors than they would at other schools. WUSTL did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#8

Kansas State University

Manhattan, Kansas
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Kansas State University landed the #8 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. K -State is located in Manhattan, Kansas and, has a large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 4,048 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at K -State took home $340,864 in revenue. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 970.

K -State excels when it comes to quality. It’s ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Northern Iowa ranked #9 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. University of Northern Iowa is a fairly large public school located in Cedar Falls, Iowa that handed out 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UNI brought home $1,231,707 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.

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

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#10

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
#14 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #10, University of St Thomas Minnesota did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UST MN is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The Women’s Basketball team at UST MN brought home $210,965 in revenue in a single year.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. In addition to its great ranking here, UST MN is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#11

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota
#10 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Gustavus Adolphus College ranked #11 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Saint Peter, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 621 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus made $170,225 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Gustavus Adolphus also is in the top 10% of our overall quality ranking.

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#12

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
#19 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #12, Augustana University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and it awarded 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls took home $752,345 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, Augustana Sioux Falls is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#13

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota
#6 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities came in at #13 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the large public school awarded 8,988 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UMN Twin Cities made $1,089,358 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 93%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. On top of its placing in this ranking, UMN Twin Cities 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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#14

University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, North Dakota
Top 25% in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of North Dakota came in at #14 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. UND is located in Grand Forks, North Dakota and, has a fairly large student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 2,231 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UND made $1,860,378 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 987 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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#15

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

With a ranking of #15, South Dakota State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at South Dakota State took home $1,584,178 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 996, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#16

Drury University

Springfield, Missouri

Drury University came in at #16 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Drury University is a private not-for-profit institution located in Springfield, Missouri. The school has a small population, and it awarded 347 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Drury University made $730,316 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 88%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students.

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#17

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

University of South Dakota did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #17. USD is a medium-sized public school situated in Vermillion, South Dakota. It awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at USD brought home $1,332,037 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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#18

University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Lincoln, Nebraska
#20 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #18, University of Nebraska - Lincoln did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. This large public school is located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and it awarded 4,859 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UNL made $1,463,633 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 990 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

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

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#19

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa
#23 in Quality in the Plains States Region

With a ranking of #19, Cornell College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking. Mount Vernon, Iowa is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 268 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Cornell College took home $259,879 in revenue.

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

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#20

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota
Top 15% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Bethel University Minnesota ranked #20 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Bethel University Minnesota is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota brought home $135,624 in revenue in a single year.

On top of its placing in this ranking, Bethel University Minnesota 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

Rockhurst University

Kansas City, Missouri
Top 20% in Quality in the Plains States Region

Rockhurst University did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #21. Located in Kansas City, Missouri, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 463 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Rockhurst made $644,042 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. Rockhurst 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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#22

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Wartburg College ranked #22 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Waverly, Iowa, and it awarded 316 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Wartburg took home $180,569 in revenue.

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#23

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas
#21 in Quality in the Plains States Region

University of Kansas did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region ranking, coming in at #23. KU is a public institution located in Lawrence, Kansas. The school has a large population, and it awarded 4,536 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at KU brought home $85,917 in revenue in a single year. The team has a respectable academic progress rate of 975.

In addition to its great ranking here, KU is in the top 15% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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#24

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa
#5 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Grinnell College ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Grinnell, Iowa, and it awarded 524 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Grinnell made $138,202 in revenue.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Grinnell also made our overall quality list, coming in at #5.

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#25

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa
#18 in Quality in the Plains States Region

Luther College ranked #25 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in the Plains States Region list. Located in Decorah, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 591 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The team at Luther took home $137,529 in revenue and paid out $133,565 in expenses in recent times. Thus, the team actually made $3,964, which isn’t bad at all.

In addition to its great ranking here, Luther is in the top 10% of all schools on our overall quality list.

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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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