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2021 Top Iowa Women's Basketball Schools

15 Colleges
$37,932 Avg Tuition & Fees*
55% 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 Iowa ranking is part of that endeavor.

We analyzed 15 colleges and universities across Iowa to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa. Instead of depending on subjective information, we focus on objective factors to determine this ranking. These factors include such things as the athletic competitiveness of the school and the school's overall quality. This means that a school must provide students with a great education in addition to having a good sports team if it wants to rank well.

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Top Colleges in Iowa for Women's Basketball athletes in Iowa

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Drake University

Des Moines, Iowa

Our 2021 rankings named Drake University the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Drake is a private not-for-profit institution located in Des Moines, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 896 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Drake made $3,190,374 in revenue, while incurring $2,024,296 in expenses. That boils down to a yearly profit of $1,166,078 for the sports team. The team has a great academic progress rate of 990, signifying that team members care about their grades.

With a freshman retention rate of 87%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Drake not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #2 on our overall quality list.

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#2

University of Iowa

Iowa City, Iowa

A rank of #2 on our list means University of Iowa is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Iowa working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Iowa City, Iowa, the large public school handed out 5,811 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

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 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Iowa is ranked #3 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#3

Iowa State University

Ames, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Iowa State University. The school came in at #3 in this year’s ranking. Located in Ames, Iowa, the large public school awarded 7,380 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Iowa State took home $630,789 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 985.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 87%. In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, Iowa State is ranked #4 for overall quality in Iowa.

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#4

University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend University of Northern Iowa. The school came in at #4 in this year’s ranking. UNI is a public institution located in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,500 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UNI took home $1,231,707 in revenue. The team has a great academic progress rate of 995, signifying that team members care about their grades.

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#5

Cornell College

Mount Vernon, Iowa

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Cornell College. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Cornell College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Mount Vernon, Iowa that handed out 268 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

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

On top of its placing in this ranking, Cornell College 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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#6

Wartburg College

Waverly, Iowa

Wartburg College landed the #6 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Located in Waverly, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 316 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Wartburg made $180,569 in revenue.

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#7

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa

Grinnell College ranked #7 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa list. Grinnell is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Grinnell, Iowa. 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 not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #1 on our overall quality list.

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#8

Luther College

Decorah, Iowa

With a ranking of #8, Luther College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. Luther College is a small private not-for-profit school located in Decorah, Iowa that handed out 591 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at Luther took home $137,529 in revenue and paid out $133,565 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $3,964 in profit.

Luther also took the #5 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#9

Loras College

Dubuque, Iowa

Loras College landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Dubuque, Iowa, and it awarded 429 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Loras made $186,626 in revenue.

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#10

Coe College

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Coe College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #10. Located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 411 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Coe took home $160,088 in revenue.

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#11

Central College

Pella, Iowa

Central College did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking, coming in at #11. Located in Pella, Iowa, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 290 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Central took home $130,948 in revenue.

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#12

Simpson College

Indianola, Iowa

Simpson College ranked #12 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa list. Simpson College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Indianola, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 464 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Simpson College took home $215,407 in revenue.

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#13

Buena Vista University

Storm Lake, Iowa

With a ranking of #13, Buena Vista University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. BVU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Storm Lake, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 643 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at BVU took home $159,714 in revenue.

With a student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1, it’s easy to see that the school is committed to helping their undergraduates succeed.

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#14

University of Dubuque

Dubuque, Iowa

With a ranking of #14, University of Dubuque did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa ranking. UD is located in Dubuque, Iowa and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 389 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UD made $171,564 in revenue.

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#15

Upper Iowa University

Fayette, Iowa

Upper Iowa University ranked #15 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Iowa list. UIU is a private not-for-profit institution located in Fayette, Iowa. The school has a small population, and it awarded 1,155 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at UIU made $548,652 in revenue.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 15 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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