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2021 Top Minnesota Women's Basketball Schools

25 Colleges
$31,033 Avg Tuition & Fees*
50% 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. One of our goals at College Factual is to give you as much information as we can - such as our Best Colleges for Women's Basketball in Minnesota ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 25 colleges and universities across Minnesota to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in Minnesota. 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 Minnesota for Women's Basketball athletes in Minnesota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

University of St Thomas Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of St Thomas Minnesota tops this year’s ranking as the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota. UST MN is a private not-for-profit institution located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 1,561 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at UST MN took home $210,965 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 88%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year.

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#2

Gustavus Adolphus College

Saint Peter, Minnesota

A rank of #2 on our list means Gustavus Adolphus College is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota working on their bachelor’s degree. Saint Peter, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 621 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Gustavus Adolphus took home $170,225 in revenue.

With a freshman retention rate of 89%, the school does an excellent job of retaining its students. Gustavus Adolphus not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #5 on our overall quality list.

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#3

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Out of the 25 schools in Minnesota that were part of this year’s ranking, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities landed the #3 spot on the list. This large public school is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it awarded 8,988 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UMN Twin Cities brought home $1,089,358 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 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. UMN Twin Cities not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #3 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Bethel University Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend Bethel University Minnesota. It ranked #4 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in Minnesota list. Bethel University Minnesota is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that handed out 831 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Bethel University Minnesota took home $135,624 in revenue.

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#5

Winona State University

Winona, Minnesota

You’ll join some of the best athletes around if you attend Winona State University. The school came in at #5 in this year’s ranking. Located in Winona, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school awarded 1,822 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Winona State took home $467,754 in revenue.

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#6

University of Minnesota - Morris

Morris, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Morris ranked #6 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Located in Morris, Minnesota, the small public school handed out 385 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

UMN Morris brought in $95,932 while tallying up $90,566 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $5,366 for the sports team.

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#7

Macalester College

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Macalester College came in at #7 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 679 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Macalester took home $167,125 in revenue.

The school has an excellent freshman retention rate of 93%, which means students like the school well enough to return for a second year. Macalester also took the #2 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#8

Carleton College

Northfield, Minnesota

Carleton College ranked #8 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Carleton is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Northfield, Minnesota. It awarded 512 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Carleton brought in $161,265 while tallying up $155,894 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $5,371 in profit.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 96%. Carleton did well in our overall quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our overall quality list.

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#9

University of Minnesota - Duluth

Duluth, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Duluth landed the #9 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. UMN Duluth is a public institution located in Duluth, Minnesota. The school has a fairly large population, and it awarded 2,162 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at UMN Duluth brought home $529,130 in revenue in a single year.

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#10

St Olaf College

Northfield, Minnesota

St Olaf College landed the #10 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. This small private not-for-profit school is located in Northfield, Minnesota, and it awarded 920 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The team at St. Olaf took home $131,429 in revenue and paid out $130,454 in expenses in recent times. That boils down to a yearly profit of $975 for the sports team.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 92%. St. Olaf not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#11

University of Northwestern - St Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

University of Northwestern - St Paul came in at #11 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. University of Northwestern - St Paul is a small private not-for-profit school located in Saint Paul, Minnesota that handed out 728 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Northwestern brought in $82,980 while tallying up $80,889 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $2,091.

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#12

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Augsburg University came in at #12 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Augsburg is a private not-for-profit institution located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 637 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Augsburg made $148,210 in revenue.

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#13

Concordia College at Moorhead

Moorhead, Minnesota

Concordia College at Moorhead landed the #13 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Moorhead, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 540 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Concordia College Moorhead brought home $141,114 in revenue in a single year.

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#14

Concordia University, Saint Paul

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Concordia University, Saint Paul landed the #14 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Saint Paul, Minnesota is the setting for this medium-sized institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 752 students in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at Concordia University, Saint Paul made $511,481 in revenue.

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#15

Martin Luther College

New Ulm, Minnesota

Martin Luther College came in at #15 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in New Ulm, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school awarded 190 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at MLC brought home $54,678 in revenue in a single year.

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Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota ranked #16 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota list. SMU MN is a private not-for-profit institution located in Winona, Minnesota. The school has a medium-sized population, and it awarded 375 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at SMU MN brought home $108,192 in revenue in a single year.

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#17

The College of Saint Scholastica

Duluth, Minnesota

The College of Saint Scholastica did quite well in the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking, coming in at #17. St. Scholastica is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Duluth, Minnesota. It awarded 902 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at St. Scholastica made $172,663 in revenue, while incurring $135,053 in expenses. Happily, this means that the team turned a profit of $37,610.

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#18

Bethany Lutheran College

Mankato, Minnesota

With a ranking of #18, Bethany Lutheran College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. BLC is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Mankato, Minnesota. It awarded 135 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at BLC made $115,704 in revenue.

The student-to-faculty ratio of 9 to 1 is a sign that students will have more opportunities to engage with their professors one-on-one.

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#19

Saint Cloud State University

Saint Cloud, Minnesota

Saint Cloud State University came in at #19 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Cloud, Minnesota, the fairly large public school awarded 2,065 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at St. Cloud State University brought home $433,838 in revenue in a single year.

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#20

Hamline University

Saint Paul, Minnesota

With a ranking of #20, Hamline University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Located in Saint Paul, Minnesota, the small private not-for-profit school handed out 582 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Hamline brought home $160,667 in revenue in a single year.

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#21

Bemidji State University

Bemidji, Minnesota

With a ranking of #21, Bemidji State University did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Bemidji State University is a small public school situated in Bemidji, Minnesota. It awarded 1,036 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Bemidji State University took home $382,510 in revenue.

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#22

University of Minnesota - Crookston

Crookston, Minnesota

University of Minnesota - Crookston came in at #22 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. UMN Crookston is located in Crookston, Minnesota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 448 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

The team at UMN Crookston took home $544,025 in revenue and paid out $523,669 in expenses in recent times. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $20,356 in profit.

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#23

North Central University

Minneapolis, Minnesota

North Central University came in at #23 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Minneapolis, Minnesota is the setting for this small institution of higher learning. The private not-for-profit school handed out bachelor’s degrees to 249 students in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at North Central University took home $70,048 in revenue.

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#24

Southwest Minnesota State University

Marshall, Minnesota

Southwest Minnesota State University ranked #24 on this year’s Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota list. Located in Marshall, Minnesota, the medium-sized public school handed out 484 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at Southwest Minnesota State University took home $349,964 in revenue.

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#25

Crown College

Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota

With a ranking of #25, Crown College did quite well on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in Minnesota ranking. Crown is a small private not-for-profit school situated in Saint Bonifacius, Minnesota. It awarded 273 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

Crown brought in $108,256 while tallying up $102,337 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $5,919, which isn’t bad at all.

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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%.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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