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2021 Top South Dakota Women's Basketball Schools

7 Colleges
$16,760 Avg Tuition & Fees*
30% Avg 4-Year Grad Rate*

Student athletes have lots of options to chooose from today when trying to decide which college to attend. 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 South Dakota ranking - to help you make that decision.

We analyzed 7 colleges and universities across South Dakota to determine which were the best for Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota. 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 South Dakota for Women's Basketball athletes in South Dakota

See which schools came out on top of our ranking:

#1

Augustana University

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Our analysis found Augustana University to be the best school for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota in this year’s ranking. Augustana Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 442 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at Augustana Sioux Falls brought home $752,345 in revenue in a single year.

Students who start out at the school are likely to stick around. The freshman retention rate is 86%. Augustana Sioux Falls also made our overall quality list, coming in at #1.

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#2

South Dakota State University

Brookings, South Dakota

You’ll be in good company if you decide to attend South Dakota State University. It ranked #2 on our 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota list. South Dakota State is a fairly large public school situated in Brookings, South Dakota. It awarded 2,026 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at South Dakota State made $1,584,178 in revenue. The team members aren’t slouches in the classroom either, since the team academic progress rate is an excellent 996.

South Dakota State also took the #3 spot in our overall quality rankings.

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#3

University of South Dakota

Vermillion, South Dakota

A rank of #3 on our list means University of South Dakota is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. USD is located in Vermillion, South Dakota and, has a medium-sized student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 1,352 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

Speaking financially, the Women’s Basketball team at USD took home $1,332,037 in revenue. The great academic progress rate of 995 shows that team members perform well in the classroom, too.

USD not only placed well in this ranking, but it is also #4 on our overall quality list.

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#4

Northern State University

Aberdeen, South Dakota

A rank of #4 on our list means Northern State University is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. Located in Aberdeen, South Dakota, the small public school awarded 305 diplomas to qualified bachelor’s degree students in 2018-2019.

NSU brought in $687,318 while tallying up $555,598 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. Thus, the team actually made $131,720, which isn’t bad at all.

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

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#5

University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, South Dakota

A rank of #5 on our list means University of Sioux Falls is a great place for Women’s Basketball athletes in South Dakota working on their bachelor’s degree. University of Sioux Falls is a private not-for-profit institution located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The school has a small population, and it awarded 363 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

The Women’s Basketball team at University of Sioux Falls made $533,400 in revenue, while incurring $526,403 in expenses. So, the team made money for the school, bringing in $6,997 in profit.

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South Dakota School of Mines and Technology came in at #6 in this year’s edition of the Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking. Located in Rapid City, South Dakota, the small public school handed out 465 bachelor’s degrees in 2018-2019.

On the financial side of things, the Women’s Basketball team at SD Mines made $403,958 in revenue.

In addition to its Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking, and one of the reasons why the school is on the list, SD Mines is ranked #2 for overall quality in South Dakota.

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#7

Black Hills State University

Spearfish, South Dakota

Black Hills State University landed the #7 spot on the 2021 Best Colleges for Women’s Basketball in South Dakota ranking. BHSU is located in Spearfish, South Dakota and, has a small student population. In 2018-2019, this school awarded 438 bachelor’s degrees to qualified undergraduates.

BHSU brought in $516,718 while tallying up $483,242 in expenses for its Women’s Basketball team. That boils down to a yearly profit of $33,476 for the sports team.

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Tuition and Fees and Avg 4-Year Grad Rate are for the top 7 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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