Tuesday, March 16th, 2010

Real America: March Tuition Madness

THE MADNESSNCAA basketball "March Madness" is on-beginning today, a host of institutions of higher education compete for bragging rights and an incremental boost in income from licensed-merchandise sales. But Awl readers know that the real champion school is the one that can charge the most tuition a year and still attract a robust student body to rock the all-important school rankings. Using the figures provided by college information resource Peterson's, I ran the NCAA tournament bracket by tuition. (In the case of state university system schools, the lower, in-state tuition is used.) It was a barnburner.

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[N.B. Some last-minute changes were made to the standings.]

31 Comments / Post A Comment

KarenUhOh (#19)

I think your Notre Dame grad went to Richmond.

Abe Sauer (#148)

FIXING! damnitall

Screen Name (#2,416)

Richmond still uses Confederate dollars. Notre Dame won in the exchange.

KarenUhOh (#19)

My alma mater isn't cheap OR in the tournament.

hockeymom (#143)

Abe….what are you doing??? GET TO HIGHER GROUND! STAT!!!

kneetoe (#1,881)

Oh no, based on this post, he's high enough.

thevole (#3,553)

As a Richmond alumn, I am incensed that our overpriced education was didn't take the championship. We were robbed, in more than one sense.

thevole (#3,553)

Ah, you fixed it. UR with a comfortable margin of victory. Go Spiders!

kneetoe (#1,881)

What is Cornell THINKING?

Obligatory "Duke Sucks".

So where's the link to join your pool, Abe?

thevole (#3,553)

I think a number of us have already played and lost.

hungrybee (#2,091)

Or "Puke", in the parlance of some of my more eloquent cousins.

Pop Socket (#187)

I am shocked that Georgetown did not cut down the nets. Duke had better hope American University in DC never gets a competitive team.

Multiphasic (#411)

Surprised to see UCSB make it that far. Surprised to see UCSB make it anywhere. Surprised UCSB hasn't fallen into the ocean and given herpes to the garibaldis.

brianvan (#149)

Ha, college costs less than $4,400 a year somewhere? Amazing!

cherrispryte (#444)

George Washington University, while having so crappy a basketball team as to not even make the tournament, resoundly wins the tuition competition. And by wins, I mean loses.

HiredGoons (#603)

This makes me so glad I went to art school.


garge (#736)

I would trade my multi-k student loan debt not to be in on this joke…

HiredGoons (#603)

Luckily my grandfather left me money for school so undergrad is fine.

But I'm beginning the grad-school process and IT'S ALL ME BABY.

Can't wait to be in debt up to my ears.

garge (#736)

I am just hoping this student loan reform business is magical, because I am getting itchy and am nearly ready to invest more into the pyramid scheme myself. Just wear flashy earrings so you notice the debt less!

Bittersweet (#765)

Crushing grad school debt! Ah, the good ol' days. Now I'm old and corporate. *sigh*

tigolbitties (#2,150)

1. i'm impressed my alma mater has gotten cheaper since my time there – Vandy was $39k my freshman year…
2. in my real ncaa bracket, Vandy wins it all – you saw it here first!

BardCollege (#2,307)

Real email I got from Wake forest after taking the GRE and making the mistake of letting random school send me mail:

"The Madness Has Begun – March Madness Fee Waiver for the Schools of Business
If it's March, the Madness can't be far behind! There's nothing like the excitement and energy of tournament basketball, and we've decided to celebrate with a special offer.
Apply now during March Madness, March 16 through April 5, 2010, and there's no application fee"

Kind of fucking weird.

BardCollege (#2,307)

Also read that 'schoolS' of Business. Shit's plural.

metoometoo (#230)

I suddenly feel compelled to call my parents and say thank you and I love you.

Sunny Schomaker (#4,021)

Yes, but that's Florida, so it doesn't count.

Sunny Schomaker (#4,021)

Apparently, nesting technology is not all it's cracked up to be…

I feel like out-of-state tuition should factor in somehow. I know those poor bastards (and Minnesotans) are probably getting ripped off…

Clare Terni (#4,050)

Can we have a version of this with GPAs and graduation rates?

Alex Kadis (#4,066)

Wow my school (Lehigh) got 2nd place. I was wondering if you have a direct link to the raw data you used to make the bracket. Thanks!

hejun2zeros (#4,080)

Glad to see I got grandfathered in to the old tuition at Richmond- FAFSA only helps so much.

If only we had lasted so long in the real tourney…

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