Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

March Madne$$: The School Tuitions Of The NCAA Bracket

Today begins NCAA basketball's "March Madness." The tournament's eventual champions will get to bask in the national spotlight until the next cruise-ship disaster/naked Congressman/shark attack/GOP primary/baseball season/chain-restaurant review by a flyover-state newspaper happens. And sure, winning a basketball title is worth bragging about. But we all know the real champion is the institution of higher education that can charge the most tuition and still have enough would-be students to be able to send out rejection letters every year. For a second year, here's the NCAA bracket by tuition, using the college information resource Peterson's. (Where available, in-state tuition was used.) Who will be the champs this year?

With Notre Dame at $40,910 this one's a squeaker, but Georgetown goes home with the title at $40,920 a year. Going home first is UNC-Asheville, costing just $3,166 a year—and yet ranking eighth among public liberal arts colleges.

Abe Sauer is the author of the book How to be: North Dakota. He is on Twitter. Email him at abesauer @ gmail.com.

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boyofdestiny (#1,243)

In-state tuition is all well and good, but are we also taking "fees" into account? UMass-Amherst has an eye-popping $1,714 tuition for in-state students, but also $10,018 in "required fees."

Phil Koesterer (#2,708)

Is there a cost of living adjustment for South Bend vs. DC?

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

LIU Brooklyn has some explaining to do.

Go Bonas! (Who will soon be crushed, but still, it's kind of the only thing Olean has going for it)

Go Bonas! (Who will soon be crushed, but still, it's kind of the only thing Olean has going for it)

halcyondaze (#226,181)

Imagine how unbearable a Notre Dame-Georgetown final would be

jfruh (#713)

It would be interesting to see these broken down not by sticker price, but by the actual average check a student writes to the school. Impossible, of course, since I'm sure those figures are closely guarded. Still, what with most schools having some kind of need-based financial aid, the stated tuition is probably almost as misleading as, say, the official CPM price most websites charge advertisers.

Abe Sauer (#148)

@jfruh This actually is broken down in a number of places and, if you had the time, you could come up with a formula to rate them all via the NCAA bracket. For example, 46% of Georgetown students receive some kind of grant or scholarship, which offsets the cost (as rated by Money Mag) to $26,000+ a year which is LESS than the same situation at Marquette ($27K+) That's not that far from the same costs of about $19,000 after similar grants are taken into consideration for Michigan (though that includes out of state).

NominaStultorum (#1,638)

That pod in the South region consisting of Notre Dame, Xavier, Duke, and Lehigh is a kind of Group of Death of privilege.

hockeymom (#143)

So does this mean that people who go to Georgetown are better than people go to Notre Dame?

freetzy (#7,018)

Georgetown is all sluts anyway.

Graydon Gordian (#3,206)

Harvard got a terrible draw when it had to face Vandy in the opening round.

Dayum. Some shitty schools charging a lot of money. Sucks to be you, dumb rich kids!

jhonharry44 (#226,472)

nice pic

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