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.