Monday, March 18th, 2013
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2013 March Madne$$: The School Tuitions Of The NCAA Bracket

It is once again time for the NCAA "March Madness" basketball tournament. The eventual champions will get to bask in the national spotlight until the next cruise-ship disaster/shark attack/episode of "Girls"/baseball season/ 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 students to keep its rejection letter printer warm. It's The Awl's annual NCAA bracket by tuition, using the college information resource Peterson's.* (Where available, in-state tuition was used.)

















Congratulations to Bucknell, an easy champion with annual tuition of $45,132, or about the cost of all four years at either UCLA or the University of Illinois. (If we were running this for lowest tuition, the award would go to the North Carolina A&T State University, in Greensboro, coming in at a whopping $2,791.)


*Due to missing data at Peterson's, Collegedata.com tuitions were used for LIU-Brooklyn and San Diego State Univ.


Previously:
• 2012 March Tuition Madne$$ Champ Georgetown ($40,920)
• 2010 March Tuition Madne$$ Champ Richmond ($40,010)
• 2009 March Tuition Madne$$ Champ: Wake Forest ($38,622)


Abe Sauer is the author of How to be: NORTH DAKOTA.

12 Comments / Post A Comment

jhibbertmd (#13,141)

What a tough draw for the Davidson Wildcats. A final four level performance losing out in the second round. Them's the breaks I suppose.

keisertroll (#1,117)

Does this mean there'll be no bracket challenge.

Ralph Haygood (#13,154)

The really good questions are (1) how much is each school spending on its basketball program and (2) how much of that is taken from tuition? Awhile back, it was widely reported that Rutgers, for example, was heavily subsidizing its money-losing football program with student fees. As a former employee of an institution allegedly of higher education whose highest-paid employee was, however, its basketball coach, I'm idly curious how widespread this distinctively American form of chicanery has become.

mayonegg (#76,907)

@Ralph Haygood Additionally, it's worth looking up these schools' athletic budgets and basketball budgets–Duke's basketball budget alone is often more than many universities' overall athletic budgets.

loehasting (#242,472)

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PoignancySelz (#238,693)

This is March madness.

BadUncle (#153)

NCAA brackets are baffling. How is Harvard in the West, and San Diego State in the South?

atipofthehat (#797)

As long as they're getting graduate students and adjuncts to "Teach-4-Tips" and spending most of the tuition on robust building programs and athletics, everything should be fine.

What a sobering bracket. These tuitions are going to look like a bargain when my kids are going to college in about 14 years. Ugh.

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Whenever Villanova doesn't win we all win.

MollyM (#242,638)

Hey we did something really similar at eCollegeFinder – we also made brackets for who would win based on Student/Faculty Ratio, Enrollment, and Acceptance Rate. Check 'em out here if you want to learn some more! https://www.ecollegefinder.org/march-madness-brackets-2013.aspx (PS – our Tuitions differ since we used 2011 data).

samwise24 (#257,978)

Here in Florida "March Madness" is not the same as many other states would experience in their basketball tournaments. It much more lively when the championship game arises.

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