Best Value Colleges For Sports

Whether you have dreams of working your way onto the team — a la Notre Dame’s Rudy — or just plan to root, root, root for the home team — ASU’s Curtain of Distraction, anyone? — some students seek out sports colleges because they love attending games and tailgating with friends, while others want to participate in sports themselves.

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School Name
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
Annual ROI
20 Year ROI annualized to represent the % of expected ROI received each year after graduation.
20 Year Net ROI
 
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
20 Year Net ROI
Difference between 20 Year Median Pay for a bachelor’s grad and 24 Year Median Pay for a high school grad minus Total 4 Year Cost.
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Total 4 Year Cost
Full cost, including tuition & fees, room & board, and books & supplies. Actual net cost may vary based on a student’s academic success and family income. Source: IPEDS
Graduation Rate
% of full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students who began their studies at the given school and graduate within 6 years. Source: IPEDS
Typical Years to Graduate
# of years it takes for at least 65 percent of graduates from a given school to receive their diplomas. Source: IPEDS
Average Loan Amount
Received by full-time, first-time degree seeking undergrad students, multiplied to represent amount over four years. Includes all Title IV loans and all institutionally- and privately-sponsored student loans. Source: IPEDS
% Grant Money Received
% of full-time, first-time undergrads who received local, state, federal, or institutional grant aid in the 2012-2013 academic year. Source: IPEDS
1N/AN/AN/AN/A$1,041,000N/A$1,041,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
1United States Military Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,041,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,041,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
2N/AN/AN/AN/A$1,004,000N/A$1,004,000N/A$0N/A86%4N/AN/A
2United States Naval Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,004,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,004,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
3N/AN/AN/AN/A$905,000N/A$905,000N/A$0N/A83%4N/AN/A
3United States Air Force Academy(Service Academy)
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$905,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$905,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$0
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4
Loan AmtN/A
Grant Money ReceivedN/A
411.9%11.4%15.5%14.5%$856,000$847,000$904,000$894,000$101,000$111,00086%5$33,50011%
4Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus(In-State)
Annual ROI11.9%
Annual ROI11.4%
Annual ROI15.5%
Annual ROI14.5%
20 Year Net ROI$856,000
20 Year Net ROI$847,000
20 Year Net ROI$904,000
20 Year Net ROI$894,000
Total 4 Year Cost$101,000
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$33,500
Grant Money Received11%
57.4%N/A15.1%N/A$811,000N/A$1,002,000N/A$255,000N/A94%4$32,20013%
5Stanford University(Private)
Annual ROI7.4%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.1%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$811,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$1,002,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$255,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$32,200
Grant Money Received13%
67.6%N/A15.0%N/A$797,000N/A$974,000N/A$240,000N/A97%4$18,10017%
6Princeton University(Private)
Annual ROI7.6%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.0%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$797,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$974,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$240,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate97%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$18,100
Grant Money Received17%
78.7%8.4%10.4%10.0%$777,000$768,000$825,000$815,000$180,000$190,00086%5$33,50011%
7Georgia Institute of Technology-Main Campus(Out-of-State)
Annual ROI8.7%
Annual ROI8.4%
Annual ROI10.4%
Annual ROI10.0%
20 Year Net ROI$777,000
20 Year Net ROI$768,000
20 Year Net ROI$825,000
20 Year Net ROI$815,000
Total 4 Year Cost$180,000
Total 4 Year Cost$190,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$33,500
Grant Money Received11%
87.2%N/A15.1%N/A$760,000N/A$952,000N/A$254,000N/A97%4$27,40016%
8Harvard University(Private)
Annual ROI7.2%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI15.1%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$760,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$952,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$254,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate97%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$27,400
Grant Money Received16%
99.8%10.7%14.0%16.3%$759,000$780,000$833,000$854,000$139,000$118,00092%4$23,90023%
9University of California-Berkeley(In-State)
Annual ROI9.8%
Annual ROI10.7%
Annual ROI14.0%
Annual ROI16.3%
20 Year Net ROI$759,000
20 Year Net ROI$780,000
20 Year Net ROI$833,000
20 Year Net ROI$854,000
Total 4 Year Cost$139,000
Total 4 Year Cost$118,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$23,900
Grant Money Received23%
106.9%6.9%13.0%13.0%$739,000$739,000$914,000$914,000$262,000$262,00095%4$28,60014%
10University of Pennsylvania(Private)
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI6.9%
Annual ROI13.0%
Annual ROI13.0%
20 Year Net ROI$739,000
20 Year Net ROI$739,000
20 Year Net ROI$914,000
20 Year Net ROI$914,000
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Total 4 Year Cost$262,000
Grad Rate95%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$28,600
Grant Money Received14%
116.7%N/A13.2%N/A$707,000N/A$890,000N/A$265,000N/A97%4$24,70015%
11Dartmouth College(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI13.2%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$707,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$890,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$265,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate97%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$24,700
Grant Money Received15%
129.6%9.6%13.1%13.1%$704,000$704,000$767,000$768,000$135,000$134,00061%5$34,40034%
12New Jersey Institute of Technology(In-State)
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI9.6%
Annual ROI13.1%
Annual ROI13.1%
20 Year Net ROI$704,000
20 Year Net ROI$704,000
20 Year Net ROI$767,000
20 Year Net ROI$768,000
Total 4 Year Cost$135,000
Total 4 Year Cost$134,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$34,400
Grant Money Received34%
1310.9%10.9%12.4%12.4%$699,000$699,000$722,000$722,000$100,000$100,00080%5$22,50011%
13California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo(In-State)
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI10.9%
Annual ROI12.4%
Annual ROI12.4%
20 Year Net ROI$699,000
20 Year Net ROI$699,000
20 Year Net ROI$722,000
20 Year Net ROI$722,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Total 4 Year Cost$100,000
Grad Rate80%
Time to Graduate5
Loan Amt$22,500
Grant Money Received11%
146.7%N/A14.1%N/A$689,000N/A$882,000N/A$261,000N/A98%4$21,50017%
14Yale University(Private)
Annual ROI6.7%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI14.1%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$689,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$882,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$261,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate98%
Time to Graduate4
Loan Amt$21,500
Grant Money Received17%
1510.3%N/A14.3%N/A$680,000N/A$736,000N/A$111,000N/A78%6$34,40013%
15Virginia Military Institute(In-State)
Annual ROI10.3%
Annual ROIN/A
Annual ROI14.3%
Annual ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$680,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
20 Year Net ROI$736,000
20 Year Net ROIN/A
Total 4 Year Cost$111,000
Total 4 Year CostN/A
Grad Rate78%
Time to Graduate6
Loan Amt$34,400
Grant Money Received13%

* N/A indicates school does not have an on campus living option.

And though they may be more well know more their athletic achievements than their academics, many sports schools offer prospective students the promise of reaching a bowl game season after season and an excellent education.

With a stellar academic reputation and 36 varsity sports teams, Stanford University is easily among the best values college for athletes and sports fans alike. Located in Stanford, California, which is near Palo Alto in Silicon Valley, Stanford first opened its doors in 1891 and has been producing some of the most prominent names in business, sports and other areas ever since. Stanford has won 105 NCAA championships through the years, the second most in the country. The Stanford Cardinals have a well-known rivalry with UC Berkeley that culminates in the annual “Big Game” football match, and athletes from the school have won medals at every Olympics since 1912.

The Georgia Institute of Technology — aka “Georgia Tech” — Yellow Jackets have produced their fair share of star athletes: The NFL’s Calvin “Megatron” Johnson and Demaryius Thomas; NBA Champion Chris Bosh, and NBA stars Stephon Marbury and Mark Price; and MLB’s beloved Nomar Garciaparra. With its location in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Tech is a fun and exciting place to attend school, and students come out in force to show support for their teams. The public university is located on a 400-acre campus and boasts a student population of around 23,100 students.

In addition to being a highly esteemed Ivy League school, Princeton University enjoys an exceptional reputation in athletics. Indeed, the Princeton Tigers football team has won 26 national championships, which is more than any other school. Founded in 1746 and located in Princeton, New Jersey, Princeton was one of the nine original Colonial Colleges and boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. The approximately 8,000 students who attend the prestigious Ivy League school proudly wear orange-and-black regalia in support of the Tigers, and games tend to be very well-attended.


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