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.  Read More

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361 (tie)Cleveland State University(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$115,000
Grad Rate39%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,900
361 (tie)University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$243,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate31%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,100
363 (tie)South Dakota State University (SDSU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,000
Grad Rate57%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$29,500
363 (tie)Southern Utah University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$242,000
Total 4 Year Cost$76,600
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate6 Years
Loan Amt$21,400
365University of Mississippi(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$241,000
Total 4 Year Cost$90,000
Grad Rate61%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$30,300
366 (tie)Northern Kentucky University (NKU)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$112,000
Grad Rate36%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$23,200
366 (tie)Tennessee State University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$240,000
Total 4 Year Cost$73,700
Grad Rate42%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,600
368Northern Arizona University (NAU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$239,000
Total 4 Year Cost$95,200
Grad Rate52%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,000
369Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$238,000
Total 4 Year Cost$113,000
Grad Rate59%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$31,300
370Rider University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$237,000
Total 4 Year Cost$210,000
Grad Rate63%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$43,900
371 (tie)Southern Illinois University (SIU) - Edwardsville Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$236,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate50%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$25,400
371 (tie)University of Vermont (UVM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$236,000
Total 4 Year Cost$203,000
Grad Rate76%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$33,100
373Eastern Michigan University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$235,000
Total 4 Year Cost$84,600
Grad Rate37%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$26,300
374 (tie)Furman University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$233,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$36,200
374 (tie)University of New Mexico (UNM)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$234,000
Total 4 Year Cost$137,000
Grad Rate48%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,900

*NOTE: Unranked schools on this list don’t have on-campus living options, so on-campus costs are not available.

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.