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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45 (tie)Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$519,000
Total 4 Year Cost$166,000
Grad Rate83%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$32,400
47University of Texas (UT) - Austin(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$513,000
Total 4 Year Cost$104,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$22,600
48University of Massachusetts (UMass) - Lowell Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$510,000
Total 4 Year Cost$161,000
Grad Rate54%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$28,500
49University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$503,000
Total 4 Year Cost$175,000
Grad Rate84%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$28,700
50Lafayette College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$502,000
Total 4 Year Cost$243,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,100
51Texas A&M University - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$500,000
Total 4 Year Cost$158,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$24,100
52 (tie)Colgate University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$498,000
Total 4 Year Cost$245,000
Grad Rate92%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$23,900
52 (tie)University of California - Irvine (UCI)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$498,000
Total 4 Year Cost$124,000
Grad Rate86%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$21,300
54Boston College(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$494,000
Total 4 Year Cost$248,000
Grad Rate91%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$18,000
55 (tie)Stony Brook University(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$493,000
Total 4 Year Cost$89,900
Grad Rate69%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$25,300
55 (tie)The College of William and Mary(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$493,000
Total 4 Year Cost$119,000
Grad Rate90%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$27,400
57University of Virginia (UVA) - Main Campus(Out-of-State)
20 Year Net ROI$489,000
Total 4 Year Cost$220,000
Grad Rate94%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$29,300
58University of California - Santa Barbara (UCSB)(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$488,000
Total 4 Year Cost$136,000
Grad Rate81%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$24,800
59Drexel University(Private)
20 Year Net ROI$483,000
Total 4 Year Cost$251,000
Grad Rate67%
Time to Graduate5 Years
Loan Amt$43,500
60University of Delaware(In-State)
20 Year Net ROI$476,000
Total 4 Year Cost$103,000
Grad Rate79%
Time to Graduate4 Years
Loan Amt$34,400

*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.