Auburn and Florida State are the closest match-up in over 10 years of BCS championship games—not on the football field, but in the classroom. The two schools have remarkably similar attributes: tied for 91st in US News’ annual rankings, near identical SAT scores, and cost of attendance within $2,000 after financial aid. So who wins?
First Quarter: Admission
Auburn accepts 77% of applicants, while Florida State admits 54%. Edge: FSU. But where do students actually choose to attend once they get their acceptance letters in the mail? By a slim margin, FSU wins again, with 37% of admitted students enrolling, compared to just 34% at Auburn. Score a touchdown for the Seminoles.
Second Quarter: Cost
It’s tempting to look at tuition rates to determine which school is more affordable, but Overall Net Price—which factors in typical financial aid packages—gives a better apples-to-apples comparison. Again, FSU gets the nod, with a Net Price of $12,464, about two thousand less than Auburn’s $14,087. We’ll give FSU a safety.
Third Quarter: Student-Faculty Ratio
Here, Auburn roars back with an 18:1 student-faculty ratio (compared to FSU’s comparatively large 27:1). Seven points for Auburn.
Fourth Quarter: Graduation Rates
But which college actually gets kids through college by year four? Neither school is stellar here—both are under 50%—but FSU is better, at 47% (compared to 37%). The late score seals victory for the Seminoles.
Final: 16-7 FSU