Best College Values: Which College is Better?

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The University of Wisconsin vs. University of Michigan: Which College Is a Better Value?

Alumni, students, and fans will be championing their schools in advance of this weekend's football game. But how do the universities stack up where it really matters?


On Saturday, the University of Wisconsin and University of Michigan college football teams will square off in battle. Which university has the best football program will be determined on the field. But which university is best at developing students at a reasonable cost? The winner: Wisconsin, which outscores Michigan in Kiplinger's annual Best College Values rankings primarily due to a significantly lower price tag, among other factors. Take a look:

University of
University of
Location Madison, WI Ann Arbor, MI
Kiplinger's Best College Values Rank 74 83
Student-Faculty Ratio 17:1 15:1
Admission Rate 50% 32%
4-Year Graduation Rate 56% 76%
Total Annual Cost (out of state) $39,669 $54,078
Average Need-Based Aid $9,890 $15,050
Avg. Debt at Graduation $26,579 $26,510