Sports fans think Oregon has the better football team, but Ohio state students are more likely to graduate and earn higher salaries.
Bettors are predicting the University of Oregon Ducks will win tonight’s first-ever college football championship against the Ohio State Buckeyes. But according to our research, Buckeyes are more likely to have an edge in life.
A MONEY analysis of the performance of the two colleges indicates that Ohio State students are more likely to graduate, and more likely to find higher-paying jobs, than University of Oregon undergrads:
|School||MONEY ranking||MONEY value-added grade||Graduation rate||Payscale.com earnings within 5 years|
|University of Oregon||429||B-||67%||$41,000|
|Ohio State University||144||B+||83%||$46,200|
Of course, there are tradeoffs: Buckeyes have to spend their winters in Columbus, Ohio, where the average high temperature in January is just 36 degrees, and they can expect almost 10 inches of rain or snow.
To compare how your favorite teams match up academically, see MONEY’s full Best Colleges list, which ranked the nation’s 665 top schools on educational quality, affordability, and future earnings potential.