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The University of Alabama vs. Clemson University: Which College Is a Better Value?

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


On Monday, January 11, the The University of Alabama and Clemson University college football teams will square off in a battle for the national championship. 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: Clemson, which outscores Alabama in Kiplinger's annual Best College Values rankings due to a significantly higher 4-year graduation rate, a better student-faculty ratio and other factors. Take a look:

The University of
Clemson University
Kiplinger's Best College Values Rank 184 144
Student-Faculty Ratio 21:1 17:1
Admission Rate 51% 53%
4-Year Graduation Rate 39% 61%
Total Annual Cost (out of state) $35,950 $42,826
Average Need-Based Aid $9,178 $8,590
Avg. Debt at Graduation $29,320 $30,213
Salary Yardstick $42,400 $49,400