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

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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
Alabama
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

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