BuzzFeed plotted Forbes’ academic rankings of colleges and universities against USA Today’s tally of total athletic expenses (which doesn’t include private schools like Stanford or Notre Dame, FYI) to determine which schools value both athletics and academics. Then we weighted both ranks equally and tallied them up for our top 10:
6. 6. UCLA
UCLA is No. 6 overall. The Bruins rank 31st athletically and 45th academically. Jackie Joyner-Kersee attended UCLA from 1980–1985, red-shirting during 1983–1984. She remains the current world record holder in the heptathlon and was voted greatest female athlete of the 20th century by Sports Illustrated.
9. 3. University of Texas
The University of Texas is ranked first athletically and 104th academically, making it No. 3 overall. U.S. Olympian Sanya Richards went to school here from 2002–2005. She currently has four Olympic gold medals in track and field.
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