Virginia v Auburn
Saturday, April 6, 6:09pm
TEAM LINE UP
Out of State: 28%
Out of State: 36%
Freshman Enrollment: 3,821
Acceptance Rate: 26.4%
Freshman Enrollment: 4,744
Acceptance Rate: 75.4%
SAT 25th -75th - Reading: 660 - 730
SAT 25th -75th - Math: 670 - 770
ACT 25th -75th - Composite: 30-30
SAT 25th -75th - Reading: 580 - 650
SAT 25th -75th - Math: 570-660
ACT 25th -75th - Composite: 25-30
TIME OF POSSESSION
Four Year Graduation Rate: 88.3%
Four Year Graduation Rate: 49.9%
WINS IN OVERTIME
Six Year Graduation Rate: 95%
Six Year Graduation Rate: 78.1%
Average Aid Package: $28,986
Average Percent of Need Met: 100%
Average Aid Package: $11,344
Average Percent of Need Met: 45%
First year students not returning: 3%
First year students not returning: 10.2%
Most Popular Major: Liberal Arts
Most Popular Major: Business and Marketing
You’ve likely heard that “Mr. Jefferson” founded the University of Virginia, all the way back in 1819. Now, as UVA celebrates its bicentennial, the University’s standing as a “Public Ivy” is unquestioned. In 2018, US News placed UVA at #3 on its list of best public national universities, while in 2017, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance placed UVA at #2 on its rankings of best public college values.
Thomas Jefferson left his mark on the University in countless ways, from its traditions to its classrooms. One core legacy brought by the first Secretary of State was the importance he placed on learning from other cultures. Five of UVA’s eight original faculty members came from Europe, so a UVA education has prioritized a broad outlook from the beginning. Today, we all understand how we live within a global community, and UVA builds upon its origins by sending its students to study abroad in large numbers, by welcoming international students from well over 100 countries to Charlottesville, and by offering a major and minor – complete with career development services – in Global Studies.
These days, the focus in Charlottesville is on basketball, as the Cavaliers are in the Big Dance for the eighth year in a row and the 23rd time overall. After a close win over Oregon and an epic overtime victory against Purdue in the South Regional Final, UVA — the only #1 seed left in the tournament — is returning to the Final Four for the first time since 1984. Plenty of former Cavaliers (or ‘Hoos, short for Wahoos, the unofficial UVA nickname) have played in the NBA, most notably Ralph Sampson, one of men’s college basketball’s all-time best players ever. Malcolm Brodgon (Milwaukee Bucks), the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year, leads the pack of UVA alumni currently playing in the pros.
Auburn University is a big school located in a small town. Alabama’s land-grant institution, Auburn offers a 21st-century curriculum that includes business and engineering, but that also reflects its locale and rural roots, with strong programs in agriculture, forestry and wildlife sciences, and veterinary medicine.
Located in the town of Auburn, Alabama, the school is very clear about its mission, which, in a nutshell, is to be “a world-renowned institution that excels in education, research, and service.” Auburn’s research accomplishments have included developing the capabilities of the “Auburn dog,” used for detection of hazardous substances. Through the Auburn University Huntsville Research Center, the university also collaborates with numerous military, civilian, and private-sector partners – notably NASA and the U.S. Army – on a broad range of aviation, missile defense, and other aeronautical research, engineering, and testing initiatives. Auburn is proud of having achieved Carnegie’s highest classification for research institutions.
Without a doubt, Auburn’s most striking contribution to basketball has been the legendary Charles Barkley, a member of the NBA’s list of 50 best players ever. “Sir Charles” still holds court today as an NBA analyst. This year, after a surprise run to their second-ever SEC championship, Auburn squeaked past New Mexico State in the first round before reeling off three straight wins over some of the winningest programs in men’s college basketball history: #4 Kansas, #1 UNC, and #2 Kentucky. The #5 seeded Tigers now advance to their first-ever men’s Final Four.