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Posted on Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

BuzzFeed: University of Michigan is nation's most academically and athletically dominant school

By Kellie Woodhouse


University of Michigan fans.

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The University of Michigan is home to a bunch of brainy sports fans, according a recent BuzzFeed posting.

Buzzfeed aggregated Forbes’ academic rankings of colleges and universities against USA Today’s tally of total athletic expenses for public schools and found that U-M was the public school that had the highest ratio of academic and athletic dominance in the nation.

BezzFeed's top 5 academically and athletically dominant schools:

  1. University of Michigan
  2. University of Florida
  3. University of Texas
  4. University of North Carolina
  5. University of Virginia

U-M is the public university that spent the third-most on athletics, according to the USA Today database, and is ranked 57th by Forbes, which compiled a list that included public and private colleges.

Kellie Woodhouse covers higher education for Reach her at or 734-623-4602 and follow her on twitter.



Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 10:47 a.m.

Kellie, will this translate into wins over Ohio State? Big 10 Titles? National Championships? If it means beating Ohio State (if not the other two) from here on out, then that means "Buzzfeed" can be considered a credible news source.

Craig Haley

Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 2:17 a.m.

Steve Forbe's academic ratings are a joke. I was a class ahead of him at Brooks School in North Andover, MA. Steve went to Princeton as did his Dad Malcolm. Guess which school comes out on top in the Forbe's rankings??? You got it! Princeton!!! Michigan, Cal and UCLA are consistently ranked as Top 20 Academically in the World by independent publications outside the US, yet Forbes ranks them domestically way behind such academic powerhouses as Kenyon. Huh?? Guess that's why Steve didn't get very far on the presidential trail....

Tim Hornton

Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 1:25 a.m.

About time you have a positive article about our Higher Education instead of articles like how much UM spends to paint its stadium or other needed upkeep expensives that aren't really stories at all but generated just to get reactions from the simple.


Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 12:36 a.m.

Not to rain on anyone's parade, but to get a top endorsement from a website named "buzzfeed" does not hold much weight. Kind of reminds me of Playboy's annual ranking of "best Party Schools". This is a joke!


Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 12:08 a.m.

The Forbes "academic" ranking is really an outlier: the methodology really measures "bang for buck" not academic ranking. Their "measurement" conflates their own measures of cost and cost effectiveness with academic ranking and should not be construed as purely academic.

An Arborigine

Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 8:49 p.m.

"Buzzfeed"? Sounds more like Oreos than a reputable polling venue.


Sat, Jun 22, 2013 : 2:47 a.m.

Medicinal Oreos.


Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 7:39 p.m.

This is a public school ranking.. Stanford, Georgetown, etc are not included because USA Today did not rank private schools athletic expenses. None the less, nice to see UofM at the top.


Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 6:42 p.m.

Florida? Academically dominant? I never would have guessed.