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Tigers v. Tigers: How Mizzou and Auburn stack up academically

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 6, 2013 - The University of Missouri and Auburn University are facing off at 3 p.m. Dec. 7 for the Southeastern Conference championship. We’d say, “Go, Tigers!” but the teams have the same mascot.

Thanks to the St. Louis Business Journal, we learned that Auburn outspends Mizzou on its football program $33.3 million to $15.3 million (2011). We wondered how the two schools measured up in other ways, such as graduation success rate.


Established in 1856

Admits 77% of applicants

Enrollment 2012: 25,135

Student-teacher ratio 18:1

Tuition & fees: $9,446 in state, $25,190 out of state

Room and board: $10,606

First-year student retention: 90%

4-year graduation rate: 38%

6-year graduation rate: 68%

Football graduation success rate: 70%

#91 National universities US News


Established in 1839

Admits 86% of applicants

Enrollment 2012: 33,762

Student-teacher ratio: 20:1

Tuition and Fees: $9,257 in state $23,366 out of state

Room and board: $8,944

First-year retention: 85%

4-year graduation rate: 45%

6-year graduation rate: 69%

Football graduation success rate: 74%

#97 national universities US News

Sources: National center for educational statistics, Princeton Review, collegetoolkit.com, www.saturdaydownsouth.com/2013

Brent is the data visual specialist at St. Louis Public Radio.

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