10/11/2014: As part of the UO Matters Sustainability Program I’m recycling last year’s data and comments:
UCLA spends 2% of its budget on sports, while UO spends 13%, for a 650% shellacking. On the other hand, UO’s Econ Phd program beats UCLA’s by 4 points. In general UO’s research ranking looks pretty impressive, relative to the puny inputs we get. But don’t be fooled – the NRC data comes from 2005, and doesn’t yet show the full impact of Frohnmayer’s decision to prioritize big-time sports, by taking money from the academic side.
For a very interesting take on UO’s current world ranking, see UO Foundation board member (and former ASUO President) Iain More, here, tables here. Cocktail party version? The Ducks are the #3 university in football, while the University of Oregon is #551 in the world academic rankings. For a quick and dirty look at the overall NRC data on research, see here.
Zillow’s rent index is for LA is $2,389, versus $1,289 for Eugene. On the student SAT metric, UCLA does seem to have a slight advantage. Here are more SAT comparisons, thanks to a helpful reader: