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President Obama Makes His March Madness Picks, A Look at the Schools

President Obama Makes His March Madness Picks, A Look at the Schools

President Obama plays basketball with Congressman at the White House. Photo: WhiteHouse.gov

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

March 15, 2012

It’s no secret that President Barack Obama loves basketball, and though filling out a very public bracket may not be a “hot button issue” for the country, it’s always entertaining to watch the President let loose and give his take on the tournament.

For the fourth year in a row, ESPN made a trip to the White House with the President’s very oversized brackets, and he made his pick for both the Men’s and Women’s March Madness tournaments. This year, he has Kentucky, Ohio State, Missouri and North Carolina in the Final Four, and his Championship Game picks will be unveiled Wednesday at 9 a.m. EST on ESPN’s Sportscenter.

While the rest of the country is focused on each team’s free throw percentage, Fastweb is taking a look at the impressive stats for the schools behind the teams.

University of North Carolina ranks at #29 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 list. They’ve also claimed the #22 place on the High School Counselor Rankings, #12 for Best Value Schools, the #6 spot for Best Undergraduate Business Programs and #5 for Top Public School. Approximately 18,579 students are enrolled at the campus in Chapel Hill, and the school has a 32.5% admission rate.

Ohio State University ranks at #55 on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 list. They appear at #51 on the High School Counselor Rankings, claim the #17 spot for Top Public School, #8 for Up and Coming Schools and also rank on the Best Business and Engineering Programs lists. The school in Columbus, Ohio is home to 42,082 students and has a 68% admissions rate.

Coming in at #90 on the U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 list is University of Missouri, or Mizzou as it’s casually called. Mizzou also ranks #51 on the High School Counselor Rankings, holds on to the #39 spot for Top Public Schools and is also listed on the Best Business and Engineering Programs lists. Approximately 24,901 students attend Mizzou in Columbia, Missouri, and the school has an acceptance rate of 83.6%.

University of Kentucky is referred to as the “winningest college basketball program in history,” but they rank the lowest of Obama’s Final Four predictions on U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges 2012 list at #124, which still isn’t bad as there are over 4,000 degree-granting institutions in the U.S. according to National Center for Education Statistics. The school ranks at #100 on the High School Counselor Rankings, claims the #59 spot for Top Public School and is also listed on the Best Business and Engineering Programs lists. The school is home to 19,927 students in Lexington and has a 68.5% admissions rate.

President Obama isn’t the only one putting up a public bracket; Blue Belle, the Fastweb mascot, is too! Check out her bracket picks for March Madness, and follow her journey to the Championship Game on Facebook!

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