While the Oklahoma and Texas’ athletic achievements are well-known, the schools’ successes in the classroom earned them spots on the list of the 25 best schools both academically and athletically, according to Forbes.
Schools’ athletic programs were compared against Forbes’America’s Top Colleges for 2017 to compile the list. Only schools in the top 1 percent of NCAA championships — or at least 20 championships — were considered, meaning notable academic institutions like Duke (16 titles) were left out.
Oklahoma barely made the list at No. 23, between UConn and Colorado. With 28 national championships — including seven in the last two years — the Sooners are tied for No. 28 nationally. However, Oklahoma ranks No. 201 in the country academically, according to Forbes, hurting its ranking on the combined list.
Texas, on the other hand, checked in at No. 4 with 45 national titles (eighth-best nationally) and a No. 91 ranking academically. According to Forbes, the Longhorns have the largest athletic budget of any school in the country, public or private, at $155 million.
Oklahoma State, which touts the third-most national championships in NCAA Division I, did not make Forbes’ list because of its poor academic standing (No. 318).
Top 5 schools academically and athletically (Forbes)
Stanford (112 titles, No. 2)
UCLA (114, No. 48)
USC (104, No. 44)
Texas (45, No. 91)
Michigan (35, No. 38)