If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you probably know that we write every year about the impact of March Madness on various universities. Remember our piece on the impact of George Mason’s Final Four run a few years back on the university’s admissions statistics? The fact is that March Madness does impact college admissions figures the following year. If a highly selective college like Duke University advances far into the NCAA Tourney, expect significantly more students to apply to Duke than the year before. If the Blue Devils bust and go out in Rounds 1 or 2, you won’t see that same kind of correlation.
So which highly selective colleges have a chance to impact their admissions figures for next year in this year’s NCAA Tournament? Well, there’s Duke of course. Duke takes on Albany in Round 1. Some years ago, Albany nearly orchestrated the first 16 over a 1 in the history of the Men’s NCAA Tournament. So maybe they should watch out for the SUNY team in this 2 vs. 15 matchup of David vs. Goliath. Harvard University is also in the NCAA Tourney this year. They’re the 14th seed, taking on the University of New Mexico in Round 1. Let’s go Harvard!
Cal made the field this year, too, as they’ll be taking on UNLV in Round 1. Georgetown University is a 2-seed so there’s a good chance they’ll go far. How far? We’ll just have to wait and see. UCLA is a 6-seed, taking on the University of Minnesota. The University of Michigan is a 4-seed, taking on South Dakota State University. UNC and Villanova face off in an 8 vs. 9 matchup. Davidson also made the field, facing off against Marquette in Round 1. Did we leave off a highly selective college in this year’s March Madness field? If so, let us know! Or let us know who you think we should have written about! It’s possible that we don’t consider the school to be as highly selective as you (or at least as the schools we brought to your attention). And, no, South Dakota State isn’t one of those schools. We just happened to list the opponents of the highly selective universities in Round 1.