March Madness: 7 facts to compare Wright State Raiders and Tennessee Volunteers

Wright State University will face off against the University of Tennessee on Thursday in Dallas in the first round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Wright State may have been seeded lower than Tennessee, but how do the colleges compare on in terms of age, students and faculty?

Check out seven fast facts about each college below:

1. How old?

WSU: 1967, 50 years old

Tennessee: 1794, 224 years old

2. What are the mascots?

WSU: The Raiders, which in the early days were depicted by a viking and was swapped out for a wolf in 1997, according to the university.

Tennessee: The Volunteers, though in 1953 the university decided to make their “live mascot” a hound dog named Smokey.

3. How many total students?

WSU: 17,108

Tennessee: 28,321

4. Tuition and fees price

WSU: $10,814

Tennessee: $12,970

5. Size of faculty

WSU: 824 full-time faculty

Tennessee: 1,586 full-time faculty

6. How many degrees available?

WSU: 150 bachelor’s degrees, 145 graduate programs

Tennessee: 360 bachelor’s degrees, 530 graduate programs

7. Impact on state economy

WSU: More than $1 billion

Tennessee: $1.6 billion

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