University Benchmarks

Ranking the Top 100 Academic Universities ranks the universities that attract and produce the best academic students.

There are many 'University Rankings' on the internet. Most rankings rely heavily on subjective metrics like 'reputation' and 'selectivity'. UniversityBenchmarks is purely an academic ranking model. The rankings are based on the reported academic and financial metrics of the colleges. There are no subjective factors like 'reputation' that are used. The calculations are performed using normal statistical models. All universities are considered equal and there is no weighting of the ranking categories.

The university 2014-2015 dataset is comprised of over 2400 US Universities & Colleges and comes from multiple sources using the most favorable reported metrics for a university.

The universities are ranked against each other in each filtered set. It is an iterative process whereby lower ranking universities are removed and the set is re-ranked until the final set of 100 is reached.

Selecting 'Rank Top 10 Only' will show the Top 10 for each filter category ranked against each other.

The academic rankings of the universities within the major conferences (ACC, Big12, Big10, Pac12, SEC) are available.

The 2017 rankings will be available in August.

  • It is possible for universities to be ranked higher/lower than one another depending on the filter set.
  • Conference averages are based on the top 8 schools in the conference.
  • Public Schools are highlighted
  • Clicking on the university's seal icon will take you to the university's website.

Ranking Fields

Rank - Overall rank based on the average of the ranking fields (Scores, Difficulty, Smartest, Brainpower, Faculty and Research).

Scores - SAT & ACT scores. The university's test scores are corrected for dropout rate when score level is Good, Excellent or Elite. This will slightly boost scores for highly competitive schools.

Difficulty - Academic rigor is estimated based on how difficult it is to get an "A" at the university. An estimated GPA at the university is calculated for the average US Student. University grade inflation, average GPA, and STEM density are factors.

Smartest - University that can field the highest scoring students based on the average US University size. Higher Smartest Rank = "Smartest for the Average University"

Brainpower - The average "smartest" rank using 5 reference populations (CalTech, MIT, Stanford, GaTech and Berkeley). Higher Brainpower Rank = "Higher Density of Smart Students". The university ranked higher can mathematically field 'X' number of smarter students than universities ranked below them.

Faculty - Ranking based on number of % of faculty with awards and academy membership.

Research - Ranking is achieved by iteratively ranking the average of 3 research metrics (r-pop, r-stem, r-other ). The lowest ranked college is then removed and the new set is re-ranked. The result is the schools with potentially the strongest research environments per student bubble up to the top regardless of size or research budget.

  • r-pop - Average research spending for student population
  • r-stem - STEM research spending
  • r-other - Other/Medical/Health research spending

Salary ROI - "Salary Return on Investment" is not used in the overall ranking but is provided for additional information. Using the undergraduate average starting and mid-career salaries, the rank is based on a 20yr salary accumulation (with raises) minus the cost of a 4 year education at the university. Salaries are normalized across the country using the average COLA for the university's geo-economic region (7 regions total). The COLA effect is diminished by the level of the university. Elite, Excellent and Good universities have a greater distribution of graduates across the country and a diminishing COLA effect. The resultant value would be the graduate's spending potential over the 20yr period.

Overall ROI - "Overall Return on Investment" is not used in the overall ranking but is provided for additional information. The average of Overall Rank and Salary ROI. This would be the "Best academic bang for the buck". Colleges that produce the best education, at the best price, with the best return will be ranked higher.

Color Key - ranks are colorized as follows 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 50 100

The 2016 University Academic Rankings

Atlantic 10 Conference Academic Rankings

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2016 Atlantic 10 Conference : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings

2016 Atlantic 10 Conference : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings
rank value image public university state conference scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research r pop r stem r other salary ROI overall ROI scores value difficulty value smartest value brainpower value faculty value research value salary ROI value overall ROI value scores level stem drop gpa avg research undergrads grads salary price scores valid
-Conf-Ivy League (Average)-Ivy League111111111212209|921.20|702241|932183|9118|941.00|991491251|751.50|992209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427True
-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League111112312212127|891.96|512172|912090|8735|881.33|991491251|751.50|992127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427True
PrivateGeorge Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 Conference3311114411461988|832.39|402080|871963|8253|821.00|991040349|527.50|931988/1325/30Excellent13183.2519710740148734810063210True
PublicUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusettsMid - American Conference / At...552223423721800|752.51|372016|841953|8181|732.00|981150890|584.50|961800/1200/27AboveAverage23312.951822225263835160042355True
PrivateFordham UniversityNew YorkPatriot League / Atlantic 10 C...4434699981261910|802.48|381997|831852|77151|508.67|911062234|537.50|931910/1274/29Good7223.1019863365984950065330True
PublicGeorge Mason UniversityVirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference774377776311720|722.69|331965|821894|79156|486.67|931337588|673.50|971720/1147/26AboveAverage20322.958722349113805140045648True
PrivateUniversity of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...22671010101010541991|832.36|411932|801759|73300|010.00|901238950|625.00|951991/1327/30Excellent14173.25033468364820059630True
-Conf-Atlantic 10 Conference (Average)-Atlantic 10 Conference5646108788661873|782.51|371993|831844|77190|377.67|921201291|606.00|941873/1249/28Good15233.08631093260504850054756True
PublicVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference111175424121391645|692.80|301924|801848|77113|631.33|991050568|539.50|911645/1097/25AboveAverage25432.952022366171874380047104True
PrivateDavidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...111381010101010222013|842.27|431625|681716|71300|010.00|901381535|694.50|962013/1342/30Excellent1483.250177004880060921True
PrivateSaint Louis UniversityMissouriAtlantic 10 Conference66561010101010451785|742.55|361941|811768|74300|010.00|901268530|635.50|951785/1190/27AboveAverage21292.9501237446784570054684True
PublicUniversity of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...12810113413511111605|672.72|321759|731530|64109|642.67|971066625|5310.00|901605/1070/24Average30372.80105933919474790040982True
PublicUniversity of Rhode IslandRhode IslandColonial Athletic Association ...139895636410111600|672.75|311818|761621|68125|594.33|961079612|5410.00|901600/1067/24Average19352.801021358929824870043075True
PrivateUniversity of DaytonOhioPioneer Football League / Atla...81091095157161670|702.76|311797|751580|66185|383.67|961503731|756.00|941670/1113/25AboveAverage27252.9588852928145210051320True
PrivateDuquesne UniversityPennsylvaniaNortheast Conference / Atlanti...8121112887899131670|702.82|301730|721440|60180|407.67|921104695|5510.50|901670/1113/25AboveAverage10252.9516599536534470046270True
-Conf-Atlantic 10 Conference (Low)-Atlantic 10 Conference81689109108108131670|702.95|261836|771630|68300|09.33|911145798|5710.50|901670/1113/25AboveAverage15233.08161093260504850054756True
PrivateSaint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 Conference81412131010101010691665|692.83|291708|711422|59300|010.00|901191187|609.50|911665/1110/25AboveAverage8242.950551234624830057021True
PrivateSt Bonaventure UniversityNew YorkAtlantic 10 Conference14131515101010101015151565|652.83|29730|30925|39300|010.00|90456230|2314.50|861565/1043/23Average9362.80017743763190043607True
PrivateLa Salle UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 Conference1515141410101010108131485|622.95|261461|611133|47300|010.00|901124134|5611.50|891485/990/22BelowAverage8322.800432219204620054360True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in the Atlantic 10 Conference?

1. George Washington University

2. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

3. Fordham University

4. George Mason University

5. University of Richmond

6. Virginia Commonwealth University

7. Davidson College

2016 Top 10 Atlantic 10 Conference : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Atlantic 10 Conference : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings
rank value public name state conference scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI scores level stem drop gpa avg research undergrads grads salary price
-1.00-Conf-Ivy League (Average)-Ivy League111111112209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427
-1.17-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League111112112127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427
11.67PrivateGeorge Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 Conference3311111061988/1325/30Excellent13183.2519710740148734810063210
23.17PublicUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusettsMid - American Conference / At...552223511800/1200/27AboveAverage23312.951822225263835160042355
34.67PrivateFordham UniversityNew YorkPatriot League / Atlantic 10 C...443467861910/1274/29Good7223.1019863365984950065330
45.50PrivateUniversity of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...226788441991/1327/30Excellent14173.25033468364820059630
55.67PublicGeorge Mason UniversityVirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference774376211720/1147/26AboveAverage20322.958722349113805140045648
66.00PrivateDavidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...1110888112013/1342/30Excellent1483.250177004880060921
66.00PublicVirginia Commonwealth UniversityVirginiaAtlantic 10 Conference8107542961645/1097/25AboveAverage25432.952022366171874380047104
-6.00-Conf-Atlantic 10 Conference (Average)-Atlantic 10 Conference564687561873/1249/28Good15233.08631093260504850054756
66.50PrivateSaint Louis UniversityMissouriAtlantic 10 Conference665688351785/1190/27AboveAverage21292.9501237446784570054684
97.17PublicUniversity of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...9891034791605/1070/24Average30372.80105933919474790040982
107.67PublicUniversity of Rhode IslandRhode IslandColonial Athletic Association ...1098955691600/1067/24Average19352.801021358929824870043075