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

Colonial Athletic Association Academic Rankings

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2016 Colonial Athletic Association : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings

2016 Colonial Athletic Association : 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 League111111211112209|921.20|702241|932183|9118|941.33|991491251|751.00|992209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427True
-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League122213432112127|891.96|512172|912090|8735|883.00|971491251|751.00|992127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427True
PrivateNortheastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic Association111147747932103|881.95|512183|912099|87112|635.67|941167546|585.00|952103/1402/32Elite32223.40921351062885500060290True
PublicStony Brook UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic Association ...543232413831880|782.35|412040|851969|8285|721.67|981235869|625.00|951880/1253/28Good44303.102121648081274970036266True
PublicCollege of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic Association222368488212052|862.06|492086|871946|81118|616.67|931352642|682.50|982052/1368/31Excellent1693.2557629921385070053435True
PublicUniversity of DelawareDelawareColonial Athletic Association896413352761745|732.66|341962|821885|7941|862.33|981237221|625.50|951745/1163/26AboveAverage16212.951641895137295040044550True
PrivateDrexel UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association765554736531765|742.52|371963|821879|78117|613.67|961270855|645.00|951765/1177/26AboveAverage42312.951171689694635590067665True
-Conf-Colonial Athletic Association (Average)-Colonial Athletic Association533498778661944|812.21|452049|851920|80172|437.33|931262525|635.50|951944/1296/29Excellent25203.16801104743635125053493True
PrivateVillanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...43471010101010121972|822.26|432027|841849|77300|010.00|901427198|713.00|971972/1314/30Excellent2793.250711836175530060694True
PrivateUniversity of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...35891010101010681991|832.36|411932|801759|73300|010.00|901238950|626.50|941991/1327/30Excellent14173.25033468364820059630True
PrivateElon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic Association6710121010101010461853|772.63|341892|791677|70300|010.00|901280922|646.00|941853/1235/28Good10173.10057827014480045414True
PublicUniversity of North Carolina WilmingtonNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic Association810910101010101011101735|722.67|331911|801722|72300|010.00|901091369|5510.00|901735/1157/26AboveAverage19322.9501296416063990035419True
PublicCollege of CharlestonSouth CarolinaColonial Athletic Association881111101010101015111745|732.64|341888|791702|71300|010.00|901049627|5212.50|881745/1163/26AboveAverage22352.9501044010164180044332True
PublicSUNY at AlbanyNew YorkColonial Athletic Association ...141314152112116131635|682.70|331835|761620|6883|721.00|991003334|5013.50|871635/1090/25Average17342.803871292943444660034673True
PublicJames Madison UniversityVirginiaColonial Athletic Association1216761010101010391720|722.79|301947|811867|78300|010.00|901292507|657.50|931720/1147/26AboveAverage10183.0001914417114910038872True
PublicUniversity of New HampshireNew HampshireColonial Athletic Association ...131213137426410111640|682.69|331839|771624|68120|603.67|961106341|5511.50|891640/1093/25Average18222.801411283122864680043730True
-Conf-Colonial Athletic Association (Low)-Colonial Athletic Association81710111089899111745|732.89|281896|791710|71300|08.67|911202378|6011.50|891745/1163/26AboveAverage25203.16571104743635125053493True
PrivateHofstra UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic Association81115169999913131745|732.67|331825|761554|65172|439.00|911088006|5413.50|871745/1163/26AboveAverage11412.953690440494760056046True
PublicTowson UniversityMarylandColonial Athletic Association1514128101010101017171620|682.73|321879|781785|74300|010.00|90994850|5016.00|841620/1080/24Average16342.8001880734784460035384True
PublicUniversity of Rhode IslandRhode IslandColonial Athletic Association ...161516148647514161600|672.75|311818|761621|68125|595.00|951079612|5415.00|851600/1067/24Average19352.801021358929824870043075True
PrivateNortheastern University Global NetworkMassachusettsColonial Athletic Association17171717101010101012151565|654.00|0-2400|0-2400|0300|010.00|901088676|5414.50|861565/1043/23Unknown002.80036896413550000False

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in the Colonial Athletic Association?

1. Northeastern University

2. Stony Brook University

3. College of William and Mary

4. University of Delaware

5. Drexel University

6. Villanova University

7. University of Richmond

2016 Top 10 Colonial Athletic Association : No Conference Affiliation Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Colonial Athletic Association : 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
-1.83-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League122213112127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427
12.17PrivateNortheastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic Association111145932103/1402/32Elite32223.40921351062885500060290
23.17PublicStony Brook UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic Association ...543232831880/1253/28Good44303.102121648081274970036266
33.50PublicCollege of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic Association222366212052/1368/31Excellent1693.2557629921385070053435
-4.67-Conf-Colonial Athletic Association (Average)-Colonial Athletic Association533476631944/1296/29Excellent25203.16801104743635125053493
45.00PublicUniversity of DelawareDelawareColonial Athletic Association886413731745/1163/26AboveAverage16212.951641895137295040044550
55.33PrivateVillanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...434777121972/1314/30Excellent2793.250711836175530060694
55.33PrivateDrexel UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association765554531765/1177/26AboveAverage42312.951171689694635590067665
76.33PrivateUniversity of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...358877671991/1327/30Excellent14173.25033468364820059630
87.00PublicSUNY at AlbanyNew YorkColonial Athletic Association ...10910102110101635/1090/25Average17342.803871292943444660034673
97.50PrivateElon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic Association679977471853/1235/28Good10173.10057827014480045414
107.67PublicJames Madison UniversityVirginiaColonial Athletic Association9107677371720/1147/26AboveAverage10183.0001914417114910038872