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

Mid American Conference Academic Rankings

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2016 Mid American Conference Academic Rankings

2016 Mid American Conference 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 League111111111112209|921.20|702241|932183|9118|941.00|991491251|751.00|992209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427True
-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League111112122112127|891.96|512172|912090|8735|881.67|981491251|751.00|992127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427True
PublicUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusettsMid - American Conference / At...2111221221261800|752.51|372016|841953|8181|731.67|981150890|586.50|941800/1200/27AboveAverage23312.951822225263835160042355True
PublicUniversity at BuffaloNew YorkMid American Conference3333111111371705|712.66|331941|811863|7872|761.00|99983423|497.50|931705/1137/26AboveAverage36272.9535419882101134750038335True
PublicMiami University-OxfordOhioMid American Conference122245576111844|772.61|352011|841931|80140|545.00|951488246|742.00|981844/1230/28Good17183.10261581328074970045527True
PublicOhio UniversityOhioMid American Conference444434144321610|672.74|311902|791822|76138|543.00|971347958|673.50|971610/1073/24Average16332.80552357156464380033822True
-Conf-Mid - American Conference (Average)-Mid American Conference444563143631649|692.73|321903|791817|76154|492.67|971300906|655.50|951649/1099/25AboveAverage22392.88921963255164536337386True
PublicUniversity of Akron Main CampusOhioMid American Conference66661212121212631580|662.80|301859|771764|74300|012.00|881296336|655.50|951580/1053/24Average26582.8001971042524470033376True
PublicKent State University at KentOhioMid American Conference7755988851191545|642.84|291860|771772|74168|447.00|931152669|588.50|921545/1030/23Average16472.80272332861494010033486True
PublicBall State UniversityIndianaMid American Conference5577109999971595|662.78|311843|771731|72177|419.00|911193505|608.00|921595/1063/24Average11432.80171641542403930038046True
PublicUniversity of ToledoOhioMid American Conference8891073133431535|642.86|281798|751675|70155|492.33|981341803|676.00|941535/1023/23Average30512.80711609045364620034147True
-Conf-Mid - American Conference (Low)-Mid American Conference81188121011910671535|642.91|271827|761728|72300|010.00|901300906|657.50|931535/1023/23Average22392.88171963255164536337386True
PublicEastern Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American Conference1011891212121212891505|632.91|271799|751688|70300|012.00|881212682|618.50|921505/1003/23Average18542.8001834040614190037548True
PublicNorthern Illinois UniversityIllinoisMid American Conference119131266658231495|622.86|281763|731627|68154|495.67|941383470|696.00|941495/997/22Average32422.80241543551764850037502True
PublicBowling Green State UniversityOhioMid American Conference81012135101011107121520|632.88|281766|741604|67149|5010.00|901278086|649.00|911520/1013/23Average13402.8091409924554150031566True
PublicWestern Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American Conference1313111187667591467|612.95|261777|741665|69164|456.00|941326713|668.50|921467/978/22BelowAverage24412.80241888950254430037103True
PublicCentral Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American Conference1212108111111101110131475|612.95|261797|751694|71194|3510.67|891187790|5911.50|891475/983/22BelowAverage18432.8092067162084150034620True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in the Mid - American Conference?

1. University of Massachusetts-Amherst

2. University at Buffalo

3. Miami University-Oxford

4. Ohio University

5. University of Akron Main Campus

6. Kent State University at Kent

7. Ball State University

2016 Top 10 Mid American Conference Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Mid American Conference 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
11.50PublicUniversity of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusettsMid - American Conference / At...211122931800/1200/27AboveAverage23312.951822225263835160042355
22.33PublicUniversity at BuffaloNew YorkMid American Conference3333111061705/1137/26AboveAverage36272.9535419882101134750038335
32.67PublicMiami University-OxfordOhioMid American Conference122245111844/1230/28Good17183.10261581328074970045527
43.83PublicOhio UniversityOhioMid American Conference444434221610/1073/24Average16332.80552357156464380033822
-4.33-Conf-Mid - American Conference (Average)-Mid American Conference444563431649/1099/25AboveAverage22392.88921963255164536337386
56.60PublicUniversity of Akron Main CampusOhioMid American Conference666699431580/1053/24Average26582.8001971042524470033376
66.69PublicKent State University at KentOhioMid American Conference775576871545/1030/23Average16472.80272332861494010033486
77.00PublicBall State UniversityIndianaMid American Conference557787771595/1063/24Average11432.80171641542403930038046
88.00PublicUniversity of ToledoOhioMid American Conference889963351535/1023/23Average30512.80711609045364620034147
-8.50-Conf-Mid - American Conference (Low)-Mid American Conference8108898471535/1023/23Average22392.88171963255164536337386
98.93PublicBowling Green State UniversityOhioMid American Conference89101058571520/1013/23Average13402.8091409924554150031566
109.00PublicEastern Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American Conference101088996101505/1003/23Average18542.8001834040614190037548