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 Eastern Athletic Conference Academic Rankings

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2016 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Academic Rankings

2016 Mid Eastern Athletic 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 League111111111212209|921.20|702241|932183|9118|941.00|991491251|751.50|992209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427True
-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League111111111212127|891.96|512172|912090|8735|881.00|991491251|751.50|992127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427True
PrivateHoward UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic Conference111112332941605|672.73|321705|711375|57140|541.67|98921546|465.00|951605/1070/24Average24352.8043701332524850043116True
PublicFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityFloridaMid Eastern Athletic Conference332221111211390|583.04|241564|651264|53155|481.00|991266589|632.00|981390/927/21BelowAverage33522.8053849517464590031525True
PublicNorth Carolina A & T State UniversityNorth CarolinaMid Eastern Athletic Conference553333123111330|553.10|231535|641225|51173|422.00|981548957|772.00|981330/887/20BelowAverage35562.8035920315225060029395True
PublicMorgan State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference4444545441161335|563.07|231437|601009|42185|394.00|96861520|437.50|931335/890/20BelowAverage64672.8014630213964450032464True
PrivateHampton UniversityVirginiaMid Eastern Athletic Conference225566566431505|632.89|281398|581004|42300|05.67|941095421|554.50|961505/1003/23Average17352.80035038903990035352True
-Conf-Mid - Eastern Athletic Conference (Average)-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference444465564551388|583.05|241463|611065|44232|235.00|951087657|545.50|951388/925/21BelowAverage29572.8018582112884347532821True
PublicNorfolk State UniversityVirginiaMid Eastern Athletic Conference86766656610101300|543.12|221353|56931|39300|05.67|94872343|448.00|921300/867/20BelowAverage44642.80053566714160035098True
-Conf-Mid - Eastern Athletic Conference (Low)-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference886665564551300|543.13|221381|58948|40300|05.00|951087657|546.00|941300/867/20BelowAverage29572.8014582112884347532821True
PublicDelaware State UniversityDelawareMid Eastern Athletic Conference679866566861325|553.12|221265|53886|37300|05.67|94934731|477.50|931325/883/20BelowAverage6632.80040123853660030218True
PublicNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth CarolinaMid Eastern Athletic Conference10116766566551270|533.16|211358|57912|38300|05.67|941022806|516.50|941270/847/19BelowAverage14602.800591717703620030283True
PublicUniversity of Maryland Eastern ShoreMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference88101066566661295|543.13|221173|49767|32300|05.67|941020496|517.50|931295/863/19BelowAverage34652.80035707094020031105True
PublicCoppin State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference7912126656612121315|553.13|22974|41658|27300|05.67|94849941|4211.00|891315/877/20BelowAverage9822.80026844494020025407True
PublicSavannah State UniversityGeorgiaMid Eastern Athletic Conference111289665667111255|523.17|211266|53843|35300|05.67|941015899|518.50|921255/837/19BelowAverage25662.80047691463780026961True
PublicSouth Carolina State UniversitySouth CarolinaMid Eastern Athletic Conference1210131345455361247|523.15|21933|39559|23182|404.67|951253714|637.50|931247/831/19BelowAverage62632.80927915404290037856True
PrivateBethune-Cookman UniversityFloridaMid Eastern Athletic Conference131311116656613131225|513.21|201145|48733|31300|05.67|94741036|3713.00|871225/817/18BelowAverage8602.80038991453190027070True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in the Mid - Eastern Athletic Conference?

1. Howard University

2. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

3. North Carolina A & T State University

4. Morgan State University

5. Hampton University

6. Norfolk State University

7. Delaware State University

2016 Top 10 Mid Eastern Athletic Conference Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Mid Eastern Athletic 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 League111111212209/1473/33Elite2843.43580824691005957563427
-1.00-Conf-Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League111111212127/1418/32Elite2843.43217824691005957563427
11.17PrivateHoward UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic Conference111112741605/1070/24Average24352.8043701332524850043116
22.40PublicFlorida Agricultural and Mechanical UniversityFloridaMid Eastern Athletic Conference332221211390/927/21BelowAverage33522.8053849517464590031525
33.80PublicNorth Carolina A & T State UniversityNorth CarolinaMid Eastern Athletic Conference553333111330/887/20BelowAverage35562.8035920315225060029395
44.00PrivateHampton UniversityVirginiaMid Eastern Athletic Conference225555331505/1003/23Average17352.80035038903990035352
44.00PublicMorgan State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference444444961335/890/20BelowAverage64672.8014630213964450032464
-4.20-Conf-Mid - Eastern Athletic Conference (Average)-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference444454451388/925/21BelowAverage29572.8018582112884347532821
66.40PublicNorfolk State UniversityVirginiaMid Eastern Athletic Conference867655881300/867/20BelowAverage44642.80053566714160035098
-6.60-Conf-Mid - Eastern Athletic Conference (Low)-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference886654451300/867/20BelowAverage29572.8014582112884347532821
76.80PublicDelaware State UniversityDelawareMid Eastern Athletic Conference678855661325/883/20BelowAverage6632.80040123853660030218
87.60PublicNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth CarolinaMid Eastern Athletic Conference10106755451270/847/19BelowAverage14602.800591717703620030283
97.80PublicUniversity of Maryland Eastern ShoreMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference889955581295/863/19BelowAverage34652.80035707094020031105
108.20PublicCoppin State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference7910105510101315/877/20BelowAverage9822.80026844494020025407