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

America East (Low)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The America East Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the NCAA Division I, whose members are located mainly in the Northeastern United States. The conference was known as the ECAC North from 1979 to 1988 and the North Atlantic Conference from 1988 to 1996.


The America East Conference was founded as the ECAC North, a men's basketball-only athletic conference in 1979. The charter members were the following: The University of Rhode Island, the College of the Holy Cross, Canisius College, Niagara University, Colgate University, Northeastern University, Boston University, the University of Maine, the University of New Hampshire and the University of Vermont. Many other events have occurred since its formation:

Later, the conference became an all-sports conference, named as the North Atlantic Conference in the 1988-89 season, only for Canisius, Niagara and Siena to leave after the spring of 1989 to join the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).

During 2001, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra and Towson left to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) while the University at Albany, Binghamton University and Stony Brook University replaced them.

Most recently, Boston University left to join the Patriot League on July 1, 2013, while the University of Massachusetts Lowell joined from Division II.

Member schools | Full members | Associate members

There are currently four schools with associate membership. All are in California, and moved their field hockey teams into the America East in July 2015.

Former members | Former associate members

Three schools have had single-sport membership in the past. Two of these, Fairfield and Providence, moved their America East sports into their all-sports conferences. The third, NJIT, left when it joined a conference that sponsored its America East sport.

Membership timeline | Sports sponsored

The America East Conference sponsors championship competition in seven men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports. The most recent change to the roster of America East sports came in 2014-15 with the dropping of men's tennis.

Men's sports | Women's sports | Facilities

The conference does not sponsor football. Four members have football programs, all of which compete in the Colonial Athletic Association: Albany, Maine, New Hampshire, and Stony Brook.

The conference does not sponsor ice hockey. Members who participate in that sport (UMass Lowell for men only, and Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont for both men and women) do so as members of Hockey East.

Champions | See also | References

^ "Cal, UC Davis, Pacific, Stanford Added As #AEFH Associate Members - - The Official Website of the America East Conference". Retrieved 2015-07-15.

^ "Men's Tennis Wins 7th Straight AE Title" (Press release). Binghamton University Bearcats. April 27, 2014. Retrieved June 13, 2014. The 2014 championship is be the last men's tennis event sponsored by the America East and unlike past years, the Bearcats will not advance to the NCAA tournament, as the sport sponsorship (4 schools) fell short of the NCAA requirement.

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America East Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for America East (Low)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 364 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to America East (Low)?

1. University of Southern Mississippi

2. Wichita State University

3. University of North Dakota

4. University of Toledo

5. University of Nevada-Reno

6. University of Nebraska at Omaha

7. North Dakota State University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

America East National Academic Rankings

America East National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

(mathematically similar student body, size, academics, stem, salary... etc)

America East Peer Universities, Similar Universities to America East

America East Peer Universities, Similar Universities to America East
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University of Southern MississippiMississippiConference USAPublicAverage493423
Wichita State UniversityKansasMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAverage382307
University of North DakotaNorth DakotaBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage363266
University of ToledoOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage405285
University of Nevada-RenoNevadaMountain West ConferencePublicAverage289340
University of Nebraska at OmahaNebraskaThe Summit LeaguePublicAverage491364
North Dakota State UniversityNorth DakotaMissouri Valley Conference / T...PublicAverage261196
Cleveland State UniversityOhioHorizon LeaguePublicAverage440299
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleIllinoisOhio Valley ConferencePublicAverage438368
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNew YorkCity University of New York At...PublicAverage296394
Northern Illinois UniversityIllinoisMid American ConferencePublicAverage435289
University of WyomingWyomingMountain West ConferencePublicAboveAverage250152
Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisianaConference USAPublicAverage392213
Oakland UniversityMichiganHorizon LeaguePublicAverage417270
University of IdahoIdahoSun Belt Conference / Big Sky ...PublicAverage379216
University of MemphisTennesseeAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAverage359314
University of DaytonOhioPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage278138
University of California-RiversideCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAverage167212
San Diego State UniversityCaliforniaMountain West ConferencePublicAverage183218
New Mexico State UniversityNew MexicoSun Belt Conference / Western ...PublicBelowAverage486360
University of Massachusetts-LowellMassachusettsAmerica EastPublicAboveAverage247275
Rowan UniversityNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage306392
University of Hawaii at ManoaHawaiiMountain West Conference / Big...PublicAverage204245
South Dakota State UniversitySouth DakotaMissouri Valley Conference / T...PublicAverage354263
Tennessee Technological UniversityTennesseeOhio Valley ConferencePublicAverage374212
University of Minnesota-DuluthMinnesotaNorthern Sun Intercollegiate C...PublicAverage464346
University of LouisvilleKentuckyAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAverage258224
California State University-ChicoCaliforniaCalifornia Collegiate Athletic...PublicAverage392409
University of California-Santa CruzCaliforniaDivision III IndependentsPublicAverage157208
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicAverage451347
Mississippi State UniversityMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage197130
University of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...PublicAverage248245
Clemson UniversitySouth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAboveAverage9851
Marquette UniversityWisconsinBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage197121
Boise State UniversityIdahoMountain West ConferencePublicAverage389329
University of Akron Main CampusOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage331251
The University of Texas at El PasoTexasConference USAPublicBelowAverage499294
Kansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage249168
Auburn UniversityAlabamaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage13979
Oklahoma State UniversityOklahomaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage182124
Rutgers University-NewarkNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage371392
University of New OrleansLouisianaSouthland ConferencePublicAverage405309
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNorth CarolinaDivision I-AA Independents / C...PublicAverage292207
Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
West Virginia UniversityWest VirginiaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage320192
Washington State UniversityWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage189193
Oregon State UniversityOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage152202
The University of Texas at San AntonioTexasConference USAPublicAverage330180
Florida Atlantic UniversityFloridaConference USAPublicAverage305303
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

America East Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to America East

America East Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to America East
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Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
Big Sky Conference (Low)-Big Sky Conference-Conf-Average-245
State University of New York at New PaltzNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage341457
Conference USA (Low)-Conference USA-Conf-Average-272
Atlantic 10 Conference (Low)-Atlantic 10 Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-336
Big West Conference (Low)-Big West Conference-Conf-Average-385
Duquesne UniversityPennsylvaniaNortheast Conference / Atlanti...PrivateAboveAverage346374
Southwestern UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage342236
Empire Eight (Average)-Empire Eight-Conf-AboveAverage-460
Stetson UniversityFloridaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage344395
Centennial Conference (Low)-Centennial Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-415
Wofford CollegeSouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage340211
Cornell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage339327
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage345462
University of the SciencesPennsylvaniaCentral Atlantic Collegiate ConfPrivateAboveAverage338272
Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf (Average)-Minnesota Intercollegiate Ath Conf-Conf-AboveAverage-242