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

Arizona State University-Polytechnic

2016 University Academic Rankings

Arizona State University Polytechnic campus is one of four campuses of Arizona State University. Founded originally as ASU East, the campus opened in fall 1996 on the former Williams Air Force Base in southeast Mesa, Arizona.


The campus opened with nearly 1,000 students enrolled in one of the eight degrees offered. The campus started with two schools - the School of Technology and the School of Management and Agribusiness. East College was added in 1997 as an incubator for new professional programs.

Today more than 8,000 students are enrolled in 40 degree programs based on the campus. ASU shares around 600 acres (2.4 km2) at Power and Williams Field roads with Chandler-Gilbert Community College, Mesa Community College, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, a United States Air Force research laboratory, a Veteran's Administration Clinic(Moved, now ASU Preparatory academy for PK-8), ASU Preparatory Academy High School, and the Silvestre Herrera Army Reserve Center. These entities make up what is known as the Williams Campus.

As the needs of the university and community evolve, so too does the campus. In July 2005, the campus changed its name from ASU East to ASU's Polytechnic campus to better reflect the mission of the programs at the campus. Programs such as the new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Science in Engineering continue to be developed, offering students even more practical degree choices.

In the Fall 2008 semester a major expansion project at the campus was completed and open to students in the form of the new Polytechnic Academic Complex. It is located in the heart of campus and combines new student housing with classrooms and administrative offices in an open air building environment. The three new buildings cost a combined $103 million and cover 240,000 square feet (22,000 m2). It was built by main contractor DPR and designed by RSP Architects (Architect-of-Record) in collaboration with San Antonio-based Lake|Flato (Design Architect) and is a LEED v2.2 Gold certified project.


In 1996, as one of the founding schools on the Polytechnic campus houses internationally respected faculty in the College develops competence in disciplines critical to today's technology-based economy. The faculty is widely published and highly regarded both in academia and the private sector. The College has an array of nearly 40 well-equipped facilities, centers and laboratories for student work and faculty research. Facilities such as the Altitude Chamber, Flight Simulator Labs, Digital Printing Lab, Photovoltaics Testing Lab, Microelectronics Teaching Factory and Haas Technical Center, students are engaged in real-world projects using cutting-edge technology.

The School was officially named in 1998 in honor of ASU Alums Marvin and June Morrison for their gift of a large acre of farmland to the school and their ongoing support of Arizona State University. Degree programs, from Agribusiness and Business Administration to Real Estate, feature award-winning, internationally recognized faculty.

The School of Letters and Sciences (SLS) offers programs on the Polytechnic campus from its headquarters on the Downtown Phoenix campus. SLS offers a liberal arts core curriculum and a university-wide bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies. Instruction ranges from humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.

The Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, offers programs leading to the B.A., M.Ed., and Ed.D. in many fields, such as early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, special education, and educational administration/supervision. Headquartered on ASU's West campus, the Teachers College administers education programs on all four ASU campuses.

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Arizona State University Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Arizona State University-Polytechnic?

1. number -1 for Academics.

2. number -1 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Arizona State University-Polytechnic?

1. Arizona State University-West

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Arizona State University National Academic Rankings

Arizona State University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Pacific - 12 Conference14121015141213811
South West Region413132515033333738
State of Arizona644654455
Top Ten State of Arizona644654455

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Arizona State University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Arizona State University

Arizona State University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Arizona State University
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Arizona State University-WestArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage-1-1

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Arizona State University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Arizona State University

Arizona State University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Arizona State University
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Arizona State University-WestArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage-1-1
Arizona State University-Downtown PhoenixArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage357234
University of LouisvilleKentuckyAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAverage258224
Kansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage249168
West Virginia UniversityWest VirginiaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage320192