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

Atlantic Sun Conference (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Atlantic Sun Conference (ASUN) is a collegiate athletic conference operating mostly in the Southeastern United States. The league participates at the NCAA Division I level, and does not sponsor football. Originally established as the Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) in 1978, its headquarters are located in Macon, Georgia.

The most recent change in the ASUN membership came in 2015-16, when Northern Kentucky University (transitioning from NCAA Division II sports to Division I) left the conference to join the Horizon League and was replaced by the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), previously the only Division I basketball independent. Northern Kentucky had replaced Belmont University, which moved to the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC); this maintained the membership roster at 10 schools. The 2014 departure of East Tennessee State University and Mercer University to the Southern Conference left the ASUN with its current membership number of eight.

Membership history | Current members | Associate members | Future associate members | Former members

School names and nicknames listed here reflect those used during the schools' time in the TAAC/ASUN. One school has changed both its name and nickname, and three others have changed only their nicknames:

^ Pan American adopted its final name of the University of Texas-Pan American in 1989. In 2015, it merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville to form the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).

^ UTRGV inherited UTPA's athletic program, with the nickname being changed from Broncs to Vaqueros. UTRGV also inherited UTPA's membership in the Western Athletic Conference.

^ a b Northeast Louisiana adopted its current name of the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1999. The school adopted its current nickname of Warhawks in 2006, when it joined the Sun Belt Conference.

^ The CAA began an FCS-level football league in 2007, but Georgia State did not sponsor the sport until 2010. It began a transition from FCS to FBS in 2013, and joined the FBS Sun Belt Conference in 2014.

^ Although the Southland Conference competes in football at the Division I FCS level, UTSA did not sponsor the sport until 2011. It never competed in the Southland Conference in football; it started a two-year transition to FBS in 2011, joined the WAC in 2012, and joined Conference USA (C-USA) in 2013.

^ Campbell is a full member of the Big South, but does not participate in the Big South's football conference. The school operates a non-scholarship FCS program in the Pioneer Football League.

^ ETSU, which had left the SoCon to join the ASUN in 2005 after dropping football in 2003. The Buccaneers returned to the SoCon as part of relaunching the dormant football program in 2014; football began play in 2015 as an FCS independent, with SoCon football membership following in 2016.

^ Mercer joined the SoCon after the football program, which last played a game in 1941, signed its first players in 2012, with full play beginning in 2013.

Membership timeline

Pan American, later known as Texas-Pan American or UTPA, merged with the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2015 to create the new University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV). The new school inherited UTPA's athletic program.

Sports sponsored

In 2008, the ASUN, in an agreement with the Southern Conference (SoCon), Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), and Big South Conference, formed the Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association (CCSA) for schools sponsoring men's and women's swimming and diving within the associated conferences. For the past several years, the ASUN's Commissioner has served as the president of what was initially a swimming & diving-only conference. In 2014 the CCSA expanded to include several other ... [more on wikipedia]

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Atlantic Sun Conference Details

Atlantic Sun Conference Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Atlantic Sun Conference (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 440 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Atlantic Sun Conference (Average)?

1. The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga

2. South Dakota State University

3. University of Louisiana at Monroe

4. SUNY College at Brockport

5. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

6. University of Colorado Colorado Springs

7. University of Northern Iowa

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Atlantic Sun Conference National Academic Rankings

Atlantic Sun Conference 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)

Atlantic Sun Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Atlantic Sun Conference

Atlantic Sun Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Atlantic Sun Conference
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The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTennesseeSouthern ConferencePublicAverage434464
South Dakota State UniversitySouth DakotaMissouri Valley Conference / T...PublicAverage354263
University of Louisiana at MonroeLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage485352
SUNY College at BrockportNew YorkEmpire Eight / State Universit...PublicAverage473487
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage302258
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicAverage451347
University of Northern IowaIowaMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage252248
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage350253
College of CharlestonSouth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage219233
University of Wisconsin-Stevens PointWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage466414
University of VermontVermontAmerica EastPublicAboveAverage136191
Pace University-New YorkNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAverage476465
University of North DakotaNorth DakotaBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage363266
The University of MontanaMontanaBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage372232
University of Nebraska at OmahaNebraskaThe Summit LeaguePublicAverage491364
University of New HampshireNew HampshireColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage221225
Rutgers University-NewarkNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage371392
SUNY at AlbanyNew YorkColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage188218
University of North Carolina WilmingtonNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage221228
University of Rhode IslandRhode IslandColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage270328
Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
Bowling Green State UniversityOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage442351
State University of New York at New PaltzNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage341457
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage350248
California State University-ChicoCaliforniaCalifornia Collegiate Athletic...PublicAverage392409
University of California-Santa CruzCaliforniaDivision III IndependentsPublicAverage157208
Monmouth UniversityNew JerseyBig South Conference / Metro A...PrivateAverage478477
Kennesaw State UniversityGeorgiaAtlantic Sun ConferencePublicAverage290291
Valparaiso UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Hori...PrivateAverage407281
Canisius CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage467484
Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
Loyola University ChicagoIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage228206
University of DaytonOhioPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage278138
Marquette UniversityWisconsinBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage197121
Salisbury UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...PublicAboveAverage243358
University of Puerto Rico-Rio PiedrasPuerto RicoIndependent Southeast RegionPublicAboveAverage176232
Saint Louis UniversityMissouriAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage169165
SUNY College at OswegoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage361450
University of San FranciscoCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage226241
Western Washington UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage297338
CUNY Queens CollegeNew YorkEast Coast ConferencePublicAverage307400
University of LouisvilleKentuckyAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAverage258224
SUNY OneontaNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAverage365466
Ramapo College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage369437
Sam Houston State UniversityTexasSouthland ConferencePublicAverage472383
University of Nevada-RenoNevadaMountain West ConferencePublicAverage289340
Oakland UniversityMichiganHorizon LeaguePublicAverage417270
University of MemphisTennesseeAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAverage359314
Georgia Southern UniversityGeorgiaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage254236
Illinois State UniversityIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAverage279222

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Atlantic Sun Conference

Atlantic Sun Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Atlantic Sun Conference
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Alfred UniversityNew YorkEmpire EightPrivateAverage471475
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf (Average)-Great Lakes Intercollegiate At...-Conf-Average-382
SUNY College at BrockportNew YorkEmpire Eight / State Universit...PublicAverage473487
Division III Independents (Average)-Division III Independents-Conf-Average-472
Mid - American Conference (Low)-Mid American Conference-Conf-Average-266
Big South Conference (Average)-Big South Conference-Conf-Average-392
New Jersey Athletic Conference (Average)-New Jersey Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-436
The Summit League (Average)-The Summit League-Conf-Average-372
Canisius CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage467484
Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
Warren Wilson CollegeNorth CarolinaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage470492
Sam Houston State UniversityTexasSouthland ConferencePublicAverage472383
Northeast 10 Conference (Average)-Northeast 10 Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-427
Champlain CollegeVermontNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage475497
Benedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...PrivateAboveAverage473490
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Southern Athletic Association (Average)-Southern Athletic Association-Conf-AboveAverage-408
Northwest Conference (Average)-Northwest Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-440