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

Barnard College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Barnard College is a private women's liberal arts college in the United States and one of the Seven Sisters. Founded in 1889, it has been affiliated with Columbia University since 1900. Barnard's 4-acre (1.6 ha) campus stretches along Broadway between 116th and 120th Streets in the Morningside Heights neighborhood in the borough of Manhattan, in New York City. It is directly across Broadway from Columbia's campus and near several other academic institutions and has been used by Barnard since 1898.


Columbia College, Columbia University admitted only men for undergraduate study for 229 years. Barnard College was founded to provide an undergraduate education for women comparable to that of Columbia and other Ivy League schools. The college was named after Frederick Augustus Porter Barnard, a Deaf American educator and mathematician, who served as the tenth president of Columbia from 1864 to 1889. Barnard was adept with American Sign Language. He advocated equal educational privileges for men and women, preferably in a coeducational setting, and began proposing in 1879 that Columbia admit women.

The board of trustees repeatedly rejected Barnard's suggestion, but in 1883 agreed to create a detailed syllabus of study for women. While they could not attend Columbia classes, those who passed examinations based on the syllabus would receive a degree. The first such woman graduate received her bachelor's degree in 1887. A former student of the program, Annie Nathan Meyer, and other prominent New York women persuaded the board in 1889 to create a women's college connected to Columbia.

Barnard College's original 1889 home was a rented brownstone at 343 Madison Avenue, where a faculty of six offered instruction to 14 students in the School of Arts, as well as to 22 "specials", who lacked the entrance requirements in Greek and so enrolled in science. When Columbia University announced in 1892 its impending move to Morningside Heights, Barnard built a new campus on 119th-120th Streets with gifts from Mary E. Brinckerhoff, Elizabeth Milbank Anderson and Martha T. Fiske. Milbank, Brinckerhoff, and Fiske Halls, built in 1897-1898, were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Ella Weed supervised the college in its first four years; Emily James Smith succeeded her as Barnard's first dean. As the college grew it needed additional space, and in 1903 it received the three blocks south of 119th Street from Anderson who had purchased a former portion of the Bloomingdale Asylum site from the New York Hospital. By the mid-20th century Barnard had succeeded in its original goal of providing an elite education to women. Between 1920 and 1974, only the much larger Hunter College and University of California, Berkeley produced more women graduates who later received doctorate degrees.

Students' Hall, now known as Barnard Hall, was built in 1916. Brooks and Hewitt Halls were built in 1906-1907 and 1926-1927, respectively. They were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.

Relationship with Columbia University

The Barnard Bulletin in 1976 described the relationship between the college and Columbia University as "intricate and ambiguous". Barnard president Debora Spar said in 2012 that "the relationship is admittedly a complicated one, a unique one and one that may take a few sentences to explain to the outside community".

The college's front gates state Barnard College of Columbia University. Barnard describes itself as "both an independently incorporated educational institution and an official college of Columbia University", and advises students to state "Barnard College, Columbia University" or "Barnard College of Columbia University" on résumés. Columbia describes Barnard as an affiliated ins ... [more on wikipedia]

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Barnard College Details

Barnard College Details
detail value
stateNew York
conferenceIvy League
overall ROI rank[176
scores validTrue
Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Barnard College?

1. number 104 for Academics.

2. number 176 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Barnard College?

1. Wheaton College

2. Dickinson College

3. Colgate University

4. Oberlin College

5. Macalester College

6. Occidental College

7. University of Richmond

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Barnard College National Academic Rankings

Barnard College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Ivy League998999998
New England Region513235665860608771
State of New York1288181523213620
Top Ten Top2501045567147139153159223176
Top Ten Ivy League998999998

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Barnard College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Barnard College

Barnard College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Barnard College
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Wheaton CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateExcellent149114
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Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Middlebury CollegeVermontNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite90135
Skidmore CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateGood210220
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Wellesley CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateElite78158
Trinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateGood215225
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Wesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite73137
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Washington and Lee UniversityVirginiaOld Dominion Athletic ConferencePrivateElite11746
Amherst CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite86158
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Wake Forest UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent6650
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent12398
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
Tulane University of LouisianaLouisianaAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent61106
Boston CollegeMassachusettsAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4775
George Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateExcellent51135
Vassar CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateElite82177
Centre CollegeKentuckySouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244198
Claremont McKenna CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite95118
University of San DiegoCaliforniaPioneer Football League / West...PrivateGood203195
Elon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateGood200178
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Barnard College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Barnard College

Barnard College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Barnard College
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Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent10969
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New England Small College Ath Conf (Low)-New England Small College Ath Conf-Conf-Excellent-165
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Haverford CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite97182
Reed CollegeOregonNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent106144
Southern Methodist UniversityTexasAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8073
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNew JerseyEmpire EightPrivateExcellent9943
Middlebury CollegeVermontNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite90135
Villanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent9968
Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association (Average)-Upstate Collegiate Athletic As...-Conf-Excellent-130
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
Missouri University of Science and TechnologyMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicGood10532
Miami University-OxfordOhioMid American ConferencePublicGood11867
Atlantic 10 Conference (Average)-Atlantic 10 Conference-Conf-Good-158
University of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMarylandAmerica EastPublicAboveAverage130174
American Athletic Conference (Average)-American Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-98
University of Central FloridaFloridaAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage103141
The University of Tennessee-KnoxvilleTennesseeSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage116188
Indiana University-BloomingtonIndianaBig Ten ConferencePublicAboveAverage10292
University of DelawareDelawareColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage107138
University of Missouri-ColumbiaMissouriSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage12198
University of Nebraska-LincolnNebraskaBig Ten ConferencePublicAboveAverage11998
Arizona State University-TempeArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage10182
University of California-IrvineCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAboveAverage108162