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

Brandman University

2016 University Academic Rankings

AffiliationsRegionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) and by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Nationally accredited by The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education

Brandman University is a private, non-profit regionally accredited institution that provides educational opportunities for working adults. There are over 25 campuses throughout California and Washington, and a virtual campus online. The university offers more than 50 degree, certificate, credential and professional programs in business, arts and sciences, health and education.

Brandman is a separate, fully accredited university within the Chapman University System. Gary Brahm is the appointed Chancellor of Brandman University. He previously spent 14 years as Executive Vice President and CFO at Chapman University.


In 1958, Brandman was established by Chapman University in Orange, California that was founded in 1861. Formerly named Chapman University College, Brandman's original purpose was delivering education to the former El Toro Marine Corps Air Station in Irvine, CA.

Brandman University is a separate accredited institution and has recently expanded to serve a larger and diverse student population, such as military and adult learners. Brandman offers more than 53 accredited undergraduate and graduate degrees, teaching credentials and extended education programs offered online and on campus.


Brandman is regionally accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL). Additionally, the School of Nursing and Health Professions follows the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) standards and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Teacher training programs offered through the School of Education are accredited by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) and The National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Rankings and awards | Military friendly

Brandman is a “Military-Friendly School" according to G.I. Jobs Magazine and and a Yellow Ribbon School. Brandman University offers reduced tuition rates for active military, their spouses and dependents. Brandman has campuses on military bases at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Naval Air Station Lemoore, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Travis Air Force Base, and the Navy Campus Education Center at the Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.


Brandman offers a curriculum model known as iDEAL (Instructional Design for Engaged Adult Learning). According to a study by the Lumina Foundation, iDEAL addresses both the flexibility and learning methodology preferred by adult learners. iDEAL combines traditional classroom instruction with e-learning activities.


The university offers degree programs through five schools: The Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions; School of Education; School of Business and Professional Studies; School of Arts and Sciences; and School of Extended Education.

School of Nursing & Health Professions

The Brandman University Marybelle and S. Paul Musco School of Nursing and Health Professions was established in 2009 and welcomed its first cohort of Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students in the Fall of 2010. The school is headed by Dean Renee P. McLeod PhD, APRN-BC, CPNP. McLeod was a pediatric nurse practitioner for over 30 years, past president of NAPNAP and former director of the Office of Transformational Technologies and Organizations and Director of Graduate Education ... [more on wikipedia]

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Brandman University Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Brandman University?

1. number -1 for Academics.

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

What universities are similar to Brandman University?

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Brandman University National Academic Rankings

Brandman University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Stem High515052525232325251
West Coast Region956696969628268999
State of California714283838320186574

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

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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

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