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

Centre College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Centre College is a private liberal arts college located in Danville, Kentucky, a community of approximately 16,000 in Boyle County, about 35 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky. Centre is an undergraduate four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 1,375 students. Centre was founded by Presbyterian leaders, with whom it maintains a loose affiliation, and officially chartered by the Kentucky General Assembly in 1819. The College is a member of the Associated Colleges of the South.


The Kentucky General Assembly established Centre College on January 21, 1819. The College was named for its proximate location in the geographic "centre" of the Commonwealth, using early nineteenth century America's contemporaneous spelling of the word. Auspiciously, the legislature placed many of Kentucky's most prominent citizens in charge of Centre College's Board of Trustees with Isaac Shelby, the Commonwealth's first governor, serving as chair. Classes began in the fall of 1820 in Old Centre, the first building on campus and the oldest college administration building west of the Allegheny Mountains.

In its early years, Centre navigated financial hardships, disputes within and outside the Presbyterian Church, and six wars (including the occupation of Old Centre by both Confederate and Union troops during the Civil War). A Centre alumnus, John Todd Stuart, played a formative role in American history by encouraging Abraham Lincoln to study for the bar, providing his first set of law books, and serving as Lincoln's professional and political mentor. From 1830 to 1857, President John C. Young oversaw a vast enlargement of the faculty and a five-fold increase in the student body. Following the Civil War, Centre affiliated itself with several other educational institutions. From 1894 until 1912, J. Proctor Knott, a former Kentucky Governor and U.S. Congressman, operated a law school at Centre as its dean. The Centre College Board of Trustees controlled the Kentucky School for the Deaf, also in Danville, during its early years; consolidated the College with the Central University in Richmond, Kentucky in 1901; and merged with Danville's Kentucky College for Women in 1926-although the women did not move onto Centre's campus until 1962.

In 1921, Centre upset Harvard University's undefeated football team 6-0, a feat which led The New York Times to later call it "Football's Upset of the Century". ESPN described Centre's victory as one of the biggest upsets in all sports during the twentieth century. "C6H0" remains a point of pride among students and alumni and is the answer to "What is the formula for a winning football team?" To this day, "C6HO" is inscribed in large white figures on the brick exterior of Centre's old post office.

During the 1960s the college's financial resources doubled. Eleven new buildings were added to the campus and enrollment increased from 450 to 800. In 1988, Centre set a national record when it achieved a 75.4% participation rate for alumni giving, a mark that remains unbroken to this day. From the latter twentieth century to the present, strong levels of alumni giving and participation-often the highest in the nation-fueled the College's growth. Today, enrollment hovers around 1,300 with nearly 150 faculty members. Dr. John A. Roush, who took office in 1998, is the college's 20th president. In 2000, Centre became the smallest college ever to host a national election debate. Dick Cheney and Senator Joe Lieberman debated on October 5 at Centre's Norton Center for the Arts with CNN's Bernard Shaw acting as moderator. In 2012, Centre again hosted a vice presidential debate in the Norton Center for the Arts, which featured Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan.

The physical campus has changed substantially during the past decade. In 2005, the College completed The College Centre, a ... [more on wikipedia]

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Centre College Details

Centre College Details
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overall ROI rank[198
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Centre College?

1. number 244 for Academics.

2. number 198 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Centre College?

1. Kalamazoo College

2. Beloit College

3. Sewanee-The University of the South

4. The College of Wooster

5. Hendrix College

6. Coe College

7. University of Dallas

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Centre College National Academic Rankings

Centre College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
South East Region541931867048473542
State of Kentucky3111064352
Top Ten Top250244136163246242153159116198
Top Ten State of Kentucky311763322

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Centre College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Centre College

Centre College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Centre College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Kalamazoo CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateGood285415
Beloit CollegeWisconsinMidwest ConferencePrivateGood250233
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
The College of WoosterOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood277317
Hendrix CollegeArkansasSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage294425
Coe CollegeIowaIowa Intercollegiate Athletic ConfPrivateAboveAverage375340
University of DallasTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage282175
Washington CollegeMarylandCentennial ConferencePrivateAboveAverage424482
Bryn Mawr CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent137205
Westmont CollegeCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage311400
Austin CollegeTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage291415
Southwestern UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage342236
Lake Forest CollegeIllinoisMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage481495
Berea CollegeKentuckyIndependent Southeast RegionPrivateAboveAverage497494
Simmons CollegeMassachusettsGreat Northeast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage376452
Birmingham Southern CollegeAlabamaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage376268
University of the SciencesPennsylvaniaCentral Atlantic Collegiate ConfPrivateAboveAverage338272
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Cornell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage339327
Wagner CollegeNew YorkNortheast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage385412
William Jewell CollegeMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage387344
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAboveAverage298225
Transylvania UniversityKentuckyHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateAboveAverage378417
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
Saint Anselm CollegeNew HampshireNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage443423
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Trinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateGood215225
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkSkyline ConferencePrivateGood141208
University of San DiegoCaliforniaPioneer Football League / West...PrivateGood203195
The College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicGood164193
Baylor UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateGood134128
Miami University-OxfordOhioMid American ConferencePublicGood11867
University of California-Santa BarbaraCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicGood63122
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
University of GeorgiaGeorgiaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood8265
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Mills CollegeCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage429486
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Centre College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Centre College

Centre College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Centre College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Beloit CollegeWisconsinMidwest ConferencePrivateGood250233
Babson CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood243150
North Coast Athletic Conference (Average)-North Coast Athletic Conference-Conf-Good-221
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
New Saint Andrews CollegeIdahoNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage241238
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginiaUSA South Athletic Conference ...PublicAboveAverage268320
Great Lakes Valley Conference (Average)-Great Lakes Valley Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-227
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
Southern Polytechnic State UniversityGeorgiaNo Conference AffiliationPublicAboveAverage267128
Big Twelve Conference (Low)-Big Twelve Conference-Conf-Average-178
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211
Missouri Valley Conference (Average)-Missouri Valley Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-202
University of Rhode IslandRhode IslandColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage270328
Grand Valley State UniversityMichiganGreat Lakes Intercollegiate At...PublicAverage247239
University of New MexicoNew MexicoMountain West ConferencePublicAverage265153
University of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...PublicAverage248245
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTexasSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage240157