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

Clark University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Clark University is an American private university and liberal arts college in Worcester, Massachusetts. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest educational institution founded as an all-graduate university in the United States. Clark now also educates undergraduates. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Clark 75th nationally in both 2015 and 2014, 83rd in 2013, and 95th in 2012. The acceptance rate of the undergraduate class in 2014 was 54%. It is best known for being the birthplace of rocket propulsion.

Clark is one of 40 schools profiled in the book Colleges That Change Lives by Loren Pope. Those who attend Clark University are colloquially called "Clarkies".

History | Founding and early history

On January 17, 1887, successful American businessman Jonas Gilman Clark announced his intention to found and endow a university in the city of Worcester, filing a petition in the Massachusetts Legislature requesting a charter for Clark University. An Act of Incorporation was duly enacted by the legislature and signed by the governor on March 31 of that same year. Clark, who was a friend of Leland Stanford, was probably inspired by the plans for Stanford University and founded the University with an endowment of one million dollars, and later added another million dollars because he feared the university might someday face a lack of funds. Opening on October 2, 1889, Clark was the first all-graduate university in the United States, with departments in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and psychology.

G. Stanley Hall was appointed the first president of Clark University in 1888. He had been a professor of psychology and pedagogy at Johns Hopkins University, which had been founded just a few years prior and was quickly becoming a model of the modern research university. Hall spent seven months in Europe visiting other universities and recruiting faculty. He became the founder of the American Psychological Association and earned the first Ph.D. in psychology in the United States at Harvard. Clark has played a prominent role in the development of psychology as a distinguished discipline in the United States ever since. Franz Boas, founder of American cultural anthropology and adviser for the first Ph.D. in anthropology, taught at Clark from 1888 until 1892 when he resigned in a dispute with President Hall over academic freedom and joined the faculty of Columbia University. Albert A. Michelson, the first American to receive a Nobel Prize in Physics, best known for his involvement in the Michelson-Morley experiment, which measured the speed of light, was a professor from 1889 to 1892 before becoming head of the physics department at the University of Chicago.

Jonas G. Clark died in 1900, leaving gifts to the University and campus library, but reserving half of his estate for the foundation of an undergraduate college. This had been strongly opposed by President Hall in years past but Clark College opened in 1902, managed independently of Clark University. Clark College and Clark University had different presidents until Hall's retirement in 1920. Clark University began admitting women after Clark's death, and the first female Ph.D. in psychology was awarded in 1908. Early Ph.D. students in psychology were ethnically diverse, with several early graduates being Japanese. In 1920, Francis Sumner became the first African American to earn a Ph.D. in psychology.

Clark University, along with Stanford and Johns Hopkins, was one of the fourteen founding members of the Association of American Universities, an organization of universities with the most prestigious profiles in research and graduate education, and was one of only three New England universities, along with Harvard and Yale, to be a founding member. Clark withdrew its membership in 1999, citing a conflict with its mission.

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Clark University Details

Clark University Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Clark University?

1. number 201 for Academics.

2. number 224 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Clark University?

1. Union University

2. Trinity College

3. Denison University

4. Trinity University

5. Lewis & Clark College

6. Muhlenberg College

7. University of Puget Sound

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Clark University National Academic Rankings

Clark University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
New England Region866881999721558091
State of Massachusetts17151531185111917
Top Ten Top25020113917424924050147216224

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Clark University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Clark University

Clark University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Clark University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Trinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateGood215225
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
The College of WoosterOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood277317
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkSkyline ConferencePrivateGood141208
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
Baylor UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateGood134128
Miami University-OxfordOhioMid American ConferencePublicGood11867
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
John Brown UniversityArkansasSooner Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage489421
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Wheaton CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateExcellent149114
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
Gettysburg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent170148
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Barnard CollegeNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateExcellent104176
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Saint Anselm CollegeNew HampshireNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage443423
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAboveAverage298225
Colgate UniversityNew YorkPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent9283
Wagner CollegeNew YorkNortheast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage385412
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Simmons CollegeMassachusettsGreat Northeast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage376452
Berea CollegeKentuckyIndependent Southeast RegionPrivateAboveAverage497494

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Clark University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Clark University

Clark University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Clark University
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Elon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateGood200178
University of San DiegoCaliforniaPioneer Football League / West...PrivateGood203195
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNew MexicoNo Conference AffiliationPublicGood18093
Bentley UniversityMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateGood232199
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Skidmore CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateGood210220
New Saint Andrews CollegeIdahoNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage241238
University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235214
James Madison UniversityVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage196170
Marquette UniversityWisconsinBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage197121
University of Missouri-Kansas CityMissouriWestern Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage197155
University of CincinnatiOhioAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage202106
American Athletic Conference (Low)-American Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-162
Mountain West Conference (Average)-Mountain West Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-193
University of New HampshireNew HampshireColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage221225
Big Sky Conference (Average)-Big Sky Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-170
Mid - American Conference (Average)-Mid American Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-185
Mississippi State UniversityMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage197130
University of Hawaii at ManoaHawaiiMountain West Conference / Big...PublicAverage204245