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

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Big Ten Conference (B1G), formerly Western Conference and Big Nine Conference, is the oldest Division I collegiate athletic conference in the United States. The conference competes in the NCAA Division I; its football teams compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), formerly known as Division I, the highest level of NCAA competition in that sport. The conference includes the flagship public university in each of 11 states stretching from New Jersey to Nebraska, as well as two additional public land grant schools and a private university.

The Big Ten Conference established itself almost 120 years ago as the premiere collective of academic institutions in the country when, in 1895, Purdue University president James H. Smart and representatives from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Northwestern University, and University of Wisconsin gathered at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to set policies aimed at regulating intercollegiate athletics. In 1905, the conference was officially incorporated as the "Intercollegiate Conference Athletic Association". The conference uses the "B1G" character combination in its branding, noting that it "allows fans to see 'BIG' and '10' in a single word."

Big Ten member institutions are predominantly major flagship research universities that have large financial endowments and are well-regarded academically. Large student enrollment is also a hallmark of Big Ten universities, as 12 of the 14 members feature enrollments of 30,000 or more students. Northwestern University, one of just two full members with a total enrollment of fewer than 30,000 students (the other is the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), is the lone private university among Big Ten membership. Collectively, Big Ten universities educate more than 520,000 total students and have 5.7 million living alumni. Big Ten universities engage in $9.3 billion in funded research each year. Though the Big Ten existed for nearly a century as an assemblage of universities located primarily in the Midwest, the conference now has a geographic footprint which spans from the state of Nebraska in the west to the Atlantic Ocean in the east.

Big Ten universities-or, in two cases, their parent university systems-are also members of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), a leading academic consortium of Big Ten universities and the University of Chicago. In 2012, CIC members generated more than $10 billion in research expenditures. Eleven of the conference's 13 public universities are considered "Public Ivies", publicly funded universities considered comparable to the quality of education at an Ivy League institution. Despite the conference's name, the Big Ten has grown to fourteen members, with the following universities accepting invitations to join in the years shown: Pennsylvania State University in 1990, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2011, the University of Maryland and Rutgers University in 2014. Johns Hopkins University was invited in 2012 to join the Big Ten as an associate member participating in men's lacrosse only. In 2015, it was also accepted as an associate member in women's lacrosse. In 2017, Notre Dame will be leaving the Hockey East Conference to join Big Ten Ice Hockey .

Member schools | Members | Associate member

^ On July 1, 2014, Johns Hopkins University joined the conference as an associate member in men's lacrosse. On July 1, 2016, the school will also become an associate member in women's lacrosse.

Future associate member | Former member | Membership timeline | Sports | Men's sponsored sports by school

* Notre Dame joined the Big Ten in 2016-2017 school year as an affiliate member in men's ice hockey. It continues to field its other sports in the ACC except in football where it will continue ... [more on wikipedia]

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College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Details

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for College Conference of Illinois and Wisc (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 386 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to College Conference of Illinois and Wisc (Average)?

1. Wagner College

2. Cedarville University

3. Gordon College

4. Concordia College at Moorhead

5. University of Puget Sound

6. Point Loma Nazarene University

7. Stonehill College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc National Academic Rankings

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc 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)

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Peer Universities, Similar Universities to College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Peer Universities, Similar Universities to College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
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Wagner CollegeNew YorkNortheast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage385412
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
North Central CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAverage455382
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Pacific Lutheran UniversityWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAverage439431
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
Alfred UniversityNew YorkEmpire EightPrivateAverage471475
University of Minnesota-MorrisMinnesotaUpper Midwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage321161
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAboveAverage298225
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityNebraskaGreat Plains Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage481440
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Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
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Ursinus CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateAboveAverage327378
Wofford CollegeSouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage340211
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
University of Mary WashingtonVirginiaCapital Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage424386
Truman State UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage208189
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Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Augsburg CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAverage437376
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkSkyline ConferencePrivateGood141208
Maryville University of Saint LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAverage424426
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to College Conference of Illinois and Wisc

College Conference of Illinois and Wisc Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to College Conference of Illinois and Wisc
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Landmark Conference (Low)-Landmark Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-481
Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf (Low)-Southern California Intercoll ...-Conf-AboveAverage-427
John Carroll UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage449276
Sunshine State Conference (Average)-Sunshine State Conference-Conf-Average-426
High Point UniversityNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePrivateAverage448438
Landmark Conference (Average)-Landmark Conference-Conf-AboveAverage--1
Old Dominion Athletic Conference (Average)-Old Dominion Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-485
Judson CollegeAlabamaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage451481
Capital Athletic Conference (Average)-Capital Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-481
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Average)-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-458
Presidents' Athletic Conference (Average)-Presidents' Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicAverage451347
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNorth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePublicAverage449439
Western Athletic Conference (Average)-Western Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1
Eastern Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American ConferencePublicAverage445385
Western Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American ConferencePublicBelowAverage446320
Montclair State UniversityNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicBelowAverage447463
California State University-SacramentoCaliforniaBig Sky ConferencePublicBelowAverage453472