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.
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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

Duquesne University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Duquesne University of the Holy Spirit (/djuːˈkeɪn/) is a private Catholic university in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States. Founded by members of the Congregation of the Holy Spirit, Duquesne first opened its doors as the Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost in October 1878 with an enrollment of 40 students and a faculty of six. In 1911, the college became the first Catholic university in Pennsylvania. It is the only Spiritan institution of higher education in the world.

Duquesne has since expanded to over 10,000 graduate and undergraduate students within a self-contained 49-acre (19.8 ha) hilltop campus in Pittsburgh's Bluff neighborhood. The school maintains an associate campus in Rome and encompasses ten schools of study. The university hosts international students from more than 80 countries although most students - about 80% - are from Pennsylvania or the surrounding region. Duquesne is considered a research university with high research activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. There are more than 79,000 living alumni of the university including two cardinals and the current bishop of Pittsburgh.

The Duquesne Dukes compete in NCAA Division I. Duquesne men's basketball appeared twice in national championship games in the 1950s and won the NIT championship in 1955.


The Pittsburgh Catholic College of the Holy Ghost was founded on October 1, 1878 by Fr. Joseph Strub and the Holy Ghost Fathers, who had been expelled from Germany during Otto von Bismarck's Kulturkampf six years earlier. When the college was founded, it had six faculty members and 40 students. The college obtained its state charter in 1882. Students attended classes in a rented space above a bakery on Wylie Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh. Duquesne established itself at its current location on the Bluff and built the original five-story red brick "Old Main" in 1885. At the time, it was the highest point on the Pittsburgh skyline.

On May 27, 1911, under the leadership of Fr. Martin Hehir, the College became the first Catholic institution of higher learning in Pennsylvania to become a university. It was subsequently renamed "Duquesne University of the Holy Ghost", after Ange Duquesne de Menneville, Marquis du Quesne, the French governor of New France who first brought Catholic observances to the Pittsburgh area. The year 1913 saw the university record its first woman graduate, Sister M. Fides of the Sisters of Mercy. In 1914, the graduate school was established.

The 1920s were a time of expansion for the developing university. The campus grew to include its first single-purpose academic building, Canevin Hall, as well as a gymnasium and a central heating plant. Institutionally, the school grew to include the School of Pharmacy in 1925, a School of Music in 1926, and a School of Education in 1929. In 1928 the university celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and was able to rejoice in the fact that it was now both financially solvent and enrollment had reached an all-time high. Hard times, however, came with the Wall Street Crash of 1929; plans for expansion had to be shelved.

The beloved Fr. Hehir was succeeded in 1931 by Fr. J. J. Callahan. Through Fr. Callahan was not as able an administration as Fr. Hehir, his tenure did see the university add numerous new programs, a short-lived School for the Unemployed, and, in 1937, the Nursing School. The university's sports programs also thrived during the Depression era, with some of the greatest triumphs of the basketball and football teams occurring in that time period-a 6-0 football defeat of Pitt in 1936 was a high point of student exuberance. A university library was completed in 1940.

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Duquesne University Details

Duquesne University Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Duquesne University?

1. number 346 for Academics.

2. number 374 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Duquesne University?

1. Seton Hall University

2. Loyola Marymount University

3. Saint Joseph's University

4. Hofstra University

5. Texas Christian University

6. Georgia College and State University

7. University of Denver

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Duquesne University National Academic Rankings

Duquesne University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Atlantic 10 Conference12812111288913
State of Pennsylvania1824321518884220

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Duquesne University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Duquesne University

Duquesne University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Duquesne University
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Seton Hall UniversityNew JerseyBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365390
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Hofstra UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage231298
Texas Christian UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateAboveAverage214181
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University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Quinnipiac UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage353433
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Xavier UniversityOhioBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage436336
Harding UniversityArkansasGreat American ConferencePrivateAboveAverage395316
Biola UniversityCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage397467
Loyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot LeaguePrivateAboveAverage249245
Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Providence CollegeRhode IslandBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage286350
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University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
University of Puerto Rico-Rio PiedrasPuerto RicoIndependent Southeast RegionPublicAboveAverage176232
Bowling Green State UniversityOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage442351
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew YorkCity University of New York At...PublicAboveAverage135182
Ball State UniversityIndianaMid American ConferencePublicAverage337326
University of OregonOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage174221
The University of AlabamaAlabamaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage175112
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Monmouth UniversityNew JerseyBig South Conference / Metro A...PrivateAverage478477
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Fordham UniversityNew YorkPatriot League / Atlantic 10 C...PrivateGood109167
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University of RedlandsCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage380460
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
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Samford UniversityAlabamaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage431272
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
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University of North Carolina at GreensboroNorth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePublicAverage449439
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
St John's University-New YorkNew YorkBig East ConferencePrivateAverage309444
John Brown UniversityArkansasSooner Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage489421
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Duquesne University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Duquesne University

Duquesne University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Duquesne University
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Wentworth Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAverage348352
Stetson UniversityFloridaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage344395
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage345462
Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
America East (Low)-America East-Conf-Average-364
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage350253
The Richard Stockton College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage350429
Southwestern UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage342236
Kent State University at KentOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage347358
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage350248
Mid - American Conference (Low)-Mid American Conference-Conf-Average-266