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

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach

2016 University Academic Rankings

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach is a residential campus of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. The university offers bachelor's and master's degrees in aeronautical science (professional pilot), aerospace engineering and other aerospace fields.


Embry-Riddle began in 1925 as the Embry-Riddle Company, an aircraft dealer and airmail provider, founded by Talton Higbee Embry and John Paul Riddle in Cincinnati, Ohio. Embry-Riddle was eventually incorporated into what is now American Airlines, before reforming during the buildup to World War II in Miami, Florida as the Embry-Riddle School of Aviation, and later, the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Institute. Embry-Riddle moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1965 and was renamed Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 1970.


This 185 acre (748,671 m²) site has been the home to Embry-Riddle since 1965. Built adjacent to the Daytona Beach International Airport, the campus has easy access for flight training. The main campus consists of an aviation complex, academic quad and residence halls surrounding the student center and Jack R. Hunt Aviator Park. Athletic facilities are located across Clyde Morris Blvd., anchored by the ICI Center.

The university owns 140 acres (0.57 km2) directly south of the main campus that it plans to develop into a research park. An upper classman residence, the Chanute Complex, is approximately two miles south of the main campus.

Academic buildings

Engineering classes and facilities (such as the Thermojet solid model printer, 128-node Beowulf cluster and wind tunnels) are concentrated in the Lehman Engineering and Technology Center, built in 1995 to facilitate hands-on training in various engineering practices. The three-story facility also includes a number of classrooms and offices for departments within the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Engineering. The building was built in part with a $12.5 million congressional appropriation in 1994. The building is named for former Florida congressional representative Bill Lehman. There are well over 180 software titles available to faculty and students in two computer labs within the Lehman Building, including CATIA, Nastran, Pro/ENGINEER, and Matlab.

The Aviation Complex includes the College of Aviation building, the Advanced Flight Simulation Center, a new College of Maintenance, a new Fleet Maintenance Hangar, and a new Flight Operations building.

The College of Aviation building provides a conducive learning environment for those in the aeronautical sciences as well as the air traffic, meteorology, safety, homeland security and dispatch programs. Opened in 2002, the building houses FAA testing facilities, a flight tutoring lab, weather labs, a spatial disorientation simulator, air safety lab, TRACON and en route air traffic control simulators as well as a control tower simulator.

The Flight Operations building is the home to the flight department. It houses flight dispatch, safety, records, scheduling, chief pilot's, team leaders, ip offices, oral and debrief rooms, and a classroom. It stands out from the rest of the campus because of its tower that houses the flight supervisors office and an interior observation deck.

The Emil Buehler College of Maintenance building is a new 3 story building that houses many maintenance labs and is located in-between the flight operations building and the AMS hangar complex.

The Advanced Flight Simulation Center houses 14 simulators: eight level-six Cessna 172 NAV I ... [more on wikipedia]

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Embry Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach?

1. number 401 for Academics.

2. number 210 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona Beach?

1. Regis University

2. Nova Southeastern University

3. Wentworth Institute of Technology

4. University of New Orleans

5. The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

6. Florida Institute of Technology

7. University of Michigan-Dearborn

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Embry National Academic Rankings

Embry National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Stem High484137364232322137
South East Region78763668784847739
State of Florida111281214141313

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

Embry Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Embry

Embry Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Embry
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Wentworth Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAverage348352
University of New OrleansLouisianaSouthland ConferencePublicAverage405309
The Richard Stockton College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage350429
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University of Colorado DenverColoradoNo Conference AffiliationPublicAverage283217
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPublicAboveAverage229244
Wayne State UniversityMichiganGreat Lakes Intercollegiate At...PublicAverage414286
Portland State UniversityOregonBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage308408
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaCaliforniaCalifornia Collegiate Athletic...PublicAverage288356
The University of Texas at San AntonioTexasConference USAPublicAverage330180
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTexasSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage240157
Drury UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage295378
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Manhattan CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage460378
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University of North FloridaFloridaAtlantic Sun ConferencePublicAboveAverage219214
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Embry Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Embry

Embry Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Embry
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University of Illinois at SpringfieldIllinoisGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAverage403397
Nova Southeastern UniversityFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAverage488397
Centenary College of LouisianaLouisianaSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAverage-1-1
Regis UniversityColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage360303
State University of New York Ath Conf (Average)-State University of New York A...-Conf-Average-467
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAverage348352
Montana Tech of the University of MontanaMontanaFrontier ConferencePublicAboveAverage399203
Horizon League (Average)-Horizon League-Conf-Average-299
University of New OrleansLouisianaSouthland ConferencePublicAverage405309
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage398372
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-PrescottArizonaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage402205
Brandman UniversityCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAverage-1-1
Saint Martin's UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage-1-1
Biola UniversityCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage397467
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
Kettering UniversityMichiganNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage332139
University of ToledoOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage405285