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

Emory University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Emory University is a private research university in metropolitan Atlanta, located in the Druid Hills section of unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The university was founded as Emory College in 1836 in Oxford, Georgia by the Methodist Episcopal Church and was named in honor of Methodist bishop John Emory. In 1915, the college relocated to metropolitan Atlanta and was rechartered as Emory University. The university is the second-oldest private institution of higher education in Georgia and among the fifty oldest private universities in the United States.

Emory University has nine academic divisions: Emory College of Arts and Sciences, Oxford College, Goizueta Business School, Laney Graduate School, School of Law, School of Medicine, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Rollins School of Public Health, and the Candler School of Theology. Emory University, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Peking University in Beijing, China jointly administer the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering. The university operates the Confucius Institute in Atlanta in partnership with Nanjing University. Emory has a growing faculty research partnership with the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Emory University students come from all 50 states, 6 territories of the United States, and over 100 foreign countries.

Emory Healthcare is the largest healthcare system in the state of Georgia and comprises seven major hospitals, including the internationally renowned Emory University Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. The university operates the Winship Cancer Institute, Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and many disease and vaccine research centers. Emory university is one of four institutions involved in the NIAID's Tuberculosis Research Units Program and is the leading coordinator of the U.S. Health Department's National Ebola Training and Education Center. The International Association of National Public Health Institutes is headquartered at the university and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Cancer Society are national affiliate institutions located adjacent to the campus. The university is partnered with the Carter Center.

Emory University is 18th among the list of colleges and universities in the United States by endowment, 21st among universities in the world by endowment, and 21st in U.S. News & World Report's 2016 National Universities Rankings. Emory University has a Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education status of R1: "highest research activity" and is cited for high scientific performance and citation impact in the CWTS Leiden Ranking. The National Science Foundation ranked the university 36th among academic institutions in the United States for research and development (R&D) expenditures. Emory University research is funded primarily by federal government agencies, namely the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In 1995 Emory University was elected to the Association of American Universities, an association of the 62 leading research universities in the United States & Canada.


Asa Griggs Candler, founder of The Coca-Cola Company, provided a land grant for Emory College to relocate to metropolitan Atlanta and be rechartered as Emory University. Based on large donations from the Candler, Woodruff, Goizueta, and Rollins families, Emory University is colloquially referred to as "Coca-Cola University."

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Emory University Details

Emory University Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Emory University?

1. number 36 for Academics.

2. number 29 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Emory University?

1. Washington University in St Louis

2. Vanderbilt University

3. Southern Methodist University

4. Yale University

5. College of William and Mary

6. University of Chicago

7. George Washington University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Emory University National Academic Rankings

Emory University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy294064304340203221
South East Region6595967198
State of Georgia222232152
Top Ten Top250364989385152256129
Top Ten South East Region657576765
Top Ten State of Georgia222232132

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Emory University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Emory University

Emory University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Emory University
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Washington University in St LouisMissouriUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite86
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Yale UniversityConnecticutIvy LeaguePrivateElite337
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
University of ChicagoIllinoisUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite1014
George Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateExcellent51135
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent12398
University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIvy LeaguePrivateElite127
Wake Forest UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent6650
University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3764
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Northwestern UniversityIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePrivateElite1113
The College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicGood164193
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
University of San DiegoCaliforniaPioneer Football League / West...PrivateGood203195
University of MiamiFloridaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4493
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite2334
Dartmouth CollegeNew HampshireIvy LeaguePrivateElite1921
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
University of ConnecticutConnecticutBig East ConferencePublicGood87139
University of California-Santa BarbaraCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicGood63122
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Colgate UniversityNew YorkPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent9283
Gettysburg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent170148
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
University of GeorgiaGeorgiaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood8265
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043
Tulane University of LouisianaLouisianaAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent61106
Stanford UniversityCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite917
Duke UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite133
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent2734
Case Western Reserve UniversityOhioPresidents' Athletic Conferenc...PrivateExcellent2814
Baylor UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateGood134128
Miami University-OxfordOhioMid American ConferencePublicGood11867
University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite2281

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Emory University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Emory University

Emory University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Emory University
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New York UniversityNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent35101
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Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3764
University of Maryland-College ParkMarylandBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3460
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Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
Pacific - 12 Conference (Average)-Pacific 12 Conference-Conf-Excellent-32
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWisconsinBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3325
Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
The University of Texas at AustinTexasBig Twelve ConferencePublicGood3851
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043