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.
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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

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

2016 University Academic Rankings

Olin College of Engineering (also known as Olin College or simply Olin) is a private undergraduate engineering college in Needham, Massachusetts, adjacent to Babson College. Olin College is noted in the engineering community for its youth, small size, project-based curriculum, and large endowment funded primarily by the F. W. Olin Foundation. The college covers half of each admitted student's tuition through the Olin Scholarship.


Olin College was founded by the F. W. Olin Foundation in 1997. The trustees were concerned about perpetuating Franklin W. Olin's donor intent indefinitely, so the foundation's president, Lawrence W. Milas, proposed creating a college. “We always had a bias toward supporting science and engineering schools because Mr. Olin was an engineer," Milas said. “I was concerned with whether or not this would be consistent with what Mr. Olin had ever considered. I went back and read minutes of board meetings. And sure enough, in the late 1940s, at two or three board meetings shortly before his death, he expressed the idea of starting a new institution."

By 2005, the foundation had donated most of its financial resources to the college, providing Olin with an endowment of about $460 million. Richard Miller was inaugurated as the college's first president on May 3, 2003. Miller was also the first employee of Olin College, and had been working as its president for several years before he was officially inaugurated.

In a program known as Invention 2000, Olin College hired its first faculty members and invited 30 students, known as Olin Partners, to help it form a curriculum. The students lived in temporary housing and spent their first year after high school investigating assessment and grading methods, jump-starting the student culture, and experimenting with forms of engineering education.

Olin admitted its first full class of 75 students in 2002. This class included the Olin Partners, a group of deferred students known as the Virtual Olin Partners, and recent high school graduates. After admitting three more classes, the college reached its full size of approximately 300 students in fall 2005. It currently has an average of 350 students each year.

Olin's campus was designed by the architecture firm Perry Dean Rogers in the postmodern style. The first phase, comprising four buildings, was completed in 2002. The construction of a second dormitory, East Hall, was finished in fall 2005. Future plans include an academic building that would contain additional machine shops and project space. Olin shares many campus services, including health, public safety, and athletic facilities, with Babson College.

The Olin experiment

Much of Olin College's curriculum is built around hands-on engineering and design projects. This project-based teaching begins in a student's first year and culminates in two senior "capstone" projects. In the engineering capstone, student teams are hired by corporations, non-profit organizations, or entrepreneurial ventures for real-world engineering projects. In the arts, humanities, and social sciences capstone or the entrepreneurship capstone, students work on self-designed projects.

All accepted students receive the Olin Scholarship, which pays for half of tuition and covers cross-registration with Babson College, Wellesley College, and Brandeis University. Olin also shares clubs and intramural sports with the aforementioned colleges. In addition to the Olin Scholarship, the college provides need-based grants. It used to provide full-tuition scholarships, but in 2009, responding to a significant decline in the college's endowment caused by the Great Recession, the trustees decided to reduce the scholarships to half-tuition starting with the class of 2015.< ... [more on wikipedia]

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Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Details

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Franklin W Olin College of Engineering?

1. number 48 for Academics.

2. number 53 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Franklin W Olin College of Engineering?

1. Harvey Mudd College

2. California Institute of Technology

3. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

4. Carnegie Mellon University

5. Georgia Institute of Technology

6. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

7. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering National Academic Rankings

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy3466573679795032
Stem High9359832323018
Stem Low3286463280806245
New England Region2063301960602415
State of Massachusetts53276121264
Top Ten Top25048107654415315910053
Top Ten Stem High735989999
Top Ten State of Massachusetts532769954

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Franklin W Olin College of Engineering
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Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
California Institute of TechnologyCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite15
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsNew England Football Conferenc...PrivateElite52
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvaniaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite219
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicElite61
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent10969
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyIndianaHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateExcellent15960
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNew JerseyEmpire EightPrivateExcellent9943
United States Air Force AcademyColoradoMountain West ConferencePublicExcellent9130
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMassachusettsUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent7340
United States Naval AcademyMarylandDivision I Independents / Patr...PublicExcellent12648
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent2734
University of California-BerkeleyCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePublicExcellent1826

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Franklin W Olin College of Engineering Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

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Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
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Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League-Conf-Elite-21
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University Athletic Association (Low)-University Athletic Association-Conf-Excellent-32
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Lehigh UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent6932
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
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University of FloridaFloridaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood4338
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The University of Texas at AustinTexasBig Twelve ConferencePublicGood3851
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