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

Gettysburg College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Gettysburg College is a private, four-year liberal arts college founded in 1832, in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, United States, adjacent to the famous battlefield. The 225-acre (91 ha) campus is located at 300 North Washington Street in the Northwest corner of the town.

Known as the Bullets, the school hosts 24 NCAA Division III men's and women's teams, with a large number of club, intramural, and recreational programs.

In 2012, U.S. News & World Report ranked it 46th among Best Liberal Arts Colleges. In 2015, the Princeton Review ranked Gettysburg College as the 11th in its list of the Best Schools for Internships, only 1 out of 4 liberal arts schools in the top 25. It's also consistently rated as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States, due to its close proximity to the Gettysburg Battlefield National Park.

History | Founding and early roots

Gettysburg College was founded in 1832, as a sister institution for the Lutheran Theological Seminary. Both owe their inception to Thaddeus Stevens, a Radical Republican and abolitionist from Gettysburg. The college's original name was Pennsylvania College; it was founded by Samuel Simon Schmucker. In 1839, seven years after Gettysburg College was first founded, Drs. George McClellan (founder of Jefferson Medical College), Samuel George Morton, and others, founded a medical school, Pennsylvania Medical College, which was located in Philadelphia. The school had money troubles within four years, forcing all founding members to leave their posts. After a failed agreement to combine with the Philadelphia College of Medicine in 1858 (closed in 1859, with the faculty begin rolled into Pennsylvania Medical College), the college was forced to close the medical school in 1861. Students from the seceding southern states had withdrawn to return home, leaving it without adequate revenue.

Battle of Gettysburg

In June 1863, southern Pennsylvania was invaded by Confederate forces during the Gettysburg Campaign. Many local militia forces were formed around the area between Chambersburg and Philadelphia to face the oncoming foe.

Among these units was Gettysburg's 26th Pennsylvania Emergency Militia Regiment (PEMR). Composed mostly of students from the College and Seminary, the 26th PEMR was mustered into service on June 22, 1863. Four days later, the students saw combat just north of town, skirmishing with advanced units of Confederate division commander Jubal A. Early. Casualties were light on both sides, but about 100 of the militiamen were captured and paroled.

During the Battle of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Hall, or Old Dorm, was used as both a signal corps station and field hospital. Due to the geographic position it held, it was used by both Confederate and Union troops during the battle for signal work and surgery.

On November 19, 1863, College President Henry Louis Baugher gave the benediction at the ceremony opening the National Soldiers' Cemetery at Gettysburg; speaking after Abraham Lincoln. Classes were canceled at the college as students and faculty to hear the now famous Address, establishing the now annual tradition of the "First Year Walk." Henry Baugher was the president of Gettysburg College from 1850 until his death in 1868.

Relationship with the Eisenhowers

Early in his military career, Dwight D. Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, lived in a house in Gettysburg that was across the street from the college (the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity House until 1955 on N. Washington Street). Both were fond of the town, so they decided to retire to a working farm adjacent to the battlefield after he left the army. It was there that President Eisenhower recuperated from his 1955 heart attack.

While living in Gettysburg, Eisenhower became involved with Gettysburg College. He served on the G ... [more on wikipedia]

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Gettysburg College Details

Gettysburg College Details
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overall ROI rank[148
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Gettysburg College?

1. number 170 for Academics.

2. number 148 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Gettysburg College?

1. Dickinson College

2. Union College

3. Lewis & Clark College

4. Colgate University

5. Macalester College

6. Colorado College

7. Occidental College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Gettysburg College National Academic Rankings

Gettysburg College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
New England Region765258847860602955
State of Pennsylvania129101314121089
Top Ten Top25017094118207195153159110148

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Gettysburg College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Gettysburg College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
Union CollegeKentuckyMid - South Conference / Appal...PrivateBelowAverage162178
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Colgate UniversityNew YorkPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent9283
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Grinnell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateExcellent114123
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
Middlebury CollegeVermontNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite90135
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Wellesley CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateElite78158
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
The College of WoosterOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood277317
Wesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite73137
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Washington and Lee UniversityVirginiaOld Dominion Athletic ConferencePrivateElite11746
Amherst CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite86158
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Reed CollegeOregonNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent106144
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent12398
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
Southern Methodist UniversityTexasAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8073
Villanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent9968
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3764
Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkSkyline ConferencePrivateGood141208
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
Bowdoin CollegeMaineNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite64162
Swarthmore CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite6748
Dartmouth CollegeNew HampshireIvy LeaguePrivateElite1921
Centre CollegeKentuckySouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244198
Bryn Mawr CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent137205
Beloit CollegeWisconsinMidwest ConferencePrivateGood250233
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite2334

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Gettysburg College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Gettysburg College

Gettysburg College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Gettysburg College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Lafayette CollegePennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent165106
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
University of San DiegoCaliforniaPioneer Football League / West...PrivateGood203195
Chapman UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateGood208242
Milwaukee School of EngineeringWisconsinNorthern Athletics Collegiate ...PrivateGood184102
Elon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateGood200178
Saint Louis UniversityMissouriAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage169165
America East (Average)-America East-Conf-AboveAverage-202
Syracuse UniversityNew YorkAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage172216
Marquette UniversityWisconsinBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage197121
University of Alabama in HuntsvilleAlabamaGulf South ConferencePublicAboveAverage181103
University of ArkansasArkansasSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage171119
Conference USA (Average)-Conference USA-Conf-AboveAverage-148
Temple UniversityPennsylvaniaAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage168199
University of KansasKansasBig Twelve ConferencePublicAboveAverage172130
Oklahoma State UniversityOklahomaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage182124
University of OregonOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage174221
University of California-RiversideCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAverage167212
Brigham Young University-IdahoIdahoNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAverage312164
Liberty UniversityVirginiaBig South ConferencePrivateAverage230248