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

Harvey Mudd College

2016 University Academic Rankings

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Harvey Mudd College (HMC) is a private residential liberal arts college of science, engineering, and mathematics, founded in 1955 and located in Claremont, California, United States. It is one of the institutions of the contiguous Claremont Colleges, which share adjoining campus grounds. The college's mission is: "Harvey Mudd College seeks to educate engineers, scientists, and mathematicians well versed in all of these areas and in the humanities and the social sciences so that they may assume leadership in their fields with a clear understanding of the impact of their work on society."

Harvey Mudd College shares university resources such as libraries, dining halls, health services, and campus security, with the other institutions in the Claremont Colleges, including Pitzer College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Pomona College, Claremont Graduate University, and Keck Graduate Institute of Applied Life Sciences, but each college is independently managed by its own faculty, board of trustees, and college endowment and has its own separate admissions process. Students at Harvey Mudd are encouraged to take classes (acceptable for academic credit at Harvey Mudd) at the other four Claremont colleges, especially classes outside their major of study. Together the Claremont Colleges provide the resources and opportunities of a large university while enabling the specialization and personal attention afforded by the individual colleges. The Bachelor of Science diploma received at graduation is issued by Harvey Mudd College.

The college is named after Harvey Seeley Mudd, one of the initial investors in the Cyprus Mines Corporation. Although involved in the planning of the new institution, Mudd died before it opened. Harvey Mudd College was funded by Mudd's friends and family, and named in his honor.


In keeping with the college's mission, HMC offers four-year degrees in chemistry, mathematics, physics, computer science, biology, and engineering, as well as interdisciplinary degrees in mathematical biology, and a joint major in either computer science and mathematics; or biology and chemistry. Students may also elect to complete an Individual Program of Study (IPS) made up of courses of their own choosing. Usually between two and five students graduate with an IPS degree each year. Finally, one may choose an off-campus major offered by any of the other Claremont Colleges, provided one also completes a minor in one of the technical fields that Harvey Mudd offers as a major.

Because of its mission statement, Harvey Mudd College places a strong emphasis on general science education, requiring a full one-third of math, science, and engineering courses, known as the "common core", outside of one's major. Students are also required to take another one-third of their courses in the humanities, social sciences, and the arts, in keeping with the school's tradition of "science with a conscience". The final one-third of courses comprises those in the student's major. The integration of research and education is an important component of the educational experience at Harvey Mudd College; upon graduation, every student has experienced some kind of research, usually in the form of a senior thesis or a Clinic Program. The undergraduate focus of HMC means that, unlike many larger science and engin ... [more on wikipedia]

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Harvey Mudd College Details

Harvey Mudd College Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Harvey Mudd College?

1. number 49 for Academics.

2. number 19 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Harvey Mudd College?

1. California Institute of Technology

2. Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

3. Franklin W Olin College of Engineering

4. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

5. Carnegie Mellon University

6. Georgia Institute of Technology

7. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Harvey Mudd College National Academic Rankings

Harvey Mudd College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy358565307979616
Stem High1144117323285
Stem Low3410552298080916
West Coast Region732117282614
State of California732107201814
Top Ten Top250491267538153159919
Top Ten Stem High7441079925
Top Ten West Coast Region632878813
Top Ten State of California632877713

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Harvey Mudd College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Harvey Mudd College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
California Institute of TechnologyCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite15
Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and ArtNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent10969
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsNew England Football Conferenc...PrivateElite52
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvaniaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite219
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicElite61
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)

Harvey Mudd College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Harvey Mudd College

Harvey Mudd College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Harvey Mudd College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League-Conf-Elite-21
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
New York UniversityNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent35101
Boston CollegeMassachusettsAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4775
University Athletic Association (Low)-University Athletic Association-Conf-Excellent-32
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
Rensselaer Polytechnic InstituteNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent2734
Case Western Reserve UniversityOhioPresidents' Athletic Conferenc...PrivateExcellent2814
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
University of MiamiFloridaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4493
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMassachusettsUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent7340
SUNY at BinghamtonNew YorkAmerica EastPublicExcellent65125
George Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateExcellent51135
Lehigh UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent6932
Polytechnic Institute of New York UniversityNew YorkNo Reported AffiliationPrivateGood7672
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
Stevens Institute of TechnologyNew JerseyEmpire EightPrivateExcellent9943
University of California-San DiegoCaliforniaDivision II IndependentsPublicExcellent2670
The University of Texas at DallasTexasAmerican Southwest ConferencePublicGood7055
Colorado School of MinesColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicGood8424
University of FloridaFloridaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood4338
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043
The University of Texas at AustinTexasBig Twelve ConferencePublicGood3851
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPennsylvaniaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood5075
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicGood5566
University of California-Santa BarbaraCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicGood63122
North Carolina State University at RaleighNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAboveAverage5831
Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaBig Ten ConferencePublicAboveAverage5384