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

Hofstra University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Hofstra University is a private, non-profit, nonsectarian institution of higher learning. Its main campus is located in the village of Hempstead, New York, United States, approximately 7 miles (11 km) east of New York City. It originated in 1935 as an extension of New York University (NYU) called "Nassau College - Hofstra Memorial of New York University at Hempstead, Long Island"; in 1939, the institution separated from NYU and gained independence as Hofstra College, and in 1963, Hofstra College gained university status. Comprising ten schools, including a School of Medicine and a School of Law, Hofstra is noted for a series of prominent Presidential conferences, as well as being selected to host United States Presidential Debates in 2008 and 2012.


The college-established as an extension of New York University (NYU) - was founded on the estate of a recently deceased wealthy couple, a lumber entrepreneur of Dutch ancestry, William S. Hofstra (1861-1932) and his second wife, Kate Mason (1854-1933). The extension had been proposed by a Hempstead resident, Truesdel Peck Calkins, who had been superintendent of schools for Hempstead. In her will, Kate Mason provided the bulk of their property and estate to be used for a charitable, scientific or humanitarian purpose, to be named in honor of her husband. Two friends, Howard Brower and James Barnard, were asked to decide what to do with the estate. Another Hempstead resident, Truesdel Peck Calkins, remarked to Brower that he had been looking for a site to start an institution of higher education, and the three men agreed it would be an appropriate use of the estate. Calkins approached the administration at New York University, and they expressed interest.

The college was founded as a coeducational, commuter institution with day and evening classes. The first day of classes was September 23, 1935, and the first class of students was made up of 159 day and 621 evening students. The tuition fee for the year was $375. The college obtained a provisional charter, and its official name was changed to Hofstra College on January 16, 1937.

Hofstra's original logo was a seal created by Professor of Art Constant van de Wall in 1937. The insignia was derived from the official seal of the reigning house of the Netherlands, the House of Orange-Nassau. Used with the permission of the monarch of the Netherlands, the seal also included the Dutch national motto Je Maintiendrai, meaning “I stand steadfast" (literally “I shall maintain") in French.

In 1939, Hofstra celebrated its first four-year commencement, graduating a class of 83 students. The first graduates had strong feelings for the new institution. When they were allowed to choose whether they would receive degrees from New York University or Hofstra, they overwhelmingly chose Hofstra degrees. Academic recognition of Hofstra was affirmed when the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools accepted Hofstra for membership on November 22, 1940. Early in 1941 the college was elected to membership in the American Association of Colleges.

With the approval of the New York State Board of Regents, Hofstra became Long Island's first private university on March 1, 1963. Also in that year, the Board of Trustees resolved to make Hofstra architecturally barrier-free for individuals with physical disabilities, stating that all students should have access to higher education. Although this later became federal law, and subsequently Hofstra was recognized as a pioneer. Other forward-thinking programs and events followed, including the New Opportunities at Hofstra (NOAH) program, which was established the following year. NOAH is Hofstra's Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program.

In 1963, Mitchel Air Force Base was closed by the military and declared surplus property. The university asked for part of the area to be used for edu ... [more on wikipedia]

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Hofstra University Details

Hofstra University Details
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conferenceColonial Athletic Association
overall ROI rank[298
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Hofstra University?

1. number 231 for Academics.

2. number 298 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Hofstra University?

1. University of San Francisco

2. Loyola Marymount University

3. Duquesne University

4. Seton Hall University

5. Saint Joseph's University

6. Pace University-New York

7. State University of New York at New Paltz

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Hofstra University National Academic Rankings

Hofstra University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Colonial Athletic Association148111516991313
New England Region998286779156577095
State of New York242428253117192017

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Hofstra University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Hofstra University

Hofstra University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Hofstra University
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University of San FranciscoCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage226241
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Seton Hall UniversityNew JerseyBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365390
Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage398372
Pace University-New YorkNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAverage476465
State University of New York at New PaltzNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage341457
SUNY College at OswegoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage361450
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University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Texas Christian UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateAboveAverage214181
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Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
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DePaul UniversityIllinoisBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage193150
University of DelawareDelawareColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage107138
University of OregonOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage174221
The University of AlabamaAlabamaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage175112
Quinnipiac UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage353433
SUNY College at CortlandNew YorkNew Jersey Athletic Conference...PublicAverage479490
SUNY OneontaNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAverage365466
Elon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateGood200178
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Ramapo College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage369437
University of Wisconsin-Eau ClaireWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage350253
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The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTennesseeSouthern ConferencePublicAverage434464
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West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Athletic Co...PublicAboveAverage315361
Western Washington UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage297338
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Hofstra University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Hofstra University

Hofstra University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Hofstra University
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American Athletic Conference (Low)-American Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-162
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (Low)-New England Women's & Men's At...-Conf-Good-161
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
University of MississippiMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAverage232197
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Trinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateGood215225
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170