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

Hope College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Hope College is a private, residential liberal arts college in downtown Holland, Michigan, United States, a few miles from Lake Michigan. It opened in 1851 as the Pioneer School by Dutch immigrants four years after the community was first settled. The first freshman college class matriculated in 1862 and Hope received its state charter in 1866. Hope College is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and it retains a vibrant Christian atmosphere. The school's 125 acres (0.195 sq mi) campus is adjacent to the downtown commercial district and has been shared with Western Theological Seminary since 1884. The school's enrollment is just over 3,600 undergraduates.


Hope's motto is taken from Psalm 42:5: "Spera in Deo" ("Hope in God"). The college's emblem is an anchor. This is drawn from a speech made by Albertus van Raalte, the leader of the community, on the occasion of the founding of the Pioneer School in 1851: "This is my anchor of hope for this people in the future," (an allusion to Hebrews 6:19). The primary-level Pioneer School was later expanded to secondary, and soon after, college level education as Hope College. Van Vleck Hall, which originally housed the Pioneer School, is the oldest building on campus (1858) and now serves as a dormitory. It is the second oldest building in the city. The first freshman college class matriculated in 1862, and Hope received its state charter in 1866. The college admitted its first female students in 1878.

2015 marks Hope College's 150th year of education. In honor of this celebration, Hope College held many events throughout 2015. The celebration began with the 150th commencement on May 3, 2015. The year held two grand openings, the Kruizenga Art Museum and the Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts, and the groundbreaking ceremony of the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center. The College also sponsored the Presidential Colloquium lecture series which featured an address by David Brooks on Christian education in the 21st century.


The college offers 90+ majors, all of which lead to a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Engineering, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It has a student population of about 3,400 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 12:1. The college offers off-campus study programs in several US cities, including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Chicago, and overseas programs for the summer, semester, or an entire academic year. Among its international programs, a long-standing summer semester in Vienna is fairly popular among students.

Hope maintains strong ties to the Reformed Church of America and seeks to educate students within the historic Christian faith while maintaining a rigorous academic education.

While taking courses in General Education at Hope, students will encounter a diverse array of topics rooted in the liberal arts education. Regardless of his or her major, students will take courses in the areas of art, history, language, literature, math and sciences In addition to these courses, students will also participate in a First-Year Seminar course during their freshman year and a Senior Seminar course in their senior year of college. These courses were developed to help transition students in and out of their college career.

The Fine and Performing Arts degree at Hope College consists of four departments, which include Art and Art History, Dance, Music and Theatre. The Humanities division includes the departments of English, History, Modern and Classical Language, Philosophy and Religion. The Arts division at Hope College seeks to “educate every student and the community in the transformational power of the arts." Hope College was the first private, liberal arts college to hold national accreditation in art, dance, music and theatre.

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Hope College Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Hope College?

1. number 244 for Academics.

2. number 227 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Hope College?

1. Webster University

2. Cedarville University

3. Seattle Pacific University

4. University of Portland

5. University of North Carolina at Asheville

6. Siena College

7. Calvin College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Hope College National Academic Rankings

Hope College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Mid West Region382928616842428560
State of Michigan5361312992211
Top Ten Top250244166156215243153159176227
Top Ten State of Michigan536774475

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Hope College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Hope College

Hope College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Hope College
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Webster UniversityMissouriSt.Louis Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage458421
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePublicAboveAverage242319
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
Calvin CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage255209
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
University of Mary WashingtonVirginiaCapital Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage424386
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
Seattle UniversityWashingtonWestern Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage280320
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Bradley UniversityIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage326177
Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235214
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage239210
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
Adelphi UniversityNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365444
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginiaUSA South Athletic Conference ...PublicAboveAverage268320
Manhattan CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage460378
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage494447
SUNY College of Technology at AlfredNew YorkDivision III IndependentsPublicAverage457467
Valparaiso UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Hori...PrivateAverage407281
University of Puerto Rico-CayeyPuerto RicoNo Conference AffiliationPublicAverage484500
John Carroll UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage449276
Pacific Lutheran UniversityWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAverage439431
Canisius CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage467484
Le Moyne CollegeNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAverage500485
Maryville University of Saint LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAverage424426
Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkSkyline ConferencePrivateGood141208
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
North Central CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAverage455382
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Augsburg CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAverage437376
Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Eckerd CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage495417
Allegheny CollegePennsylvaniaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage322411
Truman State UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage208189
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
University of St ThomasMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage238156

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Hope College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Hope College

Hope College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Hope College
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Grove City CollegePennsylvaniaPresidents' Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235202
Colonial Athletic Association (Low)-Colonial Athletic Association-Conf-AboveAverage-214
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePublicAboveAverage242319
New Saint Andrews CollegeIdahoNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage241238
Centre CollegeKentuckySouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244198
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
University of St ThomasMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage238156
North Coast Athletic Conference (Average)-North Coast Athletic Conference-Conf-Good-221
Babson CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood243150
Salisbury UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...PublicAboveAverage243358
Appalachian State UniversityNorth CarolinaSun Belt ConferencePublicAboveAverage230228
Big Twelve Conference (Low)-Big Twelve Conference-Conf-Average-178
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211
Thomas Aquinas CollegeCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateGood223243
Kansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage249168
Grand Valley State UniversityMichiganGreat Lakes Intercollegiate At...PublicAverage247239
University of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...PublicAverage248245
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTexasSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage240157