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

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC, /ˈmæk/) is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated in NCAA Division I, consisting of eleven schools coming from three states of the northeastern United States: Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.

The members are all relatively small private institutions, many of them Catholic or formerly Catholic, the only exceptions being three private but secular institutions: Rider University and the conference's two newest members, Monmouth and Quinnipiac Universities.

The conference headquarters is located in Edison, New Jersey. The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference sponsors 22 sports and has many associate member institutions.


The conference was founded in 1980 by six charter members: the U.S. Military Academy, Fairfield University, Fordham University, Iona College, Manhattan College, and Saint Peter's College. Competition officially began the next year, in the sports of men's cross-country and men's soccer.

Competition in men's and women's basketball began in the 1981-1982 season. In 1984, the MAAC received an automatic bid to the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, where Iona was the first team to represent the MAAC on the men's side. In 1982, Saint Peter's was the first women's basketball team to represent the MAAC in the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament.

The conference currently possesses 15 automatic bids to NCAA Championships. In 2012-13, the MAAC became eligible for its 15th NCAA Championship when Women's Rowing fulfilled qualifying requirements.

From 1997 to 2003, the MAAC sponsored ice hockey. At that time, the hockey league split from the MAAC and changed its name to Atlantic Hockey. Also in 1997, Marist College and Rider University moved the majority of their intercollegiate athletic programs to the MAAC with the intent the MAAC would enhance media exposure and competition to their men's and women's Division I basketball programs.

In September 2011, the conference announced the launch of MAAC.TV, the league's first broadband network. The MAAC is also in the midst of a three-year agreement to have their March men's and women's basketball conference tournaments held at the MassMutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In March 2012, for the first time in 16 years, the MAAC had two teams advance to the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, with Loyola earning the league's automatic bid and Iona garnering an at-large bid.

In July 2013 Quinnipiac University and Monmouth University joined the MAAC to replace Loyola University Maryland, which departed to join the Patriot League. Also in 2013 the MAAC announced that it would add field hockey as its 25th sport with league play beginning in the 2013-14 academic year.

Over the conference's history MAAC teams have achieved national and international acclaim in many sports. In the summer of 2002 the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2007, the Marist women's basketball team advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Women's Division I Basketball Championship. The Red Foxes have recorded five NCAA wins since their run in 2007. In the fall of 2011, the Iona men's cross country team finished tied for ninth place at the NCAA Championship race, extended the Gaels' streak to 10 straight Top 10 national finishes. In basketball MAAC teams have made a total of 80 NIT appearances and 50 NCAA basketball tournament appearances.

Notable MAAC student athletes include Mary Beth Riley, a 1991 graduate of Canisius, who was the first recipient of the NCAA Woman of the Year Award and Erin Whalen, a member of the Iona women's rowing team, who in the fall of 1998, was awarded one of the nation's 32 Rhodes Scholarships for a ... [more on wikipedia]

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Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Details

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 458 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Average)?

1. Valparaiso University

2. Canisius College

3. Monmouth University

4. University of Scranton

5. University of Puerto Rico-Cayey

6. SUNY College of Technology at Alfred

7. Drake University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference National Academic Rankings

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Valparaiso UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Hori...PrivateAverage407281
Canisius CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage467484
Monmouth UniversityNew JerseyBig South Conference / Metro A...PrivateAverage478477
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
University of Puerto Rico-CayeyPuerto RicoNo Conference AffiliationPublicAverage484500
SUNY College of Technology at AlfredNew YorkDivision III IndependentsPublicAverage457467
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage494447
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
Ramapo College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage369437
SUNY OneontaNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAverage365466
John Carroll UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage449276
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Pacific Lutheran UniversityWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAverage439431
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
SUNY College at BrockportNew YorkEmpire Eight / State Universit...PublicAverage473487
Augsburg CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAverage437376
Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
University of Louisiana at MonroeLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage485352
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage302258
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaTennesseeSouthern ConferencePublicAverage434464
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage479363
University of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage350248
University of California-Santa CruzCaliforniaDivision III IndependentsPublicAverage157208
Seattle UniversityWashingtonWestern Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage280320
University of Mary WashingtonVirginiaCapital Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage424386
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
Providence CollegeRhode IslandBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage286350
Saint Edward's UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage418480
Calvin CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage255209
Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235214
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
Adelphi UniversityNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365444
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginiaUSA South Athletic Conference ...PublicAboveAverage268320
Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Truman State UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage208189
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
University of St ThomasMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage238156
Loyola Marymount UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage218233
Le Moyne CollegeNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAverage500485
Maryville University of Saint LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAverage424426
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
State University of New York at New PaltzNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage341457
North Central CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAverage455382
SUNY College at OswegoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage361450
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference

Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
John Carroll UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage449276
High Point UniversityNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePrivateAverage448438
Capital Athletic Conference (Average)-Capital Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-481
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicAverage451347
Sunshine State Conference (Average)-Sunshine State Conference-Conf-Average-426
Landmark Conference (Low)-Landmark Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-481
Presidents' Athletic Conference (Average)-Presidents' Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1
Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf (Low)-Southern California Intercoll ...-Conf-AboveAverage-427
College Conference of Illinois and Wisc (Average)-College Conference of Illinois...-Conf-AboveAverage-386
Landmark Conference (Average)-Landmark Conference-Conf-AboveAverage--1
University of North Carolina at GreensboroNorth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePublicAverage449439
Judson CollegeAlabamaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage451481
Division II Independents (Average)-Division II Independents-Conf-Average--1
Sun Belt Conference (Low)-Sun Belt Conference-Conf-Average-327
Eastern Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American ConferencePublicAverage445385
Western Michigan UniversityMichiganMid American ConferencePublicBelowAverage446320
Montclair State UniversityNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicBelowAverage447463
California State University-SacramentoCaliforniaBig Sky ConferencePublicBelowAverage453472