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.
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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

New Saint Andrews College

2016 University Academic Rankings

AffiliationsTransnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS), and Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education (ARIHE)

New Saint Andrews College is a classical Christian college located in Moscow, Idaho. It was founded in 1994 and modeled in part on the curriculum of Harvard College of the seventeenth century. The college offers no undergraduate majors, but follows a single, integrated classical liberal arts curriculum from a Christian worldview in its associate's and bachelor's degree programs. The college also offers master's degrees in theology & letters, and classical Christian studies. The New Saint Andrews board, faculty, and staff are confessionally Reformed (Calvinist). Board members are affiliated with the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC).


New Saint Andrews began with four students in the fall of 1994 and graduated its first two students in 1998. It moved to its present location in downtown Moscow when it purchased the historic Skattaboe Block (1891) on Main Street in October 2002, the restoration of which garnered the college recognition from the Moscow Historic Preservation Commission.

In 2005, New Saint Andrews became an accredited member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). TRACS authorized the college as a Category III Master's degree granting institution in April 2007. New Saint Andrews was nationally reaccredited in 2010. The college is a charter member of the Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) and a member of the Association of Reformed Institutions of Higher Education (ARIHE).

The college was featured on the Christian Broadcasting Network in March 2006. In August 2006 New Saint Andrews was named by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute as one of the top 50 schools for "conservatives, old-fashioned liberals, and people of faith." The college was also featured in the September 30, 2007 edition of The New York Times Magazine in an article entitled, "Onward Christian Scholars."

Academics and student life

The college's classical Christian program of studies follows the Trivium and Quadrivium in its single, integrated undergraduate curriculum in liberal arts and culture. The curriculum stresses learning from Great Books and developing the skills to be a lifelong learner. Rather than using textbooks, the college requires reading of primary works in the classical and Christian literature of Western civilization. The college uses "Oxford-style" small group recitations, in which six to eight students meet with individual faculty members to discuss the assigned readings. Students have examinations every eight weeks, many of which are conducted orally. Seniors are required to write theses and defend them before a faculty panel. The college offers associate and bachelor's degrees in liberal arts and culture, a Master of Arts in Trinitarian theology and culture, and a Master of Studies (and Graduate Certificate) in Classical Christian Studies.

The college limits new student enrollment to about 50-60 new undergraduates and 10-15 graduate students each year. The student body numbers about 160 students (150 full-time equivalent) from about 30 states, five foreign countries, and more than 20 Christian denominations. Approximately half of the college's students were home-schooled and a quarter attended Association of Classical and Christian Schools (ACCS) affiliated high schools.

The college provides no dormitories or food services, by board policy. Instead, it encourages students to live as responsible members of the local community, and assists students and their families in arranging appropriate housing.

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New Saint Andrews College Details

New Saint Andrews College Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for New Saint Andrews College?

1. number 241 for Academics.

2. number 238 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to New Saint Andrews College?

1. The New School

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

New Saint Andrews College National Academic Rankings

New Saint Andrews College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Mountain West Region5246912122615
State of Idaho111233364
Top Ten Top250241175191183216153159188238
Top Ten Mountain West Region5246877109
Top Ten State of Idaho111233364

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

New Saint Andrews College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to New Saint Andrews College

New Saint Andrews College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to New Saint Andrews College
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The New SchoolNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage325420

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

New Saint Andrews College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to New Saint Andrews College

New Saint Andrews College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to New Saint Andrews College
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Gonzaga UniversityWashingtonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235214
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Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage239210
James Madison UniversityVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage196170
Bentley UniversityMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateGood232199
North Coast Athletic Conference (Average)-North Coast Athletic Conference-Conf-Good-221
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
Centre CollegeKentuckySouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244198
Babson CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood243150
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211
New Mexico Institute of Mining and TechnologyNew MexicoNo Conference AffiliationPublicGood18093
Big Twelve Conference (Low)-Big Twelve Conference-Conf-Average-178
University of New HampshireNew HampshireColonial Athletic Association ...PublicAverage221225
University of Hawaii at ManoaHawaiiMountain West Conference / Big...PublicAverage204245
The University of Texas at ArlingtonTexasSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage240157