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

New York University

2016 University Academic Rankings

New York University (NYU) is a private, nonsectarian American research university based in New York City. Founded in 1831, NYU is one of the largest private non-profit institutions of American higher education. University rankings compiled by U.S. News and World Report, Times Higher Education and the Academic Ranking of World Universities all rank NYU among the top 34 universities in the world. NYU is organized into more than twenty schools, colleges, and institutes, located in six centers throughout Manhattan and Downtown Brooklyn. NYU's main campus is located at Greenwich Village in Lower Manhattan with institutes and centers on the Upper East Side, academic buildings and dorms down on Wall Street, and the Brooklyn campus located at MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. The University also established NYU Abu Dhabi, NYU Shanghai and maintains 11 other Global Academic Centers in Accra, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Florence, London, Madrid, Paris, Prague, Sydney, Tel Aviv and Washington, D.C.

NYU was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1950. NYU counts thirty-six Nobel Prize winners, four Abel Prize winners, four Turing Award winners, four Fields Medal winners, over thirty National Medals for Science, Technology and Innovation, Arts and Humanities recipients, over thirty Pulitzer Prize winners, over thirty Academy Award winners, as well as several Russ Prize, Gordon Prize and Draper Prize winners, and dozens of Emmy, Grammy, and Tony Award winners among its faculty and alumni. NYU also has many MacArthur and Guggenheim Fellowship holders as well as hundreds of National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and American Academy of Arts and Sciences members, and a plethora of members of the United States Congress and heads of state of countries all over the world, among its past and present graduates and faculty. The alumni of NYU are among the wealthiest in the world, and include seventeen living billionaires.

NYU's sports teams are called the Violets, the colors being the trademarked hue "NYU Violet" and white; the school mascot is the bobcat. Almost all sporting teams participate in the NCAA's Division III and the University Athletic Association.

Albert Gallatin, Secretary of Treasury under Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, declared his intention to establish "in this immense and fast-growing city ... a system of rational and practical education fitting for all and graciously opened to all". A three-day long "literary and scientific convention" held in City Hall in 1830 and attended by over 100 delegates debated the terms of a plan for a new university. These New Yorkers believed the city needed a university designed for young men who would be admitted based upon merit rather than birthright, status, or social class. On April 18, 1831, an institution was established, with the support of a group of prominent New York City residents from the city's landed class of merchants, bankers, and traders. Albert Gallatin was elected as the institution's first president. On April 21, 1831, the new institution received its charter and was incorporated as the University of the City of New York by the New York State Legislature; older documents often refer to it by that name. The university has been popularly known as New York University since its beginning and was officially renamed New York University in 1896. In 1832, NYU held its first classes in rented rooms of four-story Clinton Hall, situated near City Hall. In 1835, the School of Law, NYU's first professional school, was established. Although the impetus to found a new school was partly a reaction by evangelical Presbyterians to what they perceived as the Episcopalianism of Columbia College, NYU was created non-denominational, unlike many American colleges at the time.
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New York University Details

New York University Details
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stateNew York
conferenceUniversity Athletic Association
overall ROI rank[101
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for New York University?

1. number 35 for Academics.

2. number 101 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to New York University?

1. Georgetown University

2. University of Southern California

3. University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

4. Boston University

5. Fordham University

6. American University

7. Chapman University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

New York University National Academic Rankings

New York University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy264252131156458049
New England Region1529368729235432
State of New York4793287158
Top Ten Top25035516819167063178101
Top Ten State of New York467326686

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

New York University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to New York University

New York University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to New York University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite2281
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinnesotaBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3022
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
Fordham UniversityNew YorkPatriot League / Atlantic 10 C...PrivateGood109167
American UniversityWashington DCPatriot LeaguePrivateGood113180
Chapman UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateGood208242
Bentley UniversityMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateGood232199
Pepperdine UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateGood212231
University of California-San DiegoCaliforniaDivision II IndependentsPublicExcellent2670

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

New York University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to New York University

New York University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to New York University
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Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
Case Western Reserve UniversityOhioPresidents' Athletic Conferenc...PrivateExcellent2814
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227
Atlantic Coast Conference (Average)-Atlantic Coast Conference-Conf-Excellent-21
University of Maryland-College ParkMarylandBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3460
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League-Conf-Elite-21
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3764
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinnesotaBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3022
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
University of Wisconsin-MadisonWisconsinBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3325
Pacific - 12 Conference (Average)-Pacific 12 Conference-Conf-Excellent-32
The University of Texas at AustinTexasBig Twelve ConferencePublicGood3851