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

Northeast 10 Conference (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Northeast-10 Conference is a collegiate athletic conference affiliated with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)'s Division II level. Member institutions are located in the northeastern United States in the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, and Vermont. It is the only Division II collegiate hockey conference in the United States.


The original 1980 conference was called the "Northeast 7" as the colleges were American International College, Assumption College, Bentley College, Bryant College, the University of Hartford, Springfield College, and Stonehill College. In 1981, Saint Anselm College was the eighth team to join and the resulting "NE-8" stayed this way until 1984 when the University of Hartford left and Merrimack College joined.

The “Northeast-10" name came about in 1987 when Saint Michael's College and Quinnipiac College joined the league. The conference remained stable until 1995 when Springfield College left for Division III. The league stayed at ten members as Le Moyne College joined the league in 1996 from the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and briefly expanded to eleven when Pace University joined in 1997 from the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference (NYCAC). Quinnipiac moved to the Division I Northeast Conference (NEC) to again return the membership to ten.

The last major expansion took place prior to 2000, when five new schools joined the fold. Franklin Pierce College, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU; formerly New Hampshire College), the University of Massachusetts Lowell (UMass Lowell), and Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU) were joined by College of Saint Rose giving the NE-10 15 members. In 2008, Bryant University announced it would begin the five-year process that would make them a full Division I member by 2012; at the same time the NE-10 announced that it had given a bid to University of New Haven and they had accepted. In December 2007, Adelphi University announced it had joined the league and began playing in 2009-10. To start the 2008-2009 academic year the NE-10 still had 15 members and expanded to 16 in 2009-10.

With that major expansion, the NE-10 now stands as the second-largest NCAA Division II conference in the nation. The strength in numbers was the guiding force in the addition and strengthening of a number of championship sports the league now offers. However, because the NE-10 is the sole Division II hockey league, its postseason champion cannot compete for the NCAA national hockey championship.

On July 1, 2013, UMass Lowell left the NE-10 to join the Division I America East Conference. With the departure of UMass Lowell, the Northeast-10 Conference has 15 remaining members.

Since the addition of those five institutions, the league has added football, indoor track and field, and outdoor track and field as championship sports. While the expansion has added championships in certain sports, it has also increased the championship opportunities for countless student-athletes with the expansion of postseason tournaments for sports such as field hockey, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's lacrosse, and baseball.

The expansion continued in 2003-04 as the conference added another three championships to its diverse menu - men's swimming and diving, women's swimming and diving, and men's ice hockey - the only Division II ice hockey conference in the nation. The conference also continued to expand in the classroom. Each year, the NE-10 honors a record number of scholar athletes to the Commissioner's Honor Roll.

David Brunk, the first full-time commissioner in league history, announced in April he was resigning July 1, 2007 to take over the Peach Belt Conference. Brunk had been commissioner since 1998. Julie Ruppert became the next full-time commissioner in June 2008, becoming the first ... [more on wikipedia]

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Northeast 10 Conference Details

Northeast 10 Conference Details
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Northeast 10 Conference (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 427 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Northeast 10 Conference (Average)?

1. Bethel University

2. Seattle Pacific University

3. Rollins College

4. Point Loma Nazarene University

5. Rockhurst University

6. John Brown University

7. Saint Edward's University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Northeast 10 Conference National Academic Rankings

Northeast 10 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)

Northeast 10 Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Northeast 10 Conference

Northeast 10 Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Northeast 10 Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
John Brown UniversityArkansasSooner Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage489421
Saint Edward's UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage418480
Providence CollegeRhode IslandBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage286350
Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
Le Moyne CollegeNew YorkNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAverage500485
John Carroll UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage449276
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage494447
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
Augsburg CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAverage437376
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
University of RedlandsCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage380460
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Calvin CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage255209
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Loyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot LeaguePrivateAboveAverage249245
University of Mary WashingtonVirginiaCapital Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage424386
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Benedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...PrivateAboveAverage473490
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Seattle UniversityWashingtonWestern Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage280320
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
Salisbury UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...PublicAboveAverage243358
Mills CollegeCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage429486
Western Washington UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage297338
Canisius CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage467484
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
Skidmore CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateGood210220
Arcadia UniversityPennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAverage467478
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Northeast 10 Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Northeast 10 Conference

Northeast 10 Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Northeast 10 Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Coe CollegeIowaIowa Intercollegiate Athletic ConfPrivateAboveAverage375340
Birmingham Southern CollegeAlabamaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage376268
Simmons CollegeMassachusettsGreat Northeast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage376452
Southern Athletic Association (Average)-Southern Athletic Association-Conf-AboveAverage-408
The University of MontanaMontanaBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage372232
Tennessee Technological UniversityTennesseeOhio Valley ConferencePublicAverage374212
Azusa Pacific UniversityCaliforniaGreat Northeast Athletic Confe...PrivateAverage370455
Atlantic Sun Conference (Average)-Atlantic Sun Conference-Conf-Average-440
Ramapo College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage369437
New Jersey Athletic Conference (Average)-New Jersey Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-436
Big South Conference (Average)-Big South Conference-Conf-Average-392
Gulf South Conference (Average)-Gulf South Conference-Conf-Average-340
Rutgers University-NewarkNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage371392
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf (Average)-Great Lakes Intercollegiate At...-Conf-Average-382
Mid - American Conference (Low)-Mid American Conference-Conf-Average-266
The Summit League (Average)-The Summit League-Conf-Average-372
Southern New Hampshire UniversityNew HampshireNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateBelowAverage373456