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

Pomona College

2016 University Academic Rankings

This article is about the liberal arts college in Claremont, California. For the polytechnic university in Pomona, California, see California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Pomona College is a private liberal arts college located in Claremont, California, United States. Established in 1887, and the founding member of the Claremont Colleges, Pomona is a non-sectarian, coeducational school. Pomona is an undergraduate four-year institution and enrolled approximately 1,640 students in fall 2015. The college maintains 47 majors and over 2,000 consortium-wide courses.

Pomona is ranked first out of all undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States by Forbes, and tied with Bowdoin, Middlebury, and Wellesley colleges for fourth out of all liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The college had a 9.1% acceptance rate for the 2020 admissions cycle and an endowment of $2.101 billion. Among the current student body, 70% of students hail from out of state, 60% receive need-based financial aid, and 64% identify as students of color and international students.


Pomona College was established as a coeducational institution on October 14, 1887. The group's goal was to create a college in the same mold as small New England institutions. The College was originally formed in Pomona; classes first began in a rental house on September 12, 1888. The next year, the school moved to Claremont, at the site of an unfinished hotel. This building would eventually become Sumner Hall, current location of the Admissions and the Office of Campus Life. The name - Pomona College - remained after the relocation. The College's first graduating class had ten members in 1894.

Its founders' values led to the College's belief in educational equity. Like other Congregationalist-founded colleges such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Middlebury, Bowdoin, Pomona received its own governing board, ensuring its independence. The board of trustees was originally composed of graduates of Williams, Dartmouth, Bates and Yale, among others, to help create "a college of the New England type."

In the early 1920s, the College's growth led its president, James A. Blaisdell, to call for "a group of institutions divided into small colleges-somewhat of an Oxford type-around a library and other utilities which they would use in common." This would allow Pomona to retain its small, liberal arts-focused teaching while gaining the resources of a larger university. On October 14, 1925, Pomona College's 38th anniversary, the Claremont Colleges were incorporated. By 1997, the consortium reached its present membership of five undergraduate and two graduate institutions. The college has internship programs that sponsor nearly 200 Pomona students every year, and an annual summer research program that hosts 200 Pomona students, Pomona has one of the largest career preparation programs per capita. Pomona ranks eighth in the country for graduates receiving the most competitive graduate fellowships per capita. In 2013, Pomona students received the most Goldwater Scholarships of any liberal arts college. Nearly 85% of recent alumni attend graduate or professional school within ten years. Pomona's is associated with the Claremont Colleges which offer the college supplementary resources.


Pomona's campus is in Claremont, California, covering an area of 140 acres (57 ha). It includes 63 buildings, including 14 residence halls. The campus in Claremont originally began with the donation of an incomplete hotel-what would become Sumner Hall. It quickly expanded from 7 buildings in 1909-the time James Blaisdell took over as President. He purchased the empty land around the College while it was still available, securing the College's future and allowing for expansion for years to come. First Street ... [more on wikipedia]

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Pomona College Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Pomona College?

1. number 52 for Academics.

2. number 125 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Pomona College?

1. Swarthmore College

2. Amherst College

3. Washington and Lee University

4. Hamilton College

5. Wellesley College

6. Kenyon College

7. Grinnell College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Pomona College National Academic Rankings

Pomona College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy391013703579799067
West Coast Region84312828262816
State of California84311820181612
Top Ten Top2505214178443153159198125
Top Ten West Coast Region84398881010
Top Ten State of California84398771010

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Pomona College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Pomona College

Pomona College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Pomona College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Swarthmore CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite6748
Amherst CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite86158
Washington and Lee UniversityVirginiaOld Dominion Athletic ConferencePrivateElite11746
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Wellesley CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateElite78158
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
Grinnell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateExcellent114123
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Bowdoin CollegeMaineNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite64162
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Colby CollegeMaineNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateExcellent132155
Reed CollegeOregonNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent106144
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Union CollegeKentuckyMid - South Conference / Appal...PrivateBelowAverage162178
Haverford CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite97182
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
Gettysburg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent170148
Middlebury CollegeVermontNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite90135
Wesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite73137
Dartmouth CollegeNew HampshireIvy LeaguePrivateElite1921
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite2334
Princeton UniversityNew JerseyIvy LeaguePrivateElite411
Yale UniversityConnecticutIvy LeaguePrivateElite337
University of ChicagoIllinoisUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite1014
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
Vanderbilt UniversityTennesseeSoutheastern ConferencePrivateElite148
Stanford UniversityCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite917
Washington University in St LouisMissouriUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite86
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Northwestern UniversityIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePrivateElite1113
University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIvy LeaguePrivateElite127
University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite2281
Bryn Mawr CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent137205
Colgate UniversityNew YorkPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent9283
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent12398
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
Southern Methodist UniversityTexasAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8073
Villanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent9968
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Pomona College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Pomona College

Pomona College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Pomona College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
New England Small College Ath Conf (Average)-New England Small College Ath Conf-Conf-Elite-144
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
New York UniversityNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent35101
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
Boston CollegeMassachusettsAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4775
University Athletic Association (Low)-University Athletic Association-Conf-Excellent-32
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
George Washington UniversityWashington DCAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateExcellent51135
Worcester Polytechnic InstituteMassachusettsUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateExcellent7340
University of MiamiFloridaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4493
Lehigh UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent6932
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
Atlantic Coast Conference (Low)-Atlantic Coast Conference-Conf-Excellent-42
The University of Texas at DallasTexasAmerican Southwest ConferencePublicGood7055
University of FloridaFloridaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood4338
Brigham Young University-ProvoUtahOther / West Coast ConferencePrivateGood7227
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPennsylvaniaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood5075
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicGood5566
Pennsylvania State UniversityPennsylvaniaBig Ten ConferencePublicAboveAverage5384
Florida State UniversityFloridaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAboveAverage76104
Rutgers University-New BrunswickNew JerseyBig Ten ConferencePublicAboveAverage56115
University of Colorado BoulderColoradoPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage7959