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

Saint Martin's University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Saint Martin's University is a coeducational, Catholic, liberal arts university in the United States. Located in Lacey, Washington, it was founded in 1895 as an all-boys boarding school by monks of the Benedictine Order. Saint Martin's began offering college-level courses in 1900 and became a degree-granting institution in 1940. The college became coeducational in 1965. In 2005, it changed its name from Saint Martin's College to Saint Martin's University. The school motto is "Think with heart." With a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio and a minority student population of 45%, the college has a reputation for diversity and small class sizes. It has a functioning Benedictine monastery on school grounds, and some members of the monastic community also serve as professors. The tuition for 2013-2014 is $31,688 although many students benefit from financial aid packages.


Saint Martin's patron saint is Saint Martin of Tours, a fourth-century Gregorian missionary and later Bishop of Tours. The University and its founder, Saint Martin's Abbey, sit on 300 acres (1.2 km2) of woodlands, trees, rocks, and meandering trails. The site was selected in 1893 by Abbot Bernard Locnikar, O.S.B., of Minnesota's Saint John's Abbey, Saint Martin's Abbey's mother house. At a public auction on April 21, 1894, the wooded parcel that would become the Saint Martin's campus was purchased for $6,920. Work began on Saint Martin's first building in January 1895, and by late summer, a four-story structure housing both the school and a monastery was completed. The school at that time offered preparatory classes for boys, plus commercial and classical education for older boys and young men. Boarding students who came from outside of town also were housed in the campus' one large building. Today, that structure is referred to as Old Main and continues to house many of the university's classrooms and offices.


The college offers 21 baccalaureate programs and seven graduate degree programs, and it is best known for its civil & mechanical engineering, business administration, and education programs. The University offers programs and courses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Centralia College. The school's education is based around a liberal arts core with an emphasis on Benedictine values. All first-year students take a basic freshman seminar class to introduce them to college life. For the last three years, the college has offered a Summer Bridge Program, which serves as a college writing workshop for incoming freshmen. Classes have a 12:1 student-to-teacher ratio. General education requirements include:

Colleges and schools | Athletics

The school's sports teams participate in the NCAA's Great Northwest Athletic Conference at the Division II level. The women's basketball team qualified for the NCAA Division II tournament in 1992 and 2008. In the 1940s and 1950s, Saint Martin's had a men's college football team and a boys' high school football team, which won the Washington Class A championship. In the 1990s, the name of the mascot was almost changed to the Ravens. In 2008, the Men's Basketball team defeated Division 1-A Colorado State University Rams, making it Saint Martin's first major publicized victory over a D-1 opponent. In 2009, the Men's Soccer team seized the first team title in any sport for Saint Martin's University, winning the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. In 2010, the university hosted a training camp which feature the University of Washington Huskies Men's Basketball Team.

Scholars | Residence halls | Student life and demographics

Over 75% of Saint Martin's students are from Washington state, and most of those are from the immediate area. Some other states are represented, including California, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, Nevada and Hawaii. With its active international program, Saint Martin's also ... [more on wikipedia]

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Saint Martin's University Details

Saint Martin's University Details
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conferenceGreat Northwest Athletic Conference
overall ROI rank[-1
scores validTrue
Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Saint Martin's University?

1. number -1 for Academics.

2. number -1 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Saint Martin's University?

1. SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

2. Kettering University

3. Centenary College of Louisiana

4. Drury University

5. Nova Southeastern University

6. University of Colorado Denver

7. Wayne State University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Saint Martin's University National Academic Rankings

Saint Martin's University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Stem High524941515032325151
West Coast Region756230908828268891
State of Washington121141616331916

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Saint Martin's University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Saint Martin's University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
SUNY College of Environmental Science and ForestryNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPublicAboveAverage229244
Kettering UniversityMichiganNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage332139
Centenary College of LouisianaLouisianaSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAverage-1-1
Drury UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage295378
Nova Southeastern UniversityFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAverage488397
University of Colorado DenverColoradoNo Conference AffiliationPublicAverage283217
Wayne State UniversityMichiganGreat Lakes Intercollegiate At...PublicAverage414286
Portland State UniversityOregonBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage308408
California State Polytechnic University-PomonaCaliforniaCalifornia Collegiate Athletic...PublicAverage288356
South Dakota School of Mines and TechnologySouth DakotaGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage281111
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFloridaFlorida Sun ConferencePrivateAverage401210
Regis UniversityColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage360303
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Saint Martin's University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin's University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Saint Martin's University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Brandman UniversityCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAverage-1-1
Centenary College of LouisianaLouisianaSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAverage-1-1
Nova Southeastern UniversityFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAverage488397
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Daytona BeachFloridaFlorida Sun ConferencePrivateAverage401210