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

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC), founded in 1962, is an athletic conference which competes in the NCAA's Division III. Member institutions are located in Colorado, Louisiana, and Texas. Difficulties related to travel distances led seven former members to announce the formation of a new Southeastern US-based conference, the Southern Athletic Association, starting with the 2012-13 academic year.

Prior to 1991, the conference was known as the College Athletic Conference. The current commissioner of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference is Dwayne Hanberry. The current chair of the Executive Committee of the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference is Dr. Jill Tiefenthaler, current Colorado College president.

Member schools | Current members | Future members

The University of California, Santa Cruz will join as an affiliate member for swimming and diving only in the 2013-14 school year. No other future members are known at this time.

Former members | Membership timeline | Conference overview

Prior to the 2012 conference split, the SCAC fielded competition in baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, outdoor track and field and volleyball. With membership greatly reduced and in flux, some of these sports (field hockey, women's lacrosse) no longer have enough participants (zero and two, respectively) to allow the conference to sponsor them. In addition, after struggling with only four football playing schools for several seasons, the conference in November 2015 announced football would be discontinued as a conference sport effective the 2017-18 school year, with football playing institutions affiliating with either the American Southwest Conference or the Southern Athletic Association.

Unlike many Division III conferences, where geography is the primary determining factor for membership, the SCAC is made up of private institutions where the primary focus is on academics; the New England Small College Athletic Conference and University Athletic Association are other athletic associations with similar academic emphasis. Almost all members sport Phi Beta Kappa chapters. Member schools are prominently featured in annual "Best College" rankings; admissions are highly selective.

In an unusual move for the conference, Colorado College, which offers two Division I (scholarship) sports, was accepted as a member beginning in the 2006-07 season. It is the only SCAC school to offer any sort of scholarship athletics, though the Division I programs-namely men's ice hockey and women's soccer-do not compete in the SCAC. (The conference does not sponsor ice hockey for either men or women.)

The conference had previously announced its desire to expand to a total of twelve members, which would ease scheduling issues and allow the conference to divide into eastern and western divisions spread across the southern US. On May 26, 2006, Birmingham-Southern College, one of the smallest Division I schools in the country, announced its intentions to drop scholarship athletics and join the SCAC. This is a multi-year process subject to final approval by the NCAA. The SCAC approved BSC's application, pending NCAA approval, on June 8, 2006.

Due to the unusual (for Division III) distances between member institutions, travel costs and durations must be factored into any decision to join the conference. Rose-Hulman cited these factors as reasons for leaving the conference when it rejoined the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2006-07. Austin College readily took RHIT's place, moving from the American Southwest Conference before the 2006-07 season.

On June 9, 2010, DePauw University announced that it was departing the SCAC for the North Coast Athletic Conference. Like Rose-Hulman, DePauw cited "a ... [more on wikipedia]

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Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

2. number 426 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (Average)?

1. Coe College

2. Washington College

3. Westmont College

4. Austin College

5. Lake Forest College

6. Berea College

7. Simmons College

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference National Academic Rankings

Southern Collegiate Athletic 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)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
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Coe CollegeIowaIowa Intercollegiate Athletic ConfPrivateAboveAverage375340
Washington CollegeMarylandCentennial ConferencePrivateAboveAverage424482
Westmont CollegeCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage311400
Austin CollegeTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage291415
Lake Forest CollegeIllinoisMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage481495
Berea CollegeKentuckyIndependent Southeast RegionPrivateAboveAverage497494
Simmons CollegeMassachusettsGreat Northeast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage376452
University of the SciencesPennsylvaniaCentral Atlantic Collegiate ConfPrivateAboveAverage338272
Wofford CollegeSouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage340211
Ursinus CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateAboveAverage327378
Birmingham Southern CollegeAlabamaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage376268
Virginia Military InstituteVirginiaBig South ConferencePublicAboveAverage444227
Wagner CollegeNew YorkNortheast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage385412
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityNebraskaGreat Plains Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage481440
Cornell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage339327
University of Minnesota-MorrisMinnesotaUpper Midwest Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage321161
William Jewell CollegeMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage387344
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
Transylvania UniversityKentuckyHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateAboveAverage378417
Allegheny CollegePennsylvaniaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage322411
Eckerd CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage495417
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
Kalamazoo CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateGood285415
Beloit CollegeWisconsinMidwest ConferencePrivateGood250233
St Mary's College of MarylandMarylandCapital Athletic ConferencePublicGood275409
Hampden-Sydney CollegeVirginiaOld Dominion Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage487498
Alfred UniversityNew YorkEmpire EightPrivateAverage471475
Houghton CollegeNew YorkEmpire EightPrivateAverage465489
Earlham CollegeIndianaHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateGood235249
The College of WoosterOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood277317
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
Mills CollegeCaliforniaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage429486
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
Ripon CollegeWisconsinMidwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage431450
Warren Wilson CollegeNorth CarolinaNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage470492
Gustavus Adolphus CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage239210
Grove City CollegePennsylvaniaPresidents' Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235202
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
North Central CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAverage455382
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference

Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference
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Pratt Institute-MainNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage396460
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
Southern California Intercoll Ath Conf (Low)-Southern California Intercoll ...-Conf-AboveAverage-427
Northwest Conference (Average)-Northwest Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-440
Biola UniversityCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage397467
Harding UniversityArkansasGreat American ConferencePrivateAboveAverage395316
Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage398372
Old Dominion Athletic Conference (Average)-Old Dominion Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-485
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
Montana Tech of the University of MontanaMontanaFrontier ConferencePublicAboveAverage399203
State University of New York Ath Conf (Average)-State University of New York A...-Conf-Average-467
Great Lakes Valley Conference (Low)-Great Lakes Valley Conference-Conf-Average-319
Division III Independents (Average)-Division III Independents-Conf-Average-472
Horizon League (Average)-Horizon League-Conf-Average-299
Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisianaConference USAPublicAverage392213
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf (Average)-Great Lakes Intercollegiate At...-Conf-Average-382
The Summit League (Average)-The Summit League-Conf-Average-372
California State University-ChicoCaliforniaCalifornia Collegiate Athletic...PublicAverage392409
Western Athletic Conference (Average)-Western Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1