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

Stetson University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Stetson University is a private, nonprofit university with four colleges and schools located across the I-4 corridor in Central Florida, United States, with the primary undergraduate campus located in DeLand. In the 2016 U.S. News and World Report's guide to America's Best Colleges, Stetson ranks as the 5th best regional university in the South and is the only college in Florida on list for best undergraduate teaching in the South. The Stetson University College of Law ranks No. 1 nationally in trial advocacy.

Other recognitions include being ranked No. 7 nationally in Washington Monthly magazine's "2015 College Guide" to master's universities, a ranking based on a combination of social mobility, research and service; and being named a military-friendly school.


The first charter stated that the objective of the university should be "to promote the general interests of education, and to qualify its students to engage in the learned professions or other employments of society, and to discharge honorably and usefully the various duties of life."

Stetson University was founded in 1883 by Henry Addison DeLand, a New York philanthropist, as DeLand Academy. In 1887, the Florida Legislature enacted the Charter of DeLand University as an independent institution of higher learning.

DeLand University's name was changed in 1889 to honor hat manufacturer John B. Stetson, a benefactor of the university, who served with town founder, Henry A. DeLand, and others as a founding trustee of the university. Stetson also provided substantial assistance to the university after DeLand, on account of financial reverses, was no longer able to do so.

Stetson University was affiliated with the Florida Baptist Convention from its founding in 1885 until 1907, when the Convention was defeated in its effort to force Stetson to amend its charter. From 1907 to 1919, the Florida Baptist Convention operated Columbia College in Lake City, Florida, but it failed for lack of adequate financial support. According to Gilbert Lycan, a Stetson history professor who wrote the university's official centennial history in 1983, the relationship between Stetson University and the Florida Baptist Convention was reestablished in 1919, and continued until 1995, when it was officially terminated.


The university's College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business Administration, School of Music, and most graduate programs are housed at the DeLand campus, located just north of the downtown area of DeLand, Florida, roughly halfway between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. More than 60 undergraduate majors and minors are offered.

The 175-acre (0.71 km2) campus in DeLand is nationally designated by the National Register of Historic Places as the Stetson University Campus Historic District for Florida's oldest collection of education-related buildings. DeLand Hall, which houses the Office of the President and the offices of other administrators, was constructed in 1884 and is the oldest building in Florida in continuous use for higher education.

In 2003, the Lynn Business Center, housing much of the university's School of Business, was Florida's first green building certified by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Elizabeth Hall, named after John B. Stetson's wife, houses a number of departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The School of Music performs in Lee Chapel in the south of the building. The cupola atop Elizabeth Hall - modeled after the one on Independence Hall in Philadelphia - is used as the official symbol of the undergraduate campus. The building had once served as the college of natural sciences, as well as the library before the introduction of Sampson Hall, which held the books until the Dupont-Ball library was constructed. Currently, the ... [more on wikipedia]

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Stetson University Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Stetson University?

1. number 344 for Academics.

2. number 395 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Stetson University?

1. Loyola University New Orleans

2. Saint Mary's College of California

3. Bethel University

4. Samford University

5. Drake University

6. University of Redlands

7. Loyola University Maryland

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Stetson University National Academic Rankings

Stetson University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Div1 Private393737414031314241
South East Region654460777948478881
State of Florida12712181614132719

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Stetson University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Stetson University

Stetson University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Stetson University
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Loyola University New OrleansLouisianaSouthern States Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage411391
Saint Mary's College of CaliforniaCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage461440
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Samford UniversityAlabamaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage431272
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
University of RedlandsCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage380460
Loyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot LeaguePrivateAboveAverage249245
Champlain CollegeVermontNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage475497
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
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Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
John Brown UniversityArkansasSooner Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage489421
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Benedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...PrivateAboveAverage473490
Saint Edward's UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage418480
Providence CollegeRhode IslandBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage286350
Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Saint Anselm CollegeNew HampshireNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage443423
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAboveAverage298225
Harding UniversityArkansasGreat American ConferencePrivateAboveAverage395316
Xavier UniversityOhioBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage436336
Texas Christian UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateAboveAverage214181
Appalachian State UniversityNorth CarolinaSun Belt ConferencePublicAboveAverage230228
James Madison UniversityVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage196170
Skidmore CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateGood210220
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
Trinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateGood215225
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNew YorkSkyline ConferencePublicAverage490470
High Point UniversityNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePrivateAverage448438
Biola UniversityCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage397467
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
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Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage398372
University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Seton Hall UniversityNew JerseyBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365390
Georgia College and State UniversityGeorgiaPeach Belt ConferencePublicAboveAverage334352
Duquesne UniversityPennsylvaniaNortheast Conference / Atlanti...PrivateAboveAverage346374
Hofstra UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage231298
Covenant CollegeGeorgiaUSA South Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage322432
University of Wisconsin-WhitewaterWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage479363
Eureka CollegeIllinoisUpper Midwest Athletic Confere...PrivateAboveAverage316427
West Chester University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania State Athletic Co...PublicAboveAverage315361
CUNY Bernard M Baruch CollegeNew YorkCity University of New York At...PublicAboveAverage135182
University of OregonOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage174221
The University of AlabamaAlabamaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage175112
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Stetson University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Stetson University

Stetson University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Stetson University
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Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health SciencesNew YorkNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage345462
Southwestern UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage342236
Wofford CollegeSouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage340211
Duquesne UniversityPennsylvaniaNortheast Conference / Atlanti...PrivateAboveAverage346374
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
State University of New York at New PaltzNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicAboveAverage341457
Samford UniversityAlabamaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage431272
America East (Low)-America East-Conf-Average-364
Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
Wentworth Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAverage348352
Monmouth UniversityNew JerseyBig South Conference / Metro A...PrivateAverage478477
Liberty UniversityVirginiaBig South ConferencePrivateAverage230248
Kent State University at KentOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage347358