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

Sunshine State Conference (Average)

2016 University Academic Rankings

The Sunshine State Conference is a collegiate athletic conference that was originally formed in 1975 as a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II men's basketball conference. It has since expanded to sponsor championships in 18 sports, including men's and women's basketball, baseball, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's lacrosse, women's rowing, men's and women's soccer, softball, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's tennis, women's volleyball. SSC institutions have won a total of 94 NCAA national team championships, including seven in the 2014-15 academic year. The conference has also claimed a total of 78 national runner-up trophies, including four in 2014-15.

The conference was preceded by the Florida Intercollegiate Conference, which was disbanded in the mid-1960s. The Sunshine State Conference was founded in 1975 by Saint Leo University (then a college) Basketball Coach & Athletic Director Norm Kaye. Kaye served as Commissioner the first year until Dick Pace was named Commissioner in 1976. Kaye continued as Executive Director of the Conference for an additional 12 years. Pace was inducted into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame in 1985.

The six charter Conference members were: Biscayne College (now called St. Thomas University), Florida Technological University (now University of Central Florida), Eckerd College, Florida Southern College, Rollins College, and Saint Leo College.

The Conference has had dozens of athletes go on to have successful professional careers. Some examples include: Current PGA Tour players Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate went to Florida Southern. Janzen won golf's U.S. Open in 1993 & 1998; on the baseball side are Tim Wakefield (Florida Tech), Ryan Hanigan (Rollins), Bob Tewksbury (Saint Leo), and J.D. Martinez (Nova Southeastern). Wakefield tied a career high of 17 wins pitching for the 2007 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox and Tewksbury was third in balloting for the National League Cy Young Award while going 16-5 for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1992.

Membership | Current members | Former members | Membership timeline | Conference facilities | National Championships | Championships by season

2014-157Tampa baseball • Florida Southern basketball (M) • Nova Southeastern golf (M) • Barry rowing • Lynn soccer (M) • Barry tennis (M) • Tampa volleyball

Championships by school | Controversy

On July 17, 2007, NCAA vacated Lynn's 2005 Women's Division II Softball Championship due to extra benefits given to two players. The NCAA found that former coach Thomas Macera gave two Lynn softball players cash payments totaling more than $3,000. Lynn was also placed on probation for two years. Lynn University originally won 12 National Championships at the Division II level, but now the NCAA only recognizes 11 of them because of the unsanctioned actions.

Mayors' Cup Champions

The Mayors' Cup was originally presented following the 1986-87 academic year to recognize the annual SSC all-sports champion. The men's division recognizes competition in eight sports: cross country, soccer, basketball, swimming, baseball, golf, lacrosse, and tennis. The women's division recognizes competition in nine sports: cross country, soccer, volleyball, basketball, swimming, golf, rowing, softball, and tennis.

Sports | Men's sponsored sports by school | Women's sponsored sports by school | Other sponsored sports by school | References | External links

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Sunshine State Conference (Average)?

1. number - for Academics.

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

What universities are similar to Sunshine State Conference (Average)?

1. Mercer University

2. Creighton University

3. University of the Pacific

4. Manhattan College

5. Valparaiso University

6. Howard University

7. Rutgers University-Newark

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Sunshine State Conference National Academic Rankings

Sunshine State 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)

Sunshine State Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Sunshine State Conference

Sunshine State Conference Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Sunshine State Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
University of the PacificCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage251344
Manhattan CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage460378
Valparaiso UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Hori...PrivateAverage407281
Howard UniversityWashington DCMid Eastern Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage343429
Rutgers University-NewarkNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage371392
University of IdahoIdahoSun Belt Conference / Big Sky ...PublicAverage379216
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleIllinoisOhio Valley ConferencePublicAverage438368
University of North DakotaNorth DakotaBig Sky ConferencePublicAverage363266
Cleveland State UniversityOhioHorizon LeaguePublicAverage440299
Wichita State UniversityKansasMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAverage382307
University of Southern MississippiMississippiConference USAPublicAverage493423
North Dakota State UniversityNorth DakotaMissouri Valley Conference / T...PublicAverage261196
University of Nebraska at OmahaNebraskaThe Summit LeaguePublicAverage491364
CUNY Brooklyn CollegeNew YorkCity University of New York At...PublicAverage296394
Northern Illinois UniversityIllinoisMid American ConferencePublicAverage435289
University of ToledoOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage405285
University of Nevada-RenoNevadaMountain West ConferencePublicAverage289340
Oakland UniversityMichiganHorizon LeaguePublicAverage417270
University of MemphisTennesseeAmerican Athletic ConferencePublicAverage359314
Illinois State UniversityIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePublicAverage279222
University of California-RiversideCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAverage167212
Boise State UniversityIdahoMountain West ConferencePublicAverage389329
University of Akron Main CampusOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage331251
Middle Tennessee State UniversityTennesseeConference USAPublicAverage384372
Kansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage249168
Oklahoma State UniversityOklahomaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAverage182124
University of North Carolina at CharlotteNorth CarolinaDivision I-AA Independents / C...PublicAverage292207
Washington State UniversityWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage189193
Oregon State UniversityOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage152202
Florida Atlantic UniversityFloridaConference USAPublicAverage305303
San Diego State UniversityCaliforniaMountain West ConferencePublicAverage183218
California State University-Long BeachCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAverage318387
Bradley UniversityIllinoisMissouri Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage326177
Christopher Newport UniversityVirginiaUSA South Athletic Conference ...PublicAboveAverage268320
University of North Carolina at AshevilleNorth CarolinaBig South ConferencePublicAboveAverage242319
University of PortlandOregonWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage235245
Truman State UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage208189
Webster UniversityMissouriSt.Louis Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage458421
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
University of Louisiana at MonroeLouisianaSun Belt ConferencePublicAverage485352
Pacific Lutheran UniversityWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAverage439431
The Richard Stockton College of New JerseyNew JerseyNew Jersey Athletic ConferencePublicAverage350429
Marquette UniversityWisconsinBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage197121
University of DaytonOhioPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage278138
University of MaineMaineAtlantic 10 Conference / Ameri...PublicAverage248245
Louisiana Tech UniversityLouisianaConference USAPublicAverage392213
University of Colorado Colorado SpringsColoradoRocky Mountain Athletic ConferencePublicAverage451347
University of Wisconsin-La CrosseWisconsinWisconsin Intercollegiate Ath ConfPublicAverage302258

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Sunshine State Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Sunshine State Conference

Sunshine State Conference Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Sunshine State Conference
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Baldwin Wallace UniversityOhioOhio Athletic ConferencePrivateAverage494447
Bellarmine UniversityKentuckyGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAverage495365
Presidents' Athletic Conference (Average)-Presidents' Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1
College Conference of Illinois and Wisc (Average)-College Conference of Illinois...-Conf-AboveAverage-386
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (Average)-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-458
Eckerd CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage495417
SUNY at Purchase CollegeNew YorkSkyline ConferencePublicAverage490470
Landmark Conference (Low)-Landmark Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-481
Capital Athletic Conference (Average)-Capital Athletic Conference-Conf-Average-481
Northland CollegeWisconsinUpper Midwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage497498
Berea CollegeKentuckyIndependent Southeast RegionPrivateAboveAverage497494
Old Dominion Athletic Conference (Average)-Old Dominion Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-485
Division III Independents (Average)-Division III Independents-Conf-Average-472
University of Southern MississippiMississippiConference USAPublicAverage493423
University of Nebraska at OmahaNebraskaThe Summit LeaguePublicAverage491364
Western Athletic Conference (Average)-Western Athletic Conference-Conf-Average--1
Western Kentucky UniversityKentuckyConference USAPublicBelowAverage491433