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

SUNY College at Geneseo

2016 University Academic Rankings

The State University of New York at Geneseo, also known as SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo State College or, colloquially, "Geneseo", is a college in the State University of New York (SUNY) system in Geneseo, Livingston County, New York, United States. Originally, the college was founded in 1871 as the Wadsworth Normal and Training School before becoming a state liberal arts college in 1948.


Geneseo is classified as a four-year public liberal arts college. It has 48 undergraduate majors, five graduate programs (Master's only) and 25 interdisciplinary minors. The most popular majors, in descending order, are education, business, the social sciences, biology, and psychology.

The student population is approximately 5,500, with a student/faculty ratio of 19:1 and an average class size of 25. Nearly 90% of Geneseo's full-time faculty holds a Ph.D. or other terminal degree. Geneseo ranks number one in the nation for four-year graduation rates among comprehensive colleges and is tied for highest freshman retention rate out of any public college or university in New York.

Geneseo is part of the New York Space Grant Consortium, and is provided grants by NASA to support outer-space related research on-campus. Due to this participation, Geneseo is designated as a "space-grant" institution.

Humanities and core curriculum

One of the hallmarks of SUNY Geneseo's curriculum is the requirement each student take two 4 credit survey courses in western humanities, in addition to a wide distribution of core courses in the arts and sciences. "Western Humanities 1" and "Western Humanities 2", as they are called, are taught by faculty members from various departments. Individual course syllabi share many historical, philosophical, and literary texts with other courses creating a common knowledge base within the undergraduate student body. A distribution of core courses in the humanities, languages, and sciences further ensures Geneseo students are well versed in the liberal arts tradition of education. The entire general education curriculum outlined below must be completed by all students.

Study abroad

Nearly 40% of Geneseo's students participate in study abroad programs through the College or the SUNY system. One of Geneseo's most popular study abroad programs is its offering of the Humanities I course in either Rome, Athens or New York City, and the Humanities II course in either Paris, Prague, El Sauce, or at Oxford University. The most well-known program is the Mediterranean Roots Humanities I program where students travel to Greece, Italy and Spain for (up to) six weeks.

Administration | Rankings and Admissions

In 2008, Kiplinger's Personal Finance reported Geneseo "could just be the best public college you've never heard of", and ranked it the nation's best value for out-of-state students. Geneseo has earned a spot among Kiplinger's Top Ten "Best Value Public Colleges," both in and out-of-state, since 2005.

US News & World Report's 2005 edition of Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked Geneseo No. 12 in the "Best Universities-Master's" category for all colleges, public or private, in the northern region. Geneseo was also ranked second among the top public universities in the north.

U.S. News & World Report magazine named Geneseo among 80 colleges and universities in the country with a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching. The special list is part the magazine's 2010 rankings of the country's top colleges and universities.

Geneseo is among 44 “Best Buy Schools" in the 2016 edition of “The Fiske Guide to Colleges" published by former New York Times Education Editor Edward B. Fiske. The publication named 44 institutions - 20 public and 24 private - as “Best Buys," categorized as inexpensive or moderately priced with a four- or five-st ... [more on wikipedia]

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SUNY College at Geneseo Details

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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for SUNY College at Geneseo?

1. number 111 for Academics.

2. number 184 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to SUNY College at Geneseo?

1. University of Rochester

2. Southern Methodist University

3. Villanova University

4. Emory University

5. Yale University

6. Princeton University

7. University of Chicago

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

SUNY College at Geneseo National Academic Rankings

SUNY College at Geneseo National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Stem Low734864587780809895
New England Region555151386360609077
State of New York151415101723214123
Top Ten Top250111939991149153159230184

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