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

Trinity College

2016 University Academic Rankings

Trinity College is a private liberal arts college in Hartford, Connecticut. Founded in 1823, it is the second-oldest college in the state of Connecticut after Yale University. The college is an urban campus.

Coeducational since 1969, the college enrolls 2,300 students. Trinity offers 38 majors and 26 minors, with a student to faculty ratio of 10:1. The college is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). U.S. News & World Report ranked Trinity tied for 43rd in its 2016 ranking of best national liberal arts colleges in the United States. For the class of 2018, Trinity received 7,507 applications, and accepted 2,480 (33.0%).

History | Early history

In Connecticut, a state dominated by Congregationalists, Episcopalians sought for years to set up their own college. The 1818 Connecticut Constitution disestablished the Congregationalist church and provided an opening, which was taken by Bishop Thomas Brownell. Yale alumni protested vigorously, but Washington College opened in 1824 to nine students. It was renamed Trinity College in 1845; the original campus consisted of two Greek Revival buildings, one housing a chapel, library, and lecture rooms and the other, a dormitory. The trustees sold the campus to the city in 1872. They moved the college to an 80 acre site on the western edge of Hartford. Enrollment reached 122 in 1892. President Remsen Ogilby (1920-43) enlarged the campus, and more than doubled the endowment. The faculty grew from 25 to 62, and the student body from 167 to 530 men. Under President Keith Funston (1943-51), returning veterans expanded the enrollment to 900.

New campus

In 1872, Trinity College was persuaded by the state to move from its downtown “College Hill" location (now Capitol Hill, site of the state capitol building) to its current 100-acre (40 ha) campus a mile southwest. Although the college sold its land overlooking the Park River and Bushnell Park in 1872, it did not complete its move to its Gallows Hill campus until 1878. The original plans for the Gallows Hill site were drawn by the noted Victorian architect William Burges but were too ambitious and too expensive to be fully realized. Only one section of the proposed campus plan, the Long Walk, was completed.

Twentieth century

Trinity ended the nineteenth century as an institution primarily serving the Hartford area. The founding of the University of Hartford in 1957, however, allowed Trinity to focus on becoming a regional institution rather than a local one. The early years of the century were primarily growth years for Trinity. Enrollment was increased to 500 men.

In 1932, under President Remsen Ogilby, the Gothic chapel was completed and became the symbol of Trinity College. It replaced the Seabury chapel which had become too small for the student body.

In 1962, Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) began its first broadcasts in the Trinity College Public Library, and later in Boardman Hall, a science building on campus.

In 1968, the trustees of Trinity College voted to make a commitment to enroll (with financial aid as needed) more minority students. This decision was preceded by a siege of the administrative offices in the Downes and Williams Memorial buildings during which Trinity students would not allow the president or trustees to leave until they agreed to the resolution.

Less than one year later, Trinity College became coeducational and admitted its first female students, as transfers from Vassar College. Today, women make up about 50 percent of Trinity's student body.


Trinity offers three types of degrees: B.A., B.S., as well as M.A. in a few subjects. In total, the college offers 38 majors. Students also have the option of creating a self-designed major or adding an interdisciplinary or dep ... [more on wikipedia]

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Trinity College Details

Trinity College Details
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conferenceNew England Small College Ath Conf
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Trinity College?

1. number 215 for Academics.

2. number 225 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Trinity College?

1. Clark University

2. Muhlenberg College

3. Skidmore College

4. Sewanee-The University of the South

5. Stonehill College

6. Dickinson College

7. John Brown University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Trinity College National Academic Rankings

Trinity College National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
New England Region926170989060607389
State of Connecticut5441143375
Top Ten Top250215117139243222153159203225
Top Ten State of Connecticut544843365

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Trinity College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Trinity College

Trinity College Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Trinity College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
Skidmore CollegeNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateGood210220
Sewanee-The University of the SouthTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244250
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
John Brown UniversityArkansasSooner Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage489421
Wheaton CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateExcellent149114
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
Barnard CollegeNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateExcellent104176
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Saint Anselm CollegeNew HampshireNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage443423
Illinois Wesleyan UniversityIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateAboveAverage298225
Stetson UniversityFloridaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateAboveAverage344395
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Samford UniversityAlabamaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage431272
Kenyon CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent14791
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
Centre CollegeKentuckySouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateGood244198
Elon UniversityNorth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateGood200178
Fordham UniversityNew YorkPatriot League / Atlantic 10 C...PrivateGood109167
Benedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...PrivateAboveAverage473490
Gordon CollegeMassachusettsCommonwealth Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage394475
Champlain CollegeVermontNo Conference AffiliationPrivateAboveAverage475497
Southwestern UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage342236
Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
University of RedlandsCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage380460
University of ScrantonPennsylvaniaLandmark ConferencePrivateAboveAverage399368
Providence CollegeRhode IslandBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage286350
University of DallasTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateAboveAverage282175
Butler UniversityIndianaPioneer Football League / Big ...PrivateAboveAverage349204
Loyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot LeaguePrivateAboveAverage249245
Biola UniversityCaliforniaGolden State Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage397467
Harding UniversityArkansasGreat American ConferencePrivateAboveAverage395316
Xavier UniversityOhioBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage436336
Covenant CollegeGeorgiaUSA South Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage322432
Wake Forest UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent6650
Saint Joseph's UniversityPennsylvaniaAtlantic 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage398372
University of DenverColoradoThe Summit LeaguePrivateAboveAverage204186
Seton Hall UniversityNew JerseyBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage365390
Georgia College and State UniversityGeorgiaPeach Belt ConferencePublicAboveAverage334352
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Loyola Marymount UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage218233

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Trinity College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Trinity College

Trinity College Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Trinity College
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
Pepperdine UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateGood212231
New England Women's & Men's Athletic Conference (Low)-New England Women's & Men's At...-Conf-Good-161
Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Texas Christian UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateAboveAverage214181
Loyola Marymount UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage218233
Mercer UniversityGeorgiaSouthern ConferencePrivateAboveAverage237242
Hofstra UniversityNew YorkColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage231298
College of CharlestonSouth CarolinaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicAboveAverage219233
University of St ThomasMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage238156
Clarkson UniversityNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateAboveAverage211187
Appalachian State UniversityNorth CarolinaSun Belt ConferencePublicAboveAverage230228
Montana State UniversityMontanaBig Sky ConferencePublicAboveAverage217168
University of North FloridaFloridaAtlantic Sun ConferencePublicAboveAverage219214
University of Missouri-St LouisMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePublicAboveAverage242211
American Athletic Conference (Low)-American Athletic Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-162
Ohio UniversityOhioMid American ConferencePublicAverage215174
University of MississippiMississippiSoutheastern ConferencePublicAverage232197
Mid - American Conference (Average)-Mid American Conference-Conf-AboveAverage-185