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

University of Miami

2016 University Academic Rankings

The University of Miami (informally referred to as UM, U of M, or The U) is a private, nonsectarian research university located in Coral Gables, Florida, United States. As of 2014, the university currently enrolls 16,774 students in 12 separate colleges/schools, including a medical school located in Miami's Civic Center neighborhood, a law school on the main campus, and a school focused on the study of oceanography and atmospheric sciences on Virginia Key, with a research facilities at the Richmond Facility in southern Miami-Dade County. These colleges offer approximately 115 undergraduate, 104 master's, and 63 doctoral of which 59 are research/scholarship and four professional areas of study. Over the years, the University's students have represented all 50 states and close to 150 foreign countries. With more than 14,000 full and part-time faculty and staff, UM is the sixth largest employer in Miami-Dade County.

Research is a component of each academic division, with UM attracting $346.6 million per year in sponsored research grants. UM offers a large library system with over 3.1 million volumes and exceptional holdings in Cuban heritage and music. UM also offers a wide range of student activities, including fraternities and sororities, a student newspaper and radio station. UM's intercollegiate athletic teams, collectively known as the Miami Hurricanes, compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and its football team has won five national championships since 1983.


A group of citizens chartered the University of Miami (UM) in 1925 with the intent to offer "unique opportunities to develop inter-American studies, to further creative work in the arts and letters, and to conduct teaching and research programs in tropical studies." They believed that a local university would benefit their community. They were overly optimistic about future financial support for UM because the South Florida land boom was at its peak. During the Jim Crow era, there were three large state-funded universities in Florida for white males, white females, and black coeds (UF, FSU, and FAMU, respectively); in this accord, UM was founded as a white, coeducational institution.

The University began in earnest in 1925 when George E. Merrick, the founder of Coral Gables, gave 160 acres (0.6 km2) and nearly $5 million, ($67.5 million, adjusted for current inflation) to the effort. These contributions were land contracts and mortgages on real estate that had been sold in the city. The University was chartered on April 18, 1925 by the Circuit Court for Dade County. By the fall of 1926, when the first class of 372 students enrolled at UM, the land boom had collapsed, and hopes for a speedy recovery were dashed by a major hurricane. For the next 15 years the University barely remained solvent. The construction of the first building on campus, now known as the Merrick Building, was left half built for over two decades due to economic difficulties. In the meantime, classes were held at the nearby Anastasia Hotel, with partitions separating classrooms, giving the University the early nickname of "Cardboard College."

In 1929, Walsh and the other members of the Board of Regents resigned in the wake of the collapse of the Florida economy. UM's plight was so severe that students went door to door in Coral Gables collecting funds to keep it open. A reconstituted ten-member Board was chaired by UM's first president Bowman Foster Ashe (1926-1952). The new board included Merrick, Theodore Dickinson, E.B. Douglas, David Fairchild, James H. Gilman, Richardson Saunders, Frank B. Shutts, Joseph H. Adams, and J. C. Penney. In 1930, several faculty members and more than 60 students came to UM when the ... [more on wikipedia]

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University of Miami Details

University of Miami Details
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conferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
overall ROI rank[93
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for University of Miami?

1. number 44 for Academics.

2. number 93 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to University of Miami?

1. University of Virginia

2. University of Rochester

3. University of Pennsylvania

4. SUNY at Binghamton

5. Northeastern University

6. Northwestern University

7. Cornell University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

University of Miami National Academic Rankings

University of Miami National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy405148365176357258
Div1 Nonivy251717233274298154
Div1 Private172017181825143628
Stem Low363548314271368264
Atlantic Coast Conference8657101561411
South East Region87681125116130
State of Florida2112462146
Top Ten Top25044676044591314716393
Top Ten Atlantic Coast Conference765791061010
Top Ten South East Region865881091010
Top Ten State of Florida211246264

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

University of Miami Peer Universities, Similar Universities to University of Miami

University of Miami Peer Universities, Similar Universities to University of Miami
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University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIvy LeaguePrivateElite127
SUNY at BinghamtonNew YorkAmerica EastPublicExcellent65125
Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
Northwestern UniversityIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePrivateElite1113
Cornell UniversityNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateElite1539
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateElite742
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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood7540
University of Maryland-College ParkMarylandBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3460
University of Michigan-Ann ArborMichiganBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent1716
University of California-Los AngelesCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePublicExcellent2984
University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent2417
University of Minnesota-Twin CitiesMinnesotaBig Ten ConferencePublicExcellent3022
Harvard UniversityMassachusettsIvy LeaguePrivateElite210
The University of Texas at DallasTexasAmerican Southwest ConferencePublicGood7055
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
Washington University in St LouisMissouriUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite86
Villanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent9968
Vanderbilt UniversityTennesseeSoutheastern ConferencePrivateElite148
University of ConnecticutConnecticutBig East ConferencePublicGood87139
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPennsylvaniaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood5075
University of ChicagoIllinoisUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite1014
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Yale UniversityConnecticutIvy LeaguePrivateElite337
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite2334
Lehigh UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent6932
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicGood5566
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Rice UniversityTexasConference USAPrivateElite204
University of FloridaFloridaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood4338
Bucknell UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent13193
The University of Texas at AustinTexasBig Twelve ConferencePublicGood3851
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043
Lafayette CollegePennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent165106
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Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
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Grinnell CollegeIowaMidwest ConferencePrivateExcellent114123
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Reed CollegeOregonNo Conference AffiliationPrivateExcellent106144
University of Alabama at BirminghamAlabamaConference USAPublicAboveAverage153148
Boston CollegeMassachusettsAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4775
University of Hawaii at ManoaHawaiiMountain West Conference / Big...PublicAverage204245
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

University of Miami Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to University of Miami

University of Miami Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to University of Miami
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Wake Forest UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent6650
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Lehigh UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent6932
Boston UniversityMassachusettsPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent45116
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
University of RochesterNew YorkUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3993
Ivy League (Low)-Ivy League-Conf-Elite-21
Boston CollegeMassachusettsAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4775
University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite2281
University of FloridaFloridaSoutheastern ConferencePublicGood4338
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Northeastern UniversityMassachusettsColonial Athletic AssociationPrivateElite40109
Swarthmore CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite6748
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
Ohio State UniversityOhioBig Ten ConferencePublicGood4043
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh CampusPennsylvaniaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood5075
Carleton CollegeMinnesotaMidwest ConferencePrivateElite8443
Bowdoin CollegeMaineNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite64162
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
Harvey Mudd CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite4919
University of Washington-Seattle CampusWashingtonPacific 12 ConferencePublicGood5566
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
North Carolina State University at RaleighNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicAboveAverage5831
Franklin W Olin College of EngineeringMassachusettsNo Conference AffiliationPrivateElite4853
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State UniversityVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicGood7540
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