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

Yale University

2016 University Academic Rankings

Yale University is an American private Ivy League research university in New Haven, Connecticut. Founded in 1701 in Saybrook Colony as the Collegiate School, the University is the third-oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The school was renamed Yale College in 1718 in recognition of a gift from Elihu Yale, who was governor of the British East India Company. Established to train Congregationalist ministers in theology and sacred languages, by 1777 the school's curriculum began to incorporate humanities and sciences. In the 19th century the school incorporated graduate and professional instruction, awarding the first Ph.D. in the United States in 1861 and organizing as a university in 1887.

Yale is organized into fourteen constituent schools: the original undergraduate college, the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and twelve professional schools. While the university is governed by the Yale Corporation, each school's faculty oversees its curriculum and degree programs. In addition to a central campus in downtown New Haven, the University owns athletic facilities in western New Haven, including the Yale Bowl, a campus in West Haven, Connecticut, and forest and nature preserves throughout New England. The university's assets include an endowment valued at $25.6 billion as of September 2015, the second largest of any educational institution.The Yale University Library, serving all constituent schools, holds more than 15 million volumes and is the third-largest academic library in the United States.

Yale College undergraduates follow a liberal arts curriculum with departmental majors and are organized into a system of residential colleges. Almost all faculty teach undergraduate courses, more than 2,000 of which are offered annually. Students compete intercollegiately as the Yale Bulldogs in the NCAA Division I Ivy League.

Yale has graduated many notable alumni, including five U.S. Presidents, 19 U.S. Supreme Court Justices, 13 living billionaires, and many foreign heads of state. In addition, Yale has graduated hundreds of members of Congress and many high-level U.S. diplomats. 52 Nobel laureates, 5 Fields Medalists, 230 Rhodes Scholars, and 118 Marshall Scholars have been affiliated with the University.

History | Early history of Yale College | Origins

Yale traces its beginnings to "An Act for Liberty to Erect a Collegiate School," passed by the General Court of the Colony of Connecticut on October 9, 1701, while meeting in New Haven. The Act was an effort to create an institution to train ministers and lay leadership for Connecticut. Soon thereafter, a group of ten Congregationalist ministers: Samuel Andrew, Thomas Buckingham, Israel Chauncy, Samuel Mather, Rev. James Noyes II (son of James Noyes), James Pierpont, Abraham Pierson, Noadiah Russell, Joseph Webb and Timothy Woodbridge, all alumni of Harvard, met in the study of Reverend Samuel Russell in Branford, Connecticut, to pool their books to form the school's library. The group, led by James Pierpont, is now known as "The Founders".

Originally known as the "Collegiate School," the institution opened in the home of its first rector, Abraham Pierson, in Killingworth (now Clinton). The school moved to Saybrook, and then Wethersfield. In 1716 the college moved to New Haven, Connecticut.

Meanwhile, there was a rift forming at Harvard between its sixth president Increase Mather and the rest of the Harvard clergy, whom Mather viewed as increasingly liberal, ecclesiastically lax, and overly broad in Church polity. The feud caused the Mathers to champion the success of the Collegiate School in the hope that it would maintain the Puritan religious orthodoxy in a way that Harvard had not.

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Yale University Details

Yale University Details
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overall ROI rank[37
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Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Yale University?

1. number 3 for Academics.

2. number 37 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Yale University?

1. Vanderbilt University

2. Stanford University

3. Washington University in St Louis

4. Princeton University

5. University of Chicago

6. Tufts University

7. Johns Hopkins University

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Yale University National Academic Rankings

Yale University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
Div1 Private23623442712
Ivy League234233174
New England Region2372343318
State of Connecticut111111131
Top Ten Top250351435121311437
Top Ten All559356598
Top Ten Div1336235595
Top Ten Div1 Private336234496
Top Ten Private559355598
Top Ten Ivy League234233174
Top Ten New England Region235233385
Top Ten State of Connecticut111111121

Peer Universities / Similar Universities

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

Yale University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Yale University

Yale University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Yale University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Vanderbilt UniversityTennesseeSoutheastern ConferencePrivateElite148
Stanford UniversityCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite917
Washington University in St LouisMissouriUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite86
Princeton UniversityNew JerseyIvy LeaguePrivateElite411
University of ChicagoIllinoisUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite1014
Tufts UniversityMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite2334
Johns Hopkins UniversityMarylandCentennial ConferencePrivateElite1647
Brown UniversityRhode IslandIvy LeaguePrivateElite2534
Dartmouth CollegeNew HampshireIvy LeaguePrivateElite1921
Emory UniversityGeorgiaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent3629
Southern Methodist UniversityTexasAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8073
University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIvy LeaguePrivateElite127
Santa Clara UniversityCaliforniaWest Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent12398
SUNY College at GeneseoNew YorkState University of New York A...PublicExcellent111184
College of William and MaryVirginiaColonial Athletic AssociationPublicExcellent5460
Duke UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite133
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsNew England Football Conferenc...PrivateElite52
Villanova UniversityPennsylvaniaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent9968
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
University of Notre DameIndianaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite3112
Northwestern UniversityIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePrivateElite1113
Wesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite73137
Harvard UniversityMassachusettsIvy LeaguePrivateElite210
University of MiamiFloridaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateExcellent4493
Wellesley CollegeMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateElite78158
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Washington and Lee UniversityVirginiaOld Dominion Athletic ConferencePrivateElite11746
University of VirginiaVirginiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3227
Amherst CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite86158
Pomona CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite52125
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicExcellent3764
University of Southern CaliforniaCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite2281
Swarthmore CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateElite6748
University of California-Los AngelesCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePublicExcellent2984
Carnegie Mellon UniversityPennsylvaniaUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite219
Case Western Reserve UniversityOhioPresidents' Athletic Conferenc...PrivateExcellent2814
Georgetown UniversityWashington DCPatriot League / Big East Conf...PrivateElite4288
Bucknell UniversityPennsylvaniaPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent13193
University of RichmondVirginiaColonial Athletic Association ...PrivateExcellent128150
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Colgate UniversityNew YorkPatriot LeaguePrivateExcellent9283
Gettysburg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent170148
Union CollegeKentuckyMid - South Conference / Appal...PrivateBelowAverage162178
SUNY at BinghamtonNew YorkAmerica EastPublicExcellent65125
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Cornell UniversityNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateElite1539
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Williams CollegeMassachusettsNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite58161
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160

Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Yale University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Yale University

Yale University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Yale University
match image university state conference public level rank overall ROI
Princeton UniversityNew JerseyIvy LeaguePrivateElite411
Harvard UniversityMassachusettsIvy LeaguePrivateElite210
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMassachusettsNew England Football Conferenc...PrivateElite52
University of ChicagoIllinoisUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite1014
California Institute of TechnologyCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateElite15
Vanderbilt UniversityTennesseeSoutheastern ConferencePrivateElite148
Columbia University in the City of New YorkNew YorkIvy LeaguePrivateElite742
Washington University in St LouisMissouriUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateElite86
Georgia Institute of TechnologyGeorgiaAtlantic Coast ConferencePublicElite61
Stanford UniversityCaliforniaPacific 12 ConferencePrivateElite917
Northwestern UniversityIllinoisBig Ten ConferencePrivateElite1113
Ivy League (Average)-Ivy League-Conf-Elite-20
University of PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIvy LeaguePrivateElite127
Duke UniversityNorth CarolinaAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateElite133