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

Yeshiva University

2016 University Academic Rankings

The university's undergraduate schools-Yeshiva College, Stern College for Women, and Syms School of Business-offer a dual curriculum inspired by Modern-Centrist-Orthodox Judaism's hashkafa (philosophy) of Torah Umadda ("Torah and secular knowledge") combining academic education with the study of the Torah. Yeshiva is perhaps best known for its secular, highly selective graduate schools, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. The Forward announced on May 27, 2014 that Yeshiva would be shedding the financial burden of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine when the medical school is taken over by the Bronx-based Montefiore Health Systems.

While the majority of students at the University are of the Jewish faith, many students, especially at School of Law, the College of Medicine, and the School of Business, are not Jewish. Yeshiva University is an independent institution chartered by New York State. It is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and by several professional agencies.

Overview and history

The University, having been founded in 1886, is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States that combines Jewish scholarship with studies in the liberal arts, sciences, medicine, law, business, social work, Jewish studies and education, and psychology. It has its roots in the Etz Chaim Yeshiva founded in 1886 on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a cheder-style elementary school founded by Eastern European immigrants that offered study of Talmud along with some secular education, including instruction in English.

As of August 2012, Yeshiva University enrolls approximately 6,400 undergraduate students, 3,500 graduate students, and 1,000 students at its affiliated high schools and Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary. It conferred 1,822 degrees in 2007 and offers community service projects serving New York, Jewish communities, the United States and Canada. Richard M. Joel is Yeshiva University's president, while Rabbi Dr. Norman Lamm served as chancellor until 2013. Joel is the first president of YU who is not a rabbi. The university's past leaders include Dr. Bernard Revel, Dr. Samuel Belkin, and "The Rav," Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik. In April 2015 Moshael Straus was elected as Yeshiva University Board Chief. Straus, will succeed Henry Kressel, whose six years as the head of the university's board overlapped with an era of "financial crisis" at the university. Straus, who currently serves as vice-chairman, has been a member of the board since 1998. His term began on July 1, 2015. The university has run an operating deficit for seven consecutive years. In 2014 it lost $84 million, and in 2013 suffered a loss of $64 million. In March 2015, the faculty of Yeshiva College passed a "no-confidence motion" against Richard Joel, the university president. Professor Gillian Steinberg, a member of the Yeshiva College executive committee, told The New York Jewish Week that the vote was meant to “signal donors in a meaningful way" and “indicate that the board of trustees is moving in the wrong direction."

In January 2016 the University disclosed that it will cede almost half of its $1 billion endowment to the Albert Einstein School of Medicine, as the medical college enters the separate joint venture with Montefiore Health System.


The University's main campus, Wilf Campus, is located in Washington Heights. A 1928 plan to build a spacious Moorish Revival campus around several gardens and courtyards was cancelled by the Great Depression of 1929 after only one building had been erected. Building continued after the Depression in modern style and by the acquisition of existing neighborhood buildings. ... [more on wikipedia]

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Yeshiva University Details

Yeshiva University Details
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stateNew York
conferenceSkyline Conference
overall ROI rank[208
scores validTrue
Common Questions...

What are the academic rankings for Yeshiva University?

1. number 141 for Academics.

2. number 208 for ROI (Return on Investment).

What universities are similar to Yeshiva University?

1. Furman University

2. Union University

3. University of Puget Sound

4. Clark University

5. Denison University

6. Trinity University

7. The College of Wooster

National Academic Rankings

(summary of all ranking placements)

Yeshiva University National Academic Rankings

Yeshiva University National Academic Rankings
category rank scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI
All Nonivy958089100100352298100
New England Region666979889418139888
State of New York1920243332448851
Top Ten Top2501411411652142324533245208

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

Yeshiva University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University Peer Universities, Similar Universities to Yeshiva University
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Furman UniversitySouth CarolinaSouthern ConferencePrivateGood232192
Union UniversityTennesseeGulf South ConferencePrivateGood225213
University of Puget SoundWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateGood227223
Clark UniversityMassachusettsNew England Women's & Men's At...PrivateGood201224
Denison UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood204170
Trinity UniversityTexasSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateGood212170
The College of WoosterOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateGood277317
Creighton UniversityNebraskaBig East ConferencePrivateAboveAverage273190
Baylor UniversityTexasBig Twelve ConferencePrivateGood134128
University of California-Santa BarbaraCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicGood63122
University of IowaIowaBig Ten ConferencePublicGood6879
California Lutheran UniversityCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateAboveAverage481488
Messiah CollegePennsylvaniaMiddle Atlantic States Athleti...PrivateAboveAverage387436
Lipscomb UniversityTennesseeAtlantic Sun ConferencePrivateAboveAverage303255
Oberlin CollegeOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateExcellent8155
Rollins CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage262338
Bethel UniversityMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage423428
Point Loma Nazarene UniversityCaliforniaPacific West ConferencePrivateAboveAverage357440
Siena CollegeNew YorkMetro Atlantic Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage462479
Muhlenberg CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateGood223217
Seattle Pacific UniversityWashingtonGreat Northwest Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage383384
Cedarville UniversityOhioPrivateAboveAverage287278
Concordia College at MoorheadMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage430444
Dickinson CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent187201
Drake UniversityIowaPioneer Football League / Miss...PrivateAboveAverage263136
Hope CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage244227
Dallas Baptist UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage408342
Webster UniversityMissouriSt.Louis Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateAboveAverage458421
Stonehill CollegeMassachusettsNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage467469
Rockhurst UniversityMissouriGreat Lakes Valley ConferencePrivateAboveAverage404250
Catholic University of AmericaWashington DCOld Dominion Athletic Conferen...PrivateAboveAverage381458
DePauw UniversityIndianaNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage304173
Lewis & Clark CollegeOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent179221
Willamette UniversityOregonNorthwest ConferencePrivateAboveAverage300402
Franciscan University of SteubenvilleOhioAllegheny Mountain Collegiate ...PrivateAboveAverage410310
Brandeis UniversityMassachusettsUniversity Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent46116
Saint Michael's CollegeVermontNortheast 10 ConferencePrivateAboveAverage329452
Taylor UniversityIndianaMid - States Football Associat...PrivateAboveAverage391261
Berry CollegeGeorgiaSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateAboveAverage390412
Eckerd CollegeFloridaSunshine State ConferencePrivateAboveAverage495417
Macalester CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent133146
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Occidental CollegeCaliforniaSouthern California Intercoll ...PrivateExcellent158162
Calvin CollegeMichiganMichigan Intercollegiate Athle...PrivateAboveAverage255209
Rhodes CollegeTennesseeSouthern Athletic AssociationPrivateExcellent191147
Saint Edward's UniversityTexasHeartland ConferencePrivateAboveAverage418480
Wittenberg UniversityOhioNorth Coast Athletic ConferencePrivateAboveAverage441295
University of Mary WashingtonVirginiaCapital Athletic ConferencePublicAboveAverage424386
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Academic Peer Universities / Similar Academics

(mathematically similar academics)

Yeshiva University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Yeshiva University

Yeshiva University Academic Peer Universities, Similar Academic Universities to Yeshiva University
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West Coast Conference (Average)-West Coast Conference-Conf-Good-155
Big East Conference (Average)-Big East Conference-Conf-Good-144
University of Massachusetts-AmherstMassachusettsMid - American Conference / At...PublicAboveAverage88144
Patriot League (Low)-Patriot League-Conf-Good-84
California Polytechnic State University-San Luis ObispoCaliforniaBig Sky Conference / Big West ...PublicGood9688
Illinois Institute of TechnologyIllinoisDivision III IndependentsPrivateGood12255
University of TulsaOklahomaAmerican Athletic ConferencePrivateGood13975
Rochester Institute of TechnologyNew YorkUpstate Collegiate Athletic As...PrivateAboveAverage151195
United States Military AcademyNew YorkDivision I-A Independents / Pa...PublicGood14578
Rose-Hulman Institute of TechnologyIndianaHeartland Collegiate Athletic ...PrivateExcellent15960
St Olaf CollegeMinnesotaMinnesota Intercollegiate Ath ConfPrivateExcellent144127
America East (Average)-America East-Conf-AboveAverage-202
Auburn UniversityAlabamaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage13979
Whitman CollegeWashingtonNorthwest ConferencePrivateExcellent153154
Davidson CollegeNorth CarolinaPioneer Football League / Atla...PrivateExcellent155129
Wheaton CollegeIllinoisCollege Conference of Illinois...PrivateExcellent149114
Colorado CollegeColoradoSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...PrivateExcellent149160
Arizona State University-TempeArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage10182
Iowa State UniversityIowaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAboveAverage12971
Syracuse UniversityNew YorkAtlantic Coast ConferencePrivateAboveAverage172216
University of Oklahoma-Norman CampusOklahomaBig Twelve ConferencePublicAboveAverage13754
Bryn Mawr CollegePennsylvaniaCentennial ConferencePrivateExcellent137205
University of UtahUtahPacific 12 ConferencePublicAboveAverage14286
University of California-IrvineCaliforniaBig West ConferencePublicAboveAverage108162
Colorado State University-Fort CollinsColoradoMountain West ConferencePublicAboveAverage143139
Hamilton CollegeNew YorkNew England Small College Ath ConfPrivateElite115153
Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLouisianaSoutheastern ConferencePublicAboveAverage14888
University of ArizonaArizonaPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage12486
Oregon State UniversityOregonPacific 12 ConferencePublicAverage152202
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