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

State of Connecticut University Academic Rankings

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2016 Connecticut University Academic Rankings

2016 Connecticut University Academic Rankings
rank value image public university state conference scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research r pop r stem r other salary ROI overall ROI scores value difficulty value smartest value brainpower value faculty value research value salary ROI value overall ROI value scores level stem drop gpa avg research undergrads grads salary price scores valid
PrivateYale UniversityConnecticutIvy League111111111312258|940.84|792266|942211|9215|951.00|991336834|672.00|982258/1505/34Elite2133.50646547768596030063970True
PrivateWesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath Conf232333333532103|882.15|462035|851929|80300|03.00|971139275|573.50|972103/1402/32Elite1783.40029282964640064163True
PublicUniversity of ConnecticutConnecticutBig East Conference553222222431852|772.54|372032|851964|82128|582.00|981173029|593.50|971852/1235/28Good26163.102501839581465190048454True
PublicUnited States Coast Guard AcademyConnecticutNew England Football Conferenc...3210533333121901|792.09|481402|581498|62300|03.00|971639597|822.50|981901/1267/29Good77173.1008960782002393True
PrivateTrinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath Conf4411433333751898|792.50|371396|581564|65300|03.00|971065229|536.00|941898/1265/28Good10133.1002316924990064256True
PrivateQuinnipiac UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference6647333331261640|682.71|321722|721412|59300|03.00|97927735|468.50|921640/1093/25Average8232.800655324825120057360True
PrivateUniversity of HartfordConnecticutAmerica East7768333331171570|652.79|301602|671286|54300|03.00|97991314|509.00|911570/1047/24Average23422.800518016374690049526True
PublicCentral Connecticut State UniversityConnecticutNortheast Conference148563333315121505|632.84|291689|701434|60300|03.00|97901391|4511.50|891505/1003/23Average37492.800987121664430036181True
PrivateUniversity of New HavenConnecticutNortheast 10 Conference1097103333314121540|642.86|291566|651241|52300|03.00|97914437|4611.50|891540/1027/23Average12452.800504817634870051504True
PublicEastern Connecticut State UniversityConnecticutLittle East Conference11108113333313121530|642.86|291561|651231|51300|03.00|97915749|4611.50|891530/1020/23Average17492.80051391484330036174True
PublicUniversity of Connecticut-Tri-CampusConnecticutNo Conference Affiliation1211131233333881520|632.91|271040|43952|40300|03.00|971060304|539.50|911520/1013/23Average0462.80023840519000True
PublicUniversity of Connecticut-StamfordConnecticutNo Conference Affiliation12111413333338101520|632.91|27640|27838|35300|03.00|971060304|5310.00|901520/1013/23Average0412.80014850519000True
PublicSouthern Connecticut State UniversityConnecticutNortheast 10 Conference1715993333318171395|583.05|241558|651253|52300|03.00|97827430|4115.50|851395/930/21BelowAverage12512.800813326924460035191True
PrivateSacred Heart UniversityConnecticutNortheast Conference81818183333316161565|654.00|0-2400|0-2400|0300|03.00|97857720|4315.00|851565/1043/23Unknown9322.800499727845020054264False
PrivateFairfield UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference8181818333336101565|654.00|0-2400|0-2400|0300|03.00|971068284|5310.00|901565/1043/23Unknown14182.800398211415430059840False
PublicUniversity of Connecticut-Avery PointConnecticutNo Conference Affiliation14131515333338151505|632.93|27610|25763|32300|03.00|971060304|5312.00|881505/1003/23Average0502.8007090519000True
PrivateUniversity of Saint JosephConnecticutGreat Northeast Athletic Conference1614161633333281425|593.00|25450|19645|27300|03.00|971407926|709.50|911425/950/21BelowAverage20412.80098715786030051731True
PrivateUniversity of BridgeportConnecticutEast Coast Conference181612143333317181375|573.07|231162|48779|32300|03.00|97832426|4217.50|831375/917/21BelowAverage9732.800302121704240051183True
PrivateAlbertus Magnus CollegeConnecticutGreat Northeast Athletic Conference191717173333319191270|533.16|21140|6384|16300|03.00|97778072|3919.00|811270/847/19BelowAverage9482.80012562944270048650True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in Connecticut?

1. Yale University

2. Wesleyan University

3. University of Connecticut

4. United States Coast Guard Academy

5. Trinity College

6. Quinnipiac University

7. University of Hartford

2016 Top 10 Connecticut University Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Connecticut University Academic Rankings
rank value public name state conference scores difficulty smartest brainpower faculty research salary ROI overall ROI scores level stem drop gpa avg research undergrads grads salary price
11.00PrivateYale UniversityConnecticutIvy League111111212258/1505/34Elite2133.50646547768596030063970
22.67PrivateWesleyan UniversityConnecticutNew England Small College Ath Conf232333432103/1402/32Elite1783.40029282964640064163
33.17PublicUniversity of ConnecticutConnecticutBig East Conference553222331852/1235/28Good26163.102501839581465190048454
43.83PublicUnited States Coast Guard AcademyConnecticutNew England Football Conferenc...327533121901/1267/29Good77173.1008960782002393
54.33PrivateTrinity CollegeConnecticutNew England Small College Ath Conf448433651898/1265/28Good10133.1002316924990064256
64.83PrivateQuinnipiac UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference664733861640/1093/25Average8232.800655324825120057360
76.09PrivateUniversity of HartfordConnecticutAmerica East776833761570/1047/24Average23422.800518016374690049526
86.35PublicCentral Connecticut State UniversityConnecticutNortheast Conference1085633991505/1003/23Average37492.800987121664430036181
96.83PrivateFairfield UniversityConnecticutMetro Atlantic Athletic Conference899933561565/1043/23Unknown14182.800398211415430059840
96.83PrivateSacred Heart UniversityConnecticutNortheast Conference89993310101565/1043/23Unknown9322.800499727845020054264