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 Kansas University Academic Rankings

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2016 Kansas University Academic Rankings

2016 Kansas 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
PublicUniversity of KansasKansasBig Twelve Conference241111111211667|692.78|301913|801828|76116|621.00|991395010|701.50|991667/1111/25AboveAverage22362.952861934378374530039405True
PublicKansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve Conference312222122111600|672.72|321875|781786|74137|541.67|981442029|721.50|991600/1067/24Average31412.801692032744394790035896True
PublicWichita State UniversityKansasMissouri Valley Conference433333333531600|672.77|311798|751571|65197|353.00|971276860|644.00|961600/1066/24Average32512.80541197730184130028325True
PrivateBenedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...12854444424151700|712.77|311000|421169|49300|04.00|96721717|3614.00|861700/1133/26AboveAverage9422.9502100383190039150True
PrivateBaker UniversityKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...7510944444741520|632.87|28640|27847|35300|04.00|961184611|596.00|941520/1013/23Average17392.800184811094370040393True
PrivateMcPherson CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf669104444420131545|642.87|28690|29821|34300|04.00|96729669|3613.00|871545/1030/23Average10542.800619403190037162True
PrivateNewman UniversityKansasHeartland Conference97784444418101505|632.87|281242|52967|40300|04.00|96734997|3712.00|881505/1003/23Average61722.80027329553190035830True
PublicEmporia State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...10967444441071476|622.95|261415|591091|45300|04.00|961149258|579.00|911476/984/22BelowAverage30552.800392421903580029686True
PublicPittsburg State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...12115644444651433|602.97|261526|641137|47300|04.00|961223324|617.50|931433/956/22BelowAverage37472.800627012093930027966True
PublicFort Hays State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...16164444444981400|583.04|241642|681359|57300|04.00|961168969|589.50|911400/933/21BelowAverage18562.8001164321824010025369True
PrivateBarclay CollegeKansasNo Conference Affiliation8811144444414111510|632.93|27620|26620|26300|04.00|96772757|3912.50|881510/1007/23Average0592.800229223190026390True
PrivateSterling CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf111212114444417161470|612.97|26540|23701|29300|04.00|96749873|3714.50|861470/980/22BelowAverage12522.80072003190032111True
PrivateSouthwestern CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf1510151344444461409|592.96|26417|17634|26300|04.00|961337340|678.50|921409/939/21BelowAverage69432.80013233044660037942True
PrivateKansas Wesleyan UniversityKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf131313154444422191425|593.00|25450|19610|25300|04.00|96725517|3618.00|821425/950/21BelowAverage36582.800667433190038200True
PrivateMidAmerica Nazarene UniversityKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...141514124444412141410|593.03|24420|18639|27300|04.00|961025193|5113.50|871410/940/21BelowAverage16562.80013685023790035965True
PrivateBethel College-North NewtonKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf161416224444413161400|583.02|24400|17400|17300|04.00|96919779|4614.50|861400/933/21BelowAverage23472.80048303710036360True
PublicWashburn UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...5242424444448111565|654.00|0-2400|0-2400|0300|04.00|961183884|5912.50|881565/1043/23Unknown0592.80059018214200025305False
PrivateTabor CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf191718184444421211385|583.05|24370|15548|23300|04.00|96725637|3619.50|811385/923/21BelowAverage14472.800735313190038170True
PrivateUniversity of Saint MaryKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf1818171644444391390|583.05|24380|16577|24300|04.00|961373048|6911.00|891390/927/21BelowAverage20582.8009175194480036039True
PrivateCentral Christian College of KansasKansasMidlands Collegiate Athletic Conf202019174444416191365|573.09|23330|14549|23300|04.00|96770301|3918.00|821365/910/20BelowAverage0592.800116503190027004True
PrivateBethany CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf212120204444419231345|563.10|23290|12472|20300|04.00|96731917|3720.00|801345/897/20BelowAverage16582.80071703190036600True
PrivateFriends UniversityKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf231922194444411181324|553.06|24248|10484|20300|04.00|961076566|5416.50|841324/883/20BelowAverage100702.80013445384160037170True
PrivateOttawa University-OttawaKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf212220214444423241345|563.10|22290|12444|18300|04.00|96725389|3623.00|771345/897/20BelowAverage12532.800592263190038232True
PrivateManhattan Christian CollegeKansasNo Conference Affiliation242323234444415211320|553.13|22240|10240|10300|04.00|96772309|3919.50|811320/880/20BelowAverage0502.80031103190026502True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in Kansas?

1. University of Kansas

2. Kansas State University

3. Wichita State University

4. Benedictine College

5. Baker University

6. McPherson College

7. Newman University

2016 Top 10 Kansas University Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Kansas 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
11.67PublicUniversity of KansasKansasBig Twelve Conference241111211667/1111/25AboveAverage22362.952861934378374530039405
22.15PublicKansas State UniversityKansasBig Twelve Conference312222111600/1067/24Average31412.801692032744394790035896
33.20PublicWichita State UniversityKansasMissouri Valley Conference433333331600/1066/24Average32512.80541197730184130028325
44.00PrivateBenedictine CollegeKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...1285441071700/1133/26AboveAverage9422.9502100383190039150
56.33PrivateBaker UniversityKansasHeart of America Athletic Conf...6510944541520/1013/23Average17392.800184811094370040393
66.40PublicFort Hays State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...10104444651400/933/21BelowAverage18562.8001164321824010025369
76.60PrivateNewman UniversityKansasHeartland Conference777844891505/1003/23Average61722.80027329553190035830
76.60PublicEmporia State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...886744771476/984/22BelowAverage30552.800392421903580029686
96.69PublicPittsburg State UniversityKansasMid - America Intercollegiate ...995644461433/956/22BelowAverage37472.800627012093930027966
106.80PrivateMcPherson CollegeKansasKansas Collegiate Athletic Conf56910449101545/1030/23Average10542.800619403190037162