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 Louisiana University Academic Rankings

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2016 Louisiana University Academic Rankings

2016 Louisiana 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
PrivateTulane University of LouisianaLouisianaAmerican Athletic Conference1111122221131995|832.39|402058|861932|80112|631.67|981239434|626.00|941995/1330/30Excellent1003.25167789247114470063110True
PublicLouisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLouisianaSoutheastern Conference332241111311695|712.72|321964|821896|79167|451.00|991467834|732.50|981695/1130/25AboveAverage26382.952882557254724890041867True
PublicUniversity of New OrleansLouisianaSouthland Conference456624434931615|672.73|321717|721390|58146|513.67|961301060|656.00|941615/1077/24Average46552.8033715220824550034623True
PublicLouisiana Tech UniversityLouisianaConference USA744435455221585|662.72|321748|731513|63162|464.67|951486404|743.00|971585/1057/24Average39492.8027953216934700033273True
PublicUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisianaSun Belt Conference783353343851585|662.80|301828|761707|71179|413.00|971324934|666.50|941585/1057/24Average21522.80681557416214480032302True
PublicUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeLouisianaSun Belt Conference667766666751600|672.78|311706|711372|57300|06.00|941329191|666.50|941600/1067/24Average22622.800721513024430030326True
PrivateLoyola University New OrleansLouisianaSouthern States Athletic Conference2711106666614111700|712.78|311510|631283|53300|06.00|941146260|5710.50|901700/1133/26AboveAverage602.950279615343780052350True
PublicMcNeese State UniversityLouisianaSouthland Conference101088666661081525|642.89|281649|691352|56300|06.00|941254905|639.00|911525/1017/23Average20582.80074847534690029748True
PublicSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityLouisianaSouthland Conference1314556666617131467|612.97|261719|721454|61300|06.00|941050048|5313.00|871467/978/22BelowAverage13622.8001336511223940030505True
PrivateCentenary College of LouisianaLouisianaSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...5217146666619171613|672.64|34825|34928|39300|06.00|94990506|5014.50|861613/1075/24Average56412.800553663550049950True
PublicNicholls State UniversityLouisianaSouthland Conference111310116666615131488|622.94|271550|651192|50300|06.00|941131445|5713.00|871488/992/22Average16582.80056906023630030521True
PublicSouthern University at New OrleansLouisianaGulf Coast Athletic Conference99181566666471560|652.85|29720|30914|38300|06.00|941440099|728.00|921560/1040/23Average402.80016584454320017797True
PublicNorthwestern State University of LouisianaLouisianaSouthland Conference1515996666613131445|602.99|251594|661296|54300|06.00|941164985|5813.00|871445/963/22BelowAverage25622.800789811044060030343True
PublicLouisiana State University-ShreveportLouisianaRed River Athletic Conference12121313666666101480|622.93|271324|55953|40300|06.00|941376225|6910.00|901480/987/22BelowAverage56632.8003202984489000True
PrivateXavier University of LouisianaLouisianaGulf Coast Athletic Conference141116166666612161460|612.92|27894|37848|35300|06.00|941221556|6113.50|871460/973/22BelowAverage50432.80023596173740033222True
PublicSouthern University and A & M CollegeLouisianaSouthwestern Athletic Conference17171212666665111380|583.03|241421|591032|43300|06.00|941426659|7110.50|901380/920/21BelowAverage59672.800521411164320021157True
PrivateOur Lady of the Lake CollegeLouisianaNo Conference Affiliation161619186666618181433|603.01|25467|19686|29300|06.00|941032782|5217.50|831433/956/22BelowAverage8672.8001551171396000True
PublicLouisiana State University-AlexandriaLouisianaRed River Athletic Conference1819151766666181333|563.11|221007|42689|29300|06.00|941535918|779.00|911333/889/20BelowAverage9862.800270204890024846True
PublicGrambling State UniversityLouisianaSouthwestern Athletic Conference212114196666616181230|513.18|211094|46635|26300|06.00|941052154|5317.50|831230/820/18BelowAverage42692.80035249804050033626True
PrivateLouisiana CollegeLouisianaAmerican Southwest Conference191820206666620201330|553.11|22260|11474|20300|06.00|94776092|3920.00|801330/887/20BelowAverage22672.8009852713190024524True
PrivateDillard UniversityLouisianaGulf Coast Athletic Conference202021216666621211280|533.13|22160|7399|17300|06.00|94750964|3821.00|791280/853/19BelowAverage45732.800120003190030806True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in Louisiana?

1. Tulane University of Louisiana

2. Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

3. University of New Orleans

4. Louisiana Tech University

5. University of Louisiana at Lafayette

6. University of Louisiana at Monroe

7. Loyola University New Orleans

2016 Top 10 Louisiana University Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Louisiana 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
11.17PrivateTulane University of LouisianaLouisianaAmerican Athletic Conference111112731995/1330/30Excellent1003.25167789247114470063110
22.50PublicLouisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical CollegeLouisianaSoutheastern Conference332241211695/1130/25AboveAverage26382.952882557254724890041867
34.60PublicUniversity of New OrleansLouisianaSouthland Conference456624531615/1077/24Average46552.8033715220824550034623
44.90PublicLouisiana Tech UniversityLouisianaConference USA744435121585/1057/24Average39492.8027953216934700033273
55.20PublicUniversity of Louisiana at LafayetteLouisianaSun Belt Conference783353451585/1057/24Average21522.80681557416214480032302
66.40PublicUniversity of Louisiana at MonroeLouisianaSun Belt Conference667766351600/1067/24Average22622.800721513024430030326
76.50PrivateLoyola University New OrleansLouisianaSouthern States Athletic Conference279966871700/1133/26AboveAverage602.950279615343780052350
86.98PrivateCentenary College of LouisianaLouisianaSouthern Collegiate Athletic C...521010661091613/1075/24Average56412.800553663550049950
97.20PublicSoutheastern Louisiana UniversityLouisianaSouthland Conference10105566991467/978/22BelowAverage13622.8001336511223940030505
108.00PublicMcNeese State UniversityLouisianaSouthland Conference998866681525/1017/23Average20582.80074847534690029748