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 Maryland University Academic Rankings

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2016 Maryland University Academic Rankings

2016 Maryland 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
PrivateJohns Hopkins UniversityMarylandCentennial Conference111211111212132|891.29|682159|902051|8522|931.00|991305483|651.50|992132/1421/32Elite3083.2420856357150155750063529True
PublicUniversity of Maryland-College ParkMarylandBig Ten Conference222122222321982|832.00|502146|892106|8861|802.00|981286437|642.50|981982/1321/30Excellent45173.2548327056105545390044645True
PublicUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMarylandAmerica East543433333641795|752.37|411938|811767|74143|523.00|971124290|564.50|961795/1197/27AboveAverage64392.95851137926004970037618True
PublicUnited States Naval AcademyMarylandDivision I Independents / Patr...334556566121931|802.08|481926|801756|73200|335.67|941711773|862.50|981931/1287/29Excellent53103.251045110782000True
PrivateLoyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot League667777766441767|742.63|341737|721513|63300|06.33|941211349|614.50|961767/1178/27AboveAverage11172.950408418835110059925True
PublicSalisbury UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...8866777661161725|722.69|331832|761624|68300|06.33|94979953|498.50|921725/1150/26AboveAverage19322.95079977734510031526True
PublicSt Mary's College of MarylandMarylandCapital Athletic Conference45128777661891838|772.53|371276|531406|59300|06.33|94550053|2812.50|881838/1225/28Good33213.1001688333190043350True
PublicTowson UniversityMarylandColonial Athletic Association12115377766961620|682.73|321879|781785|74300|06.33|94994850|508.50|921620/1080/24Average16342.8001880734784460035384True
PrivateMaryland Institute College of ArtMarylandNo Conference Affiliation771597776617101765|742.66|331130|471281|53300|06.33|94675980|3413.00|871765/1177/26AboveAverage0282.95019113513790057050True
PrivateWashington CollegeMarylandCentennial Conference9916107776623181720|722.71|321040|431193|50300|06.33|94456045|2316.50|841720/1147/26AboveAverage16252.9501467183190056352True
PrivateMount St Mary's UniversityMarylandNortheast Conference111019147776622181625|682.72|32850|351032|43300|06.33|94478669|2416.50|841625/1083/24Average15242.80018104953190050696True
PrivateStevenson UniversityMarylandCommonwealth Conference17161011777661081490|622.90|271419|591099|46300|06.33|94989986|4910.50|901490/993/22Average19342.80038085144140045604True
PrivateMcDaniel CollegeMarylandCentennial Conference101518137776621201655|692.83|29910|381083|45300|06.33|94480853|2417.00|831655/1103/25AboveAverage13262.950174014663190050150True
PublicFrostburg State UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...18178127776613131430|603.01|251449|601087|45300|06.33|94894966|4513.50|871430/953/21BelowAverage15522.80049157304140030974True
PublicMorgan State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference20199154444415161335|563.07|231437|601009|42185|394.00|96861520|4315.00|851335/890/20BelowAverage64672.8014630213964450032464True
PublicUniversity of BaltimoreMarylandNo Conference Affiliation191813197776612141395|583.03|241272|53832|35300|06.33|94899964|4514.00|861395/930/21BelowAverage2202.80034852937460000True
PrivateHood CollegeMarylandCommonwealth Conference161422187776620211540|642.82|30680|28870|36300|06.33|94481733|2418.50|821540/1027/23Average28312.800135910063190049930True
PrivateCapitol CollegeMarylandNo Conference Affiliation131220217776619211570|652.74|31740|31740|31300|06.33|94544813|2718.50|821570/1047/24Average100602.8004173763190034160True
PrivateNotre Dame of Maryland UniversityMarylandColonial States Athletic Conference15132117777668101550|652.81|30700|29880|37300|06.33|941008392|5013.00|871550/1033/23Average62522.800116915955080046926True
PublicBowie State UniversityMarylandCentral Intercollegiate Athlet...212011165565514171315|553.13|221300|54907|38200|335.00|95877281|4416.00|841315/877/20BelowAverage14542.801445612394270031367True
PublicUniversity of Maryland-University CollegeMarylandNo Conference Affiliation14232323777665101565|654.00|0-2400|0-2400|0300|06.33|941157357|5813.00|871565/1043/23Unknown0832.8003515412752539000False
PublicUniversity of Maryland Eastern ShoreMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference23211420777667151295|543.13|221173|49767|32300|06.33|941020496|5114.50|861295/863/19BelowAverage34652.80035707094020031105True
PublicCoppin State UniversityMarylandMid Eastern Athletic Conference212217227776616231315|553.13|22974|41658|27300|06.33|94849941|4219.50|811315/877/20BelowAverage9822.80026844494020025407True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in Maryland?

1. Johns Hopkins University

2. University of Maryland-College Park

3. University of Maryland-Baltimore County

4. United States Naval Academy

5. Loyola University Maryland

6. Salisbury University

7. St Mary's College of Maryland

2016 Top 10 Maryland University Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Maryland 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
11.17PrivateJohns Hopkins UniversityMarylandCentennial Conference111211212132/1421/32Elite3083.2420856357150155750063529
21.83PublicUniversity of Maryland-College ParkMarylandBig Ten Conference222122321982/1321/30Excellent45173.2548327056105545390044645
33.67PublicUniversity of Maryland-Baltimore CountyMarylandAmerica East543433541795/1197/27AboveAverage64392.95851137926004970037618
43.83PublicUnited States Naval AcademyMarylandDivision I Independents / Patr...334544121931/1287/29Excellent53103.251045110782000
55.83PublicSt Mary's College of MarylandMarylandCapital Athletic Conference458855971838/1225/28Good33213.1001688333190043350
66.00PrivateLoyola University MarylandMarylandPatriot League667755451767/1178/27AboveAverage11172.950408418835110059925
76.33PublicSalisbury UniversityMarylandEmpire Eight / Capital Athleti...886655771725/1150/26AboveAverage19322.95079977734510031526
76.33PublicTowson UniversityMarylandColonial Athletic Association10105355661620/1080/24Average16342.8001880734784460035384
97.00PrivateMaryland Institute College of ArtMarylandNo Conference Affiliation779955891765/1177/26AboveAverage0282.95019113513790057050
108.00PrivateWashington CollegeMarylandCentennial Conference9910105510101720/1147/26AboveAverage16252.9501467183190056352