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 Mississippi University Academic Rankings

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2016 Mississippi University Academic Rankings

2016 Mississippi 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
PublicMississippi State UniversityMississippiSoutheastern Conference241111111111660|692.77|311888|791787|74144|521.00|991451843|731.00|991660/1107/25AboveAverage29372.952301653636024640033958True
PublicUniversity of MississippiMississippiSoutheastern Conference332232242221625|682.73|321876|781781|74168|442.00|981289394|642.00|981625/1083/24Average10382.801211810144024160034752True
PrivateMillsaps CollegeMississippiSouthern Athletic Association11104555551581693|712.65|34986|411113|46300|05.00|95714252|369.00|911693/1129/25AboveAverage46342.950768743190048654True
PublicUniversity of Southern MississippiMississippiConference USA863343423331505|632.85|291727|721474|61176|412.67|971205540|603.50|971505/1003/23Average34492.80501200527873810029170True
PrivateMississippi CollegeMississippiGulf South Conference555555555441573|662.77|311392|581089|45300|05.00|951150181|584.50|961573/1048/24Average28482.800298420003770028789True
PrivateWilliam Carey UniversityMississippiSouthern States Athletic Conference42116555551391600|672.73|32800|331048|44300|05.00|95806868|409.50|911600/1067/24Average28472.800227616603190025500True
PrivateBelhaven UniversityMississippiMid - South Conference / South...67675555514101546|642.85|291228|511019|42300|05.00|95779948|3910.50|901546/1031/23Average11502.800256615483190032230True
PublicMississippi University for WomenMississippiNo Conference Affiliation787855555751515|632.88|281165|49965|40300|05.00|951066623|537.50|931515/1010/23Average38602.80025271694320027241True
PublicJackson State UniversityMississippiSouthwestern Athletic Conference12134924334651267|533.15|211416|59944|39161|463.33|971114279|567.50|931267/844/19BelowAverage33532.8047719923093930030812True
PublicDelta State UniversityMississippiGulf South Conference10981055555551398|583.04|241119|47799|33300|05.00|951116472|567.50|931398/932/21BelowAverage30652.80027788363710018887True
PublicAlcorn State UniversityMississippiSouthwestern Athletic Conference11119115555512121305|543.11|221073|45667|28300|05.00|95823300|4111.50|891305/870/20BelowAverage47642.80030066333190021392True
PrivateBlue Mountain CollegeMississippiSouthern States Athletic Conference91012125555510111415|593.04|24430|18537|22300|05.00|95830332|4211.00|891415/943/21BelowAverage0482.800520243190019634True
PrivateTougaloo CollegeMississippiGulf Coast Athletic Conference131213135555511151255|523.15|21110|5332|14300|05.00|95825876|4112.00|881255/837/19BelowAverage24492.80090003190020748True
PublicMississippi Valley State UniversityMississippiSouthwestern Athletic Conference14141414555559121133|473.26|18-133|0167|7300|05.00|95833336|4211.50|891133/756/17BelowAverage17722.80018853373190018883True
PrivateRust CollegeMississippiIndependent Mid-South Region15151515555558121065|443.28|18-270|0-5|0300|05.00|95845724|4211.50|891065/710/16BelowAverage49692.80096303190015786True

Common Questions...

What are the best colleges in Mississippi?

1. Mississippi State University

2. University of Mississippi

3. Millsaps College

4. University of Southern Mississippi

5. Mississippi College

6. William Carey University

7. Belhaven University

2016 Top 10 Mississippi University Academic Rankings

2016 Top 10 Mississippi 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
11.67PublicMississippi State UniversityMississippiSoutheastern Conference241111111660/1107/25AboveAverage29372.952301653636024640033958
22.50PublicUniversity of MississippiMississippiSoutheastern Conference332232221625/1083/24Average10382.801211810144024160034752
34.17PrivateMillsaps CollegeMississippiSouthern Athletic Association1194551051693/1129/25AboveAverage46342.950768743190048654
44.90PublicUniversity of Southern MississippiMississippiConference USA863343331505/1003/23Average34492.80501200527873810029170
55.43PrivateMississippi CollegeMississippiGulf South Conference555555441573/1048/24Average28482.800298420003770028789
65.79PrivateWilliam Carey UniversityMississippiSouthern States Athletic Conference4210655861600/1067/24Average28472.800227616603190025500
76.20PrivateBelhaven UniversityMississippiMid - South Conference / South...6767559101546/1031/23Average11502.800256615483190032230
87.00PublicMississippi University for WomenMississippiNo Conference Affiliation787855781515/1010/23Average38602.80025271694320027241
87.00PublicJackson State UniversityMississippiSouthwestern Athletic Conference10104924661267/844/19BelowAverage33532.8047719923093930030812
108.20PublicDelta State UniversityMississippiGulf South Conference9981055581398/932/21BelowAverage30652.80027788363710018887