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Facts about Harvard University
- Harvard is the oldest University in USA and the first concrete structure in the world.
- Harvard was named after reverent Mr. John Harvard. Harvard library is the largest library in USA with 13.6 million volumes, while Yale seconds the list with 9.5 million volumes.
- Harvard receives the largest financial endowments of any institution in the world at $26 billion.
- U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual Best Colleges guide, and this year Harvard tops the list among national universities followed by Princeton. U.S. News and World Report is out with its annual Best Colleges guide, and this year Harvard (tuition and fees: $38,416) tops the list in the national universities category. In fact, the Ivy League takes the top four spots, with Princeton at No. 2, Yale at No. 3 and Columbia at No. 4, with Stanford, way over on the West Coast, coming in 5th. Among national liberal arts college, Williams College ranks No. 1, Amherst No.2 and Swarthmore No. 3, followed by Middlebury and Wellesley. In the for-what-it's-worth department, here's U.S. News' rankings as compiled by high school guidance counselors. Harvard still comes out on top, but MIT takes second followed by Princeton. Among the national liberal arts colleges, the U.S. Naval Academy is No. 1., followed by Swarthmore and the U.S. Military Academy at West point. U.S. News regularly tweaks its methodology. This year, it says graduation rate performance was more heavily weighted in drawing up the final list. In addition, for the first time, the opinions of high school counselors were factored into the calculations.