Harvard Tops Princeton, But Not On The Gridiron


Harvard beat out Princeton this year for top academic honors.

Harvard beat out Princeton this year for top academic honors.

Harvard v. Princeton on the football field once mattered, but no longer. Both Ivy League schools play more for pleasure, rather than for gridiron mastery.

When it comes to academic prowess — watch out! The two schools are among the elite colleges and universities who battle for top billing and, for according to the just released U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Universities survey, Harvard beat out Princeton for the #1 spot for the Best National Universities. Since 2006, Harvard had been #2 behind Princeton, but this year’s survey had the universities exchange places. Harvard last finished first in 1996.

Complete results of this year’s survey can be found in the September 1st issue of US News & World Report, on sale as of August 25th. Using¬† categories created by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, the U.S. News college rankings are now part of a multimedia resource for students and parents who are considering higher education option, particularly helping out with the college selection process.

“With so many students and families relying on the college rankings for their higher education research, we’re always working to find new ways to demystify the college search,” said U.S.News & World Report Editor Brian Kelly. “This year, we’ve included new ranking categories and editorial content that address the most relevant issues to prospective students. We’ve also developed an interactive student center on USNews.com, which allows students and parents to research their college options through videos, school discussion forums, and expert advice columns.”

The 2009 America’s Best Colleges covers several categories including:

  • Best National Universities
  • Best Liberal Arts Colleges
  • Best Historically Black Colleges
  • Best College for Your Buck
  • A+ Schools for B Students
  • Up-and-Coming Schools
  • High School Counselor Picks

Immediately following Harvard and Princeton in the national universities ranking were Yale, MIT, and Stanford. The top liberal arts colleges were led by a pair of Massachusetts schools, Amherst and Williams, followed by Swarthmore, Wellesley, and Middlebury.

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