The world’s top university is also the oldest in the U.S., having been founded in 1636, and is a member of the Ivy League. Its influence on science and medicine, culture, business and politics, along with its overall academic prowess, cannot be overstated. Harvard has the largest endowment of any university at $40.9 billion, and its 79-location library system contains more than 20 million volumes.
Alumni include eight U.S. presidents and dozens of foreign heads of state, along with 188 living billionaires, 369 Rhodes Scholars and 252 Marshall Scholars. Harvard has been affiliated with 160 Nobel Laureates, 18 Fields Medalists and 14 Turing Award winners. Students and alumni have received 10 Academy Awards, 48 Pulitzer Prizes and 108 Olympic medals, along with founding some of the world’s most influential companies.