Established in 1636, Harvard University is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, and also the first corporation chartered in the US.

The New England Association of Schools and Colleges' (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education accredits Harvard University. In addition, many of Harvard's professional and graduate schools and programs also hold specialized accreditation from accrediting organizations such as the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business; Association of Theological Schools; American Institute of Certified Planners; National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; to name a few.

Rankings and Ratings:

- Harvard University is rated as the No. 1 National University by US News (2012).

- No. 2 in the US News Law School Rankings for 2011.

- No. 2 in the Financial Times Global MBA rankings (2010).

- No. 1 internationally in the Webometrics Ranking of World Universities, January 2010.

- 1st among Top Tier National Universities in the country (US News 2010). In the graduate school rankings, Harvard's graduate engineering programs are ranked 19th (tied with the University of California, Santa Barbara).

- Rated No. 1 globally in the Academic Ranking of World Universities 2009. Additionally it is in No. 1 position for the subjects of: Physics; Chemistry; Economics / Business.

- Rated 1st among the world's best institutions (QS World University Rankings™ 2009). It is also rated #1 in Life Sciences and Biomedicine; # 4 in Natural Sciences; # 1 in Social Sciences; #1 in Arts and Humanities; and #22 in Engineering and IT.

- No. 1 in the world according to Ecole des Mines de Paris ranking.

- No. 1 among Top Graduate Architecture Programs (Master of Architecture) by DesignIntelligence 2009.

- No. 1 among international relations schools for academic careers (Foreign Policy).

- In terms of citation impact, Harvard is ranked 2nd nationally in the category of Engineering and Computer Science in a 2002 analysis by ISI (for 1998-2002 data).

- 1st in the NRC Ranking of Best Political Science Doctoral Programs 1995.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek