Harvard College is ranked second in the latest edition of the Gourman Report, a 20-year-old quarterly study of colleges across the nation.
Jack Gourman, professor of political science at California State University at Northridge, who conducted the study, said Harvard achieved a rating of 4.93 out of 5.0 trailing Princeton, which scored 4.95.
Princeton's number-one position, however, is "looking pretty shaky," as a result of new information Gourman has received.
Gourman conducted the study by creating a model curriculum and a model list of library holdings, which he is always "revising," and comparing colleges to these models.
In addition, Gourman evaluated faculty teaching ability, library administration, and trustee involvement with the school through confidential questionnaires and independent evaluators, as well as looking at graduate and vocational positions that students from the various colleges received after being graduated.