So this is something I was confused about for a long time and just figured it out (so I'm not the quickest person on SDN) Acording to the NIH, Hopkins is number one in funding $$ with 334 million. Harvard is number 20 with 138 million. On USNews rankings, Harvard gets a whopping 731 million from the NIH and Hopkins gets 348 million. This is honestly the only difference in theses two schools...all other factors like residency directors rankings and student selectivity have no difference (p>>.05 for you research buffs) I read very closely the USNews explaination of this and found out that the NIH funding is for the med school and all it's affiliated hospitals. Is this a fair way to do it? If I'm a Harvard med student, will it make one lick of difference that Dr. Fabulous at Mass Gen gets millions for her research? I'll never get to do anything in her lab! At Hopkins - practically ALL (334 of 348 million) of the money goes directly to researchers at the medical school, where I will have much more of an opportunity to participate in that great research and will actually have the opportunity to take advantage of all of that money. Just my thoughts...you should all know (if you don't already) that Harvard rejected me, so maybe all of this is really just pent-up hostility and I want Hopkins to be ranked number 1! I also think that USNews rankings should be taken with a mountain of salt, I'm not totally obsessed with any of this stuff AT ALL, I'm just bored and want to see what others think.