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11/26/2013 05:39 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Colleges With The Most Nobel Prize Winners

CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 9: Harvard chemistry professor Martin Karplus, one of three recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Che
CAMBRIDGE, MA - OCTOBER 9: Harvard chemistry professor Martin Karplus, one of three recipients of the 2013 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, photographed on Harvard University's campus. (Photo by Essdras M Suarez/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

You probably wouldn't be surprised to hear that Harvard University has more Nobel Prize winners than any other American higher education institution.

But you may not have guessed that Yale University has fewer winners than the University of Chicago. Or that New York University has more Nobel laureates than their upstate neighbor Cornell University. Another Ivy League institution, Princeton, only ties with the City University of New York City College with four Nobel winners each.

To come up with their totals, FindTheBest said they only count a winner from the undergraduate institution the person graduated from. As they explain it, Columbia would get a point for President Barack Obama's Nobel Prize, but Occidental College would not since he transferred away from the school before obtaining a degree.

The reason FindTheBest does this is because Nobel Prize winners factor into their undergraduate college rankings, and representatives say they don't want to "double count for these purposes."

Check out the list below to see how colleges stack up in the Nobel Prize arms race, courtesy of our friends at FindTheBest:

This post has been updated to include clarification on methodology used.

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