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Friday, January 28, 2011

College and University Endowment Rankings

Here are the Top 10 National University and Liberal Arts College endowment rankings (as of June 30, 2010) from the Chronicle of Higher Education:

Rank

National University

Endowment

1-Year Change

US News Rank

1

Harvard

$27.6b

+5.4%

1

2

Yale

$16.7b

+2.0%

3

3

Princeton

$14.4b

+14.1%

2

4

Texas

$14.1b

+15.5%

45

5

Stanford

$13.9b

+9.8%

5

6

MIT

$8.3b

+5.5%

7

7

Michigan

$6.6b

+9.4%

29

8

Columbia

$6.6b

+10.6%

4

9

Northwestern

$6.0b

+9.2%

12

10

Texas A&M

$5.7b

+12.9%

63

Rank

Liberal Arts College

Endowment

1-Year Change

US News Rank

1

Williams

$1.5b

+8.3%

1

2

Pomona

$1.5b

+8.5%

6

3

Amherst

$1.4b

+6.1%

2

4

Wellesley

$1.3b

+3.2%

4

5

Grinnell

$1.3b

+17.5%

18

6

Swarthmore

$1.2b

+10.7%

3

7

Smith

$1.1b

+13.4%

14

8

Wash. & Lee

$1.0b

+12.4%

14

9

Middlebury

$880m

+11.9%

4

10

Bowdoin

$750m

+9.5%

6

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Comments

Pretty useless for public universities. Some states report the endowment of their university systems (e.g., Texas reports the endowments of their entire Texas A&M system and entire University of Texas system), while other states report the endowments of individual schools. And unless you're familiar with the university systems in each state, you might have a hard time knowing which is which.

Posted by: Hugh | Jan 29, 2011 9:42:05 AM

And we keep giving these schools tax dollars, because?

Posted by: ef | Jan 29, 2011 10:49:02 AM

I believe, though I'm not certain, that all the oil property of the Texas schools' land grants are carried on the endowment at a value of $1.00. Carried at true value could make Texas University endowment more valuable than Harvard endowment.

Posted by: JohnS | Jan 29, 2011 2:51:36 PM