10 colleges with the largest financial endowments

In fiscal year 2011, Harvard University was more than $12 billion richer than any other college in the country, U.S. News reports. The top-ranked National University’s financial endowment was $32,012,729,000 in the 2011 fiscal year, the school reported to U.S. News in a 2012 survey. That figure was well above the fiscal-year average: Of the 1,189 ranked colleges that reported endowment figures to U.S. News, the average endowment was roughly $313,182,000. Individual reports ranged from Harvard University on the high end to Providence Christian College’s $15,000, the lowest reported endowment. Though Harvard’s endowment far outpaced even the next-highest school on the list (Yale University, with $19,174,387,000), 66 ranked colleges had endowments of more than $1 billion each. Most of the universities with the largest financial endowments are private universities. Just one public school, the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor, cracks this top 10 list…

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