Largest College and University Endowments

This article ranks the 25 largest college and university endowments in the United States and provides each institution’s academic ranking.

Nineteen of the twenty-five largest college and university endowments belong to private universities, seven of which are Ivy League schools.

Among public universities and university systems, the University of Texas, University of Michigan, University of California, Texas A&M; University, University of Virginia, and University of Minnesota manage the largest endowments.

The University of Notre Dame is the only religiously affiliated institution to maintain one of the twenty-five largest endowments.

1. Largest College and University Endowments

Harvard University
Cambridge, Massachusetts
$25.66 billion
Academic Ranking: (4-National)

2. Largest College and University Endowments

Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut
$16.33 billion
Academic Ranking: (2-National)

3. Largest College and University Endowments

Stanford University
Stanford, California
$12.62 billion
Academic Ranking: (11-National)

4. Largest College and University Endowments

Princeton University
Princeton, New Jersey
$12.61 billion
Academic Ranking: (3-National)

5. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Texas (systemwide)
$12.16 billion
Academic Ranking: University of Texas-Austin (7-Texas)

6. Largest College and University Endowments

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Cambridge, Massachusetts
$7.98 billion
Academic Ranking: (8-National)

7. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan
$6 billion
Academic Ranking: (5-Public)

8. Largest College and University Endowments

Columbia University
New York, New York
$5.89 billion
Academic Ranking: (7-National)

9. Largest College and University Endowments

Northwestern University
Evanston, Illinois
$5.45 billion
Academic Ranking: (11-National)

10. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
$5.17 billion
Academic Ranking: (11-National)

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11. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois
$5.09 billion
Academic Ranking: (6-National)

12. Largest College and University Endowments

Texas A&M; (systemwide)
$5.08 billion
Academic Ranking: Main Campus (10-Texas)

13. Largest College and University Endowments

University of California (systemwide)
$4.94 billion
Academic Ranking: UC-Berkeley (3-Public); UCLA (10-Public); UCSD (16-Public)

14. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, Indiana
$4.8 billion
Academic Ranking: (15-National)

15. Largest College and University Endowments

Duke University
Durham, North Carolina
$4.44 billion
Academic Ranking: (12-National)

16. Largest College and University Endowments

Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
$4.33 billion
Academic Ranking: (17-National)

17. Largest College and University Endowments

Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri
$4.08 billion
Academic Ranking: (8-National)

18. Largest College and University Endowments

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York
$3.97 billion
Academic Ranking: (4-New York)

19. Largest College and University Endowments

Rice University
Houston, Texas
$3.61 billion
Academic Ranking: (15-National)

20. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
$3.58 billion
Academic Ranking: (2-Public)

21. Largest College and University Endowments

Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee
$2.83 billion
Academic Ranking: (14-National)

22. Largest College and University Endowments

Dartmouth College
Hanover, New Hampshire
$2.82 billion
Academic Ranking: (10-National)

23. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Southern California (USC)
Los Angeles, California
$2.67 billion
Academic Ranking: (6-California)

24. Largest College and University Endowments

New York University (NYU)
New York, New York
$2.09 billion
Academic Ranking: (8-New York)

25. Largest College and University Endowments

University of Minnesota (systemwide)
$2.07 billion
Academic Ranking: Twin Cities Campus (19-Public)

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Source: “2009 NACUBO-COMMONFUND STUDY OF ENDOWMENT RESULTS,” National Association of College and University Business Officers (Updated April 8, 2010)

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