List of colleges and universities in the United States by endowment

Harvard University has the largest endowment in the world.

Many institutions of higher education in the United States maintain financial endowments, sums of money that are invested in stocks, yielding returns that fund a portion of an institution's operational expenses and help ensure that it survives in perpetuity.

U.S. colleges and universities maintain some of the largest endowments in the world, and make up the strong majority of educational institutions with endowments greater than $1 billion.

In 2005, the endowment table below totaled $219.37 billion. By 2015, the table totaled $394.96 billion, an increase of 80%. As of 2018, the total further increased to $479.23 billion.

The National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) maintains information on college endowments.[1][2]

Strong returns in fiscal 2020-21 led the largest university endowments to soar. The four largest endowments — Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Princeton — increased in value from $127.24 billion to $171 billion in a single year.[3][4][5][6]

  1. ^ "National Association of College and University Business Officers". NACUBO. Retrieved July 19, 2013.
  2. ^ Ken Redd (May 26, 2020). "Historic Endowment Study Data". National Association of College and University Business Officers.
  3. ^ Virginia L. Ma and Kevin A. Simauchi (15 October 2021). "Harvard's Endowment Soars to $53.2 Billion, Reports 33.6% Returns". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ "Yale endowment earns 40.2% investment return in fiscal 2021". Yale News. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  5. ^ Benjamin Zaidel (27 October 2021). "Stanford reports 'record year' of investment returns, nets $12.1 billion in gains". The Stanford Daily. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  6. ^ "Princeton's endowment returns continue to support University mission and impact". Princeton University. 29 October 2021. Retrieved 4 November 2021.

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