Colleges With the Biggest Endowments in 2020

A colleges endowment is intended to support current and future generations of their scholars with the resources needed to advance knowledge, research, and innovation. As such, endowment funds are used for the school’s normal operations and activities, including education, research, campus renewal, faculty work, and student financial aid.

Here are the biggest endowments (as reported by each college – fiscal year ending on June 30, 2019):

  • Harvard – $39.4 Billion
  • Yale – $30.4 Billion
  • Stanford – $27.6 Billion
  • Princeton – $26.1 Billion
  • M.I.T. – $17.5 Billion
  • U Penn – $14.6 Billion

This data is from a 2019 National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO) -TIAA Study of Endowments.

What does this mean for these colleges/universities and their survival through the COVID-19 college crisis? These universities are going nowhere! Additionally, they continue to maintain their prestige and brand!.

Princeton is offering a 10% discount on tuition for students studying remotely to account for changes in the college experience. However, the key here is that you first have to be accepted to Princeton.

As a result their endowment, the Ivies even in the midst of COVID -19 remain highly competitive.


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