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Colleges that are richer than some countries

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    Colleges that are richer than some countries

    There are a handful of incredible locations around the world where one can’t help but feel the money that went into sculpting the grandiose ambiance. Though it used to be the case that only the likes of luxurious hotels and restaurants could synthesize these kinds of environments, stepping onto the campus of one of America’s top colleges can now have that very same effect. America’s public schooling system may be in trouble, but our top universities are anything but.  Considering not only the quality of architecture on display in many of our academic institutions, but also the commitment to funding research, investing in advanced technologies, and top-of-the-line amenities available at many colleges, it can be helpful to put some universities’ finances into context to understand the true scale of their riches.

    As it turns out, there are a plethora of American institutions of higher learning which boast estimated endowments greater than $2 billion dollars, meaning their wealth not only exceeds that of many large companies, but that of fourteen different nations. Using data from the NACUBO 2017 Commonfund Study of Endowments, Stacker compiled a list of the 50 American colleges with the most substantial endowments, each of which exceeds the total wealth of a number of nations around the world. To determine the total wealth of any given country, Stacker referenced Credit Suisse's Global Wealth Databook 2017. Read on to see which colleges (and countries) made the list.

  • #50. Swarthmore College, PA
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    #50. Swarthmore College, PA

    2017 endowment: $2.0 billion (up 12.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 18 countries

    Wealth equal to: St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $112 million leftover

  • #49. Boston University, MA
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    #49. Boston University, MA

    2017 endowment: $2.0 billion (up 18.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 18 countries

    Wealth equal to: St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $113 million leftover

  • #48. Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
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    #48. Georgia Institute of Technology, GA

    2017 endowment: $2.0 billion (up 7.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 18 countries

    Wealth equal to: St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $141 million leftover

  • #47. Rockefeller University, NY
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    #47. Rockefeller University, NY

    2017 endowment: $2.0 billion (up 6.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 18 countries

    Wealth equal to: St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $205 million leftover

  • #46. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Foundation only), CA
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    #46. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA Foundation only), CA

    2017 endowment: $2.1 billion (up 14.4% from 2016)

    More wealth than 18 countries

    Wealth equal to: St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $219 million leftover

  • #45. University of Rochester, NY
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    #45. University of Rochester, NY

    2017 endowment: $2.1 billion (down 3.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 19 countries

    Wealth equal to: Suriname ($2.1B)

  • #44. Carnegie Mellon University, PA
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    #44. Carnegie Mellon University, PA

    2017 endowment: $2.2 billion (up 26.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 19 countries

    Wealth equal to: Suriname ($2.1B) with $33 million leftover

  • #43. Pomona College, CA
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    #43. Pomona College, CA

    2017 endowment: $2.2 billion (up 9.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 19 countries

    Wealth equal to: Suriname ($2.1B) with $46 million leftover

  • #42. Indiana University, IN
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    #42. Indiana University, IN

    2017 endowment: $2.2 billion (up 12.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 20 countries

    Wealth equal to: Belize ($2.2B) with $9 million leftover

  • #41. Amherst College, MA
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    #41. Amherst College, MA

    2017 endowment: $2.2 billion (up 10.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 20 countries

    Wealth equal to: Belize ($2.2B) with $28 million leftover

  • #40. Boston College, MA
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    #40. Boston College, MA

    2017 endowment: $2.3 billion (up 12.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 20 countries

    Wealth equal to: Belize ($2.2B) with $97 million leftover

  • #39. University of Richmond, VA
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    #39. University of Richmond, VA

    2017 endowment: $2.4 billion (up 0.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 23 countries

    Wealth equal to: Central African Republic ($2.4B) with $10 million leftover

  • #38. Purdue University (system-wide), IN
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    #38. Purdue University (system-wide), IN

    2017 endowment: $2.4 billion (up 7.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 24 countries

    Wealth equal to: Djibouti ($2.4B) with $17 million leftover

  • #37. Williams College, MA
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    #37. Williams College, MA

    2017 endowment: $2.5 billion (up 11.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $12 million leftover

  • #36. University of Washington, WA
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    #36. University of Washington, WA

    2017 endowment: $2.5 billion (down 14.8% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $33 million leftover

  • #35. University of Illinois system (system-wide), IL
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    #35. University of Illinois system (system-wide), IL

    2017 endowment: $2.6 billion (up 11.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $61 million leftover

  • #34. California Institute of Technology, CA
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    #34. California Institute of Technology, CA

    2017 endowment: $2.6 billion (up 23.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $111 million leftover

  • #33. Michigan State University, MI
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    #33. Michigan State University, MI

    2017 endowment: $2.7 billion (up 20.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $187 million leftover

  • #32. University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI
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    #32. University of Wisconsin–Madison, WI

    2017 endowment: $2.7 billion (up 13.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 25 countries

    Wealth equal to: Guyana ($2.5B) with $250 million leftover

  • #31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
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    #31. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC

    2017 endowment: $3.0 billion (up 4.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 26 countries

    Wealth equal to: Mauritania ($3.0B) with $12 million leftover

  • #30. Brown University, RI
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    #30. Brown University, RI

    2017 endowment: $3.2 billion (up 9.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 26 countries

    Wealth equal to: Mauritania ($3.0B) with $230 million leftover

  • #29. University of Minnesota, MN
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    #29. University of Minnesota, MN

    2017 endowment: $3.5 billion (up 6.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 29 countries

    Wealth equal to: Seychelles ($3.5B) with $34 million leftover

  • #28. Johns Hopkins University, MD
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    #28. Johns Hopkins University, MD

    2017 endowment: $3.8 billion (up 13.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 33 countries

    Wealth equal to: Timor-Leste ($3.8B) with $95 million leftover

  • #27. University of Pittsburgh, PA
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    #27. University of Pittsburgh, PA

    2017 endowment: $3.9 billion (up 11.9% from 2016)

    More wealth than 33 countries

    Wealth equal to: Timor-Leste ($3.8B) with $195 million leftover

  • #26. Pennsylvania State University (system-wide), PA
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    #26. Pennsylvania State University (system-wide), PA

    2017 endowment: $4.0 billion (up 10.8% from 2016)

    More wealth than 34 countries

    Wealth equal to: Rwanda ($4.0B) with $36 million leftover

  • #25. New York University, NY
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    #25. New York University, NY

    2017 endowment: $4.0 billion (up 14.4% from 2016)

    More wealth than 34 countries

    Wealth equal to: Rwanda ($4.0B) with $36 million leftover

  • #24. Vanderbilt University, TN
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    #24. Vanderbilt University, TN

    2017 endowment: $4.1 billion (up 8.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 34 countries

    Wealth equal to: Rwanda ($4.0B) with $181 million leftover

  • #23. Ohio State University, OH
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    #23. Ohio State University, OH

    2017 endowment: $4.3 billion (up 18.8% from 2016)

    More wealth than 34 countries

    Wealth equal to: Rwanda ($4.0B) and Sao Tome and Principe ($0.3B) with $43 million leftover

  • #22. Dartmouth College, NH
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    #22. Dartmouth College, NH

    2017 endowment: $5.0 billion (up 6.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 39 countries

    Wealth equal to: Liberia ($4.8B) with $107 million leftover

  • #21. University of Southern California, CA
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    #21. University of Southern California, CA

    2017 endowment: $5.1 billion (up 11.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 40 countries

    Wealth equal to: Somalia ($5.1B) with $3 million leftover

  • #20. Rice University, TX
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    #20. Rice University, TX

    2017 endowment: $5.8 billion (up 9.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 42 countries

    Wealth equal to: Equatorial Guinea ($5.4B) and Guinea-Bissau ($0.4B) with $3 million leftover

  • #19. Cornell University, NY
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    #19. Cornell University, NY

    2017 endowment: $6.8 billion (up 17.4% from 2016)

    More wealth than 44 countries

    Wealth equal to: Liechtenstein ($6.7B) with $43 million leftover

  • #18. Emory University, GA
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    #18. Emory University, GA

    2017 endowment: $6.9 billion (up 7.9% from 2016)

    More wealth than 44 countries

    Wealth equal to: Liechtenstein ($6.7B) with $190 million leftover

  • #17. University of Chicago, IL
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    #17. University of Chicago, IL

    2017 endowment: $7.5 billion (up 7.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 48 countries

    Wealth equal to: Ethiopia ($7.5B) with $1 million leftover

  • #16. Washington University in St. Louis, MO
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    #16. Washington University in St. Louis, MO

    2017 endowment: $7.9 billion (up 21.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 51 countries

    Wealth equal to: Zambia ($7.8B) with $19 million leftover

  • #15. Duke University, NC
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    #15. Duke University, NC

    2017 endowment: $7.9 billion (up 15.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 51 countries

    Wealth equal to: Zambia ($7.8B) with $70 million leftover

  • #14. University of Virginia, VA
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    #14. University of Virginia, VA

    2017 endowment: $8.6 billion (up 47.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 52 countries

    Wealth equal to: Belarus ($8.3B) and Sao Tome and Principe ($0.3B) with $42 million leftover

  • #13. University of Notre Dame, IN
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    #13. University of Notre Dame, IN

    2017 endowment: $9.4 billion (up 11.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 54 countries

    Wealth equal to: Montenegro ($9.3B) with $58 million leftover

  • #12. University of California (system-wide regents portions only), CA
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    #12. University of California (system-wide regents portions only), CA

    2017 endowment: $9.8 billion (up 17.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 54 countries

    Wealth equal to: Montenegro ($9.3B) and Kiribati ($0.4B) with $69 million leftover

  • #11. Columbia University, NY
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    #11. Columbia University, NY

    2017 endowment: $10.0 billion (up 10.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 56 countries

    Wealth equal to: Moldova ($9.9B) with $118 million leftover

  • #10. Northwestern University, IL
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    #10. Northwestern University, IL

    2017 endowment: $10.4 billion (up 8.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 56 countries

    Wealth equal to: Moldova ($9.9B) and Marshall Islands ($0.5B) with $57 million leftover

  • #9. University of Michigan, MI
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    #9. University of Michigan, MI

    2017 endowment: $10.9 billion (up 12.2% from 2016)

    More wealth than 57 countries

    Wealth equal to: Syria ($10.5B) and Micronesia ($0.4B) with $17 million leftover

  • #8. Texas A&M University System (system-wide), TX
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    #8. Texas A&M University System (system-wide), TX

    2017 endowment: $11.6 billion (up 9.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 58 countries

    Wealth equal to: Uganda ($11.1B) and Micronesia ($0.4B) with $43 million leftover

  • #7. University of Pennsylvania, PA
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    #7. University of Pennsylvania, PA

    2017 endowment: $12.2 billion (up 14.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 62 countries

    Wealth equal to: Burkina Faso ($12.0B) with $241 million leftover

  • #6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
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    #6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA

    2017 endowment: $15.0 billion (up 13.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 69 countries

    Wealth equal to: Andorra ($14.6B) and Sao Tome and Principe ($0.3B) with $98 million leftover

  • #5. Princeton University, NJ
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    #5. Princeton University, NJ

    2017 endowment: $23.8 billion (up 7.5% from 2016)

    More wealth than 78 countries

    Wealth equal to: Laos ($21.8B) and St. Lucia ($1.8B) with $175 million leftover

  • #4. Stanford University, CA
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    #4. Stanford University, CA

    2017 endowment: $24.8 billion (up 10.7% from 2016)

    More wealth than 80 countries

    Wealth equal to: Mongolia ($24.2B) and Marshall Islands ($0.5B) with $76 million leftover

  • #3. University of Texas System (system-wide), TX
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    #3. University of Texas System (system-wide), TX

    2017 endowment: $26.5 billion (up 9.6% from 2016)

    More wealth than 80 countries

    Wealth equal to: Mongolia ($24.2B) and Belize ($2.2B) with $107 million leftover

  • #2. Yale University, CT
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    #2. Yale University, CT

    2017 endowment: $27.2 billion (up 7.0% from 2016)

    More wealth than 80 countries

    Wealth equal to: Mongolia ($24.2B) and Guyana ($2.5B) with $472 million leftover

  • #1. Harvard University, MA
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    #1. Harvard University, MA

    2017 endowment: $36.0 billion (up 4.3% from 2016)

    More wealth than 87 countries

    Wealth equal to: Bosnia and Herzegovina ($35.0B) and Malawi ($0.9B) with $92 million leftover

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