The 20 richest colleges in the U.S. 2019

This statistic shows the 20 richest colleges of the United States in 2019, ranked by their endowment fund market value. The university with the largest endowment market value in 2019 was Harvard University, with an endowment fund value of about 39.4 billion U.S. dollars.

U.S. higher education

Colleges and universities in the United States rank highly among the world’s most prestigious institutions of higher education. Many universities are particularly well known for their strong research capabilities and their connections to many Nobel Prize winning laureates.

The U.S. university system is largely decentralized. Except for service academies and staff colleges, the federal government does not directly regulate universities; public universities are administered solely by the individual states. Besides the state administered public universities, there are many private universities in the United States, most are non-profit institutions, similar to the public universities, but there are also a number of institutions that rely on profit (Walden University in Minnesota for example).

In general, tuition fees are required to be paid by students at American universities. Public universities generally charge lower tuition rates to in-state students, than to out-of-state students. Private universities are often much more expensive than public ones because they do not receive funding from state governments.

American students are often required to take out student loans to supplement scholarships and grants provided by diverse sources to be able to pay for tuition. Student debt has become a major issue in the United States in recent years.

Student loan debt exceeded consumer credit card debt in the U.S. for the first time in 2012.

The 20 richest colleges in the United States in FY 2019, by endowment funds market value

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Release date

January 2020


United States

Survey time period

FY 2019

Supplementary notes

The data have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistics.

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