Saturday, October 10, 2015


College endowments seeping cash

Spending, fees, investment losses outweigh new donations

College endowments seeping cash


The typical North American college endowment fell by $1.80 in fiscal 2012, for every $100 it controlled a year earlier, as spending, fees and investment losses grew faster than donations and investment gains, say the National Assocation of College and University Business Officers and Commonfund Institute, in their yearly ranking of 843 college endowments, from Ivy League powers to community institutions.

The three largest U.S. college endowments are at Harvard University, at $30.4 billion, down 4.1%; Yale, $19.3 billion, down 0.1%; and the University of Texas, $18.3 billion, up 6.5%.

Philly-area college endowments:

5. Princeton: $16.95 billion, down 0.9%

11. Penn: $6.75 billion, up 2.6%
36. Penn State: $1.78 billion, up 3.2%
47. Swarthmore: $1.49 billion, down 0.6%
67. Delaware: $1.09 billion, down 4.4%
69. Lehigh: $1.04 billion, down 3.9% [corrected]
86. Princeton Theological: $868 million, down 5.1%
102. Rutgers: $694 million, down 0.7%
115. Bryn Mawr: $645 milion, down 3.8%

126. Bucknell: $599 million, up, 4.1%
137. Lafayette: $557 million, down 0.5%
138. Drexel: $555 million, up 5.7%
175. Haverford: $388 million, down 3.8%
181. Villanova: $366 million, down 1.1%
220. Franklin & Marshall: $285 million, down 6%

223. Temple: $277 million, down 1.2%
285. Philadelphia Osteopathic: $101 million, up 11.5%
294. St. Joseph's: $169 million, down 2.5%
327. University of the Sciences in Philadelphia: $148 million, down 4%
396. Ursinus: $105 milion, down 3.9%
474. Widener: $73 million, down 7.7%
477. LaSalle: $72 million, down 3.4%
555: Arcadia: $53 million, down 4.6%
652. Delaware Valley College, $33 milion, down 3.8%
708. Philadelphia University: $23 milion, down 2.3%

710. Neumann: $22 million, up 2.4%
715: West Chester: $22 million, up 2.9%

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