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2. Yale University

Endowment per student: $1,436,384
Endowment: $16.65 billion
Total enrollment: 11,593

With a total student population of 11,593, Yale’s endowment of $16.65 billion is at a level of approximately $1.4 million per student. Yale reports that spending from its endowment totals $986 million for the academic year 2010-11, which covered approximately 38 percent of the school’s net revenues.

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