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1. Princeton University

Endowment per student: $1,857,040
Endowment: $14.05 billion
Total enrollment: 7,567

Although Princeton holds the number - three spot for the total size of endowment, on a per-student basis, no other college or university has more funds per student, according to data from NACUBO. As in most colleges, Princeton’s endowment was hurt by the recession, but its annual rate of return over the past decade still stands at 7.9 percent according to the university. From 2009 to 2010, however, its value rose by over $1.7 billion, an increase of 14.1 percent.

Photo: Andreas Praefcke