06/30/2011 11:32 am ET | Updated Aug 30, 2011

The 10 Private Colleges With The Largest Endowments

On Tuesday, U.S. News and World Report published a list of the ten private
universities with the largest financial endowments in fiscal year 2009, with numbers ranging from $4 billion to $26 billion. One common theme? The recession caused everyone’s endowment to slip. Even Harvard which—at $26,035,389,000—is about $10 billion ahead of any other private college in the country, had fallen 30% since June 2008, when its endowment was closer to $37 billion.

Check out our slide show of the 10 private colleges with the highest endowments and then tell us, are these schools worth it? Let us know in the comments section.

U.S. News' 9 Private Universities With Largest Financial Endowments