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Endowment Returns Strong 8.3%

The investment returns on the College’s endowment amounted to 8.3% over the past year, a fine result. Cambridge Associates is reporting an average return of 5.6% for endowments over $3.0 billion — Dartmouth’s endowment stood at $4.7 billion as of June 30 — and among the Ivies that have reported so far, Harvard earned a lackluster 5.8% and Penn only 3.1%.

Although the College has not yet released its 2015 financials (its fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30), Dartmouth Now reported that the administration drew $214 million from the endowment last year, a handsome $27 million increase (14.4%) from the $187 million that was distributed in 2014.

Dartmouth Now quoted Phil Hanlon as saying, “Dartmouth’s strong long-term investment performance record is a critical part of our foundation in pursuing excellence in education, innovation and research, and our commitment to need-blind financial aid.” However no comment was forthcoming from Phil about the College’s recent decision to end need-blind admissions for international students.

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