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Rich Tuck Gets Bang for the Buck

Did you know that high-flying Tuck has its own endowment (which I expect is a dedicated section of the College’s total endowment)? I didn’t. Not until Poets & Quants asked all the leading B-schools just how wealthy they are. Tuck comes in at #13 with a total endowment of $332 million::

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Savvy readers understand that total size is a poor way to measure a school’s financial resources, and Poets & Quants knows that, too. The publication crunched the numbers to measure endowment per student among the same schools. Tuck was a rich #4:

Tuck Comparative Ednowment per student.jpg

That meaningful level of wealth allows little Tuck to score high in the rankings: #8 at U.S. News; #5 for Forbes; #3 in The Economist; #13 among U.S. schools and #22 worldwide in the Financial Times; and #14 in Bloomberg Business.

As we have noted, Tuck ranks #1 in alumni participation in giving by a long way.

Addendum: In endowment per student the College ranks #4 in the Ivies with $740,000 per student. We are a long way behind Princeton ($2,809,000), Yale ($2,037,000), and Harvard ($1,736,000), but we are far ahead of Penn ($476,000), Brown ($335,000), Columbia ($323,000) and Cornell ($276,000).

Lest you think that these figures have no meaning, as a result of our wealth, we were able to pull $212.5 million out of the endowment in 2015 to finance operations; in comparison, Brown (which has a third more students than we do, and has more professors and pays them on average more) was able to draw only $142.7 million from its endowment — a difference of just under $70 million. Nonetheless, Brown will charge its students $64,556 in the coming year; Dartmouth will charge $66,174 — a difference of $1,618 (2.5%).

In the U.S. News rankings we are #12 among all institutions of higher learning, though in the Ivies we are ahead of only Brown (#14) and Cornell (#15). We seem to drop a place every couple of years. As for tuition, we charge more than any Ivy except Columbia.


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