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50 Largest College Endowments Quiz
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Oct 2nd, 2009 at 21:25 GMT
I think University of California should be acceptable as UCLA, since Texas fills the UT system.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 21:41 GMT
University of California is in Berkeley. Different school than UCLA.
Oct 2nd, 2009 at 21:47 GMT
Just typing "university" gets you New York University, Rockefeller University, Indiana University, and Southern Methodist University. Not sure if you meant to do that, probably the "accept last word only" option causing that.
Oct 3rd, 2009 at 04:07 GMT
accept caltech for california institute of technology
Oct 10th, 2009 at 03:26 GMT
The University of California amount is wrong. That $6.22 billion is for the UC system as a whole, but each campus ALSO has its own endowment. For example, UC Berkeley benefits from the $6.22 billion that the system has, but it ALSO has a $2.3 billion endowment just for its campus (which would rank it on this list separate from the system as a whole if you wanted to). Likewise, UCLA also has a separate endowment of about $2.2 billion just for that campus. At the very least, you could total up the endowments for each of the ten campuses, then add in the system amount, and use that amount in a similar fashion to the UT system. Overall, I believe the UC system and all of its campuses have around $15 billion, though I could be wrong.
Oct 11th, 2009 at 01:41 GMT
You only have to put in Cal and you get USC. Also, requiring case western reserve is excessive; shortern to just case western. Cal tech should work for california institute of technology
Oct 12th, 2009 at 20:13 GMT
accepting texas a and m and pitt for university of pittsburgh would be nice. also, ditto on the caltech.
Dec 17th, 2009 at 20:03 GMT
"north carolina" didn't trigger unc chapel hill, which is annoying
Dec 25th, 2009 at 15:06 GMT
Agree with the above, plus: "southern methodist" didn't trigger "southern methodist university", which is annoying.
Jan 1st, 2010 at 05:11 GMT
Also agree with above and add that "wellesley" didn't trigger "wellesley college".
Mar 20th, 2010 at 13:10 GMT
agree with above and Washington University should be acceptable for Washington University in St Louis
Jul 6th, 2010 at 06:12 GMT
I'm with what you guys said
Jul 6th, 2010 at 14:55 GMT
Pennsylvania State is spelled wrong.
Game published: Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:03 GMT
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:15 GMT
If you say "$US bil" on top of each column, then listing each with billion is redundant, unless these schools have a few quintillion dollars.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:21 GMT
Had a few blank and typed Rockefeller on a whim not even knowing that there definitely was a school in his name. Silly rich people always naming schools after themselves!
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:29 GMT
I find it interesting that "USC" is abbreviated but nothing else is.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:30 GMT
I missed 3 because I didn't type out state, instead put ohio st., etc. Please accept the abbreviation like most quizzes on sporcle.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:34 GMT
Anyone know what the asterisks for $14 billion and $5.7 billion are supposed to indicate?
Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:38 GMT
It wouldn't accept "Texas A and M", which might be helpful.
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Jan 25th, 2012 at 04:44 GMT
Got all the ones that play FBS football. I consider that a success.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 05:02 GMT
With full anticipation of the wrath of the Southerners to come, it's refreshing to see no SEC schools on this list. Way to keep up with your academic reputation, boys!
Jan 25th, 2012 at 05:16 GMT
If anyone is interested this website http://mup.asu.edu/research2010.pdf has the endowment assets (2009) of the top 200 schools broken down by campus, not just systems like this quiz. (check page 192) @skinnyboy77 The data used for those schools is more limited than those used for the others (you can check the source for more info). @deugea I hate That Conference Down South as much as any other loyal Big 10 alum, but last time I checked Vanderbilt is still in the SEC. Plus Texas A&M is joining in July.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 05:21 GMT
Skinnyboy. The asterisks next to UT and A&M are probally in reference to the State of Texas' Permanent University Fund. Money set aside and invested as a result of constitutional authority. Oil wealth has led to these two schools (Especially Texas) being well endowed.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 05:47 GMT
Damn, I missed Vanderbilt. Well, so much for my Illinois education. I take it all back. :-) And Texas A&M isn't in there just yet, so they don't count.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 05:56 GMT
Please accept "CIT" for California Institute of Technology and "OSU" for Ohio State University. Fun quiz, though.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 06:04 GMT
ummmmm hate to burst your bubble but Vanderbilt is in the SEC.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 06:06 GMT
It should accept UPenn.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 07:43 GMT
All of the Big Ten except Iowa and Nebraska? Impressive.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 07:50 GMT
Whatever you accept for Penn, it shouldn't pop up just plain old "Pennsylvania" as the official title.
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Jan 25th, 2012 at 09:09 GMT
Eventually it got down to just guessing random states. You should have bonuses calling out those of us who do that, hehe
Jan 25th, 2012 at 10:21 GMT
Why is Pennsylvania the only one-word answer? It's the "University of Pennsylvania".
Jan 25th, 2012 at 11:55 GMT
Deugea, Southern schools don't have huge endowments because the South was used as a colony by the North after the Civil War and was poor until after World War II. Endowment size is a reflection of old money, held over time to grow it, and without the interference of, say, having your wealth destroyed in the 1860s without its resumption of growth until 1950. Florida in recent years has had more National Merit Scholars enrolling than either Harvard or Yale in recent years, (I went to Yale, btw) and part of that is because schools like Harvard wouldn't get off their precious endowment wallets to give significant scholarships for National Merit Scholars, (my son's was worth only a few thousand dollars, a drop in the bucket these days) while state schools like Florida let out of state students use them to get in-state tuition. Harvard's endowment is so big it could easily allow every undergraduate to go there for free by committing maybe $5 billion to a fund endowing that, but it hasn't done that.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 12:44 GMT
University of Pennsylvania, not just Pennsylvania, please (but thanks for accepting Penn). Also, a quibble with your choice of words in the description: these colleges did not RECEIVE these whole endowments in 2010 (that would be amazing); they possessed them as ongoing holdings which may or may not have been added to in 2010.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 13:16 GMT
The one I found the most interesting was that the University of Richmond was on here, while older, more famous schools in the same general area (William & Mary, Washington and Lee, Georgetown, George Washington) were not. Given the (I believe accurate) constraints than Dan describes, how did Richmond do it?
Jan 25th, 2012 at 13:27 GMT
Nice quiz which has many schools we typically don't see on Sporcle. Many college quizes are usually just listing as many big sport schools as possible.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 13:36 GMT
The title "50 Largest College Endowments Quiz" is fine, but the question at the top about "received ... in 2010" is misleading at best. Most of what is in these endowments was received long before 2010. (Also, a college or university takes "that" [did something] not "who".)
Jan 25th, 2012 at 13:54 GMT
@ Cecispanda U of R draws mainly from New England elites wanting to go to a "Southern" school. As such, it has a lot of the money that goes along with that. William and Mary, in particular, should be on the list since, at 318 years old, it is the second oldest college in the country, but they did a poor job investing their endowment.
Jan 25th, 2012 at 14:20 GMT
^^ thanks for the info! William and Mary was like my fourth guess, I was shocked when it didn't come up. Then my next guess was Georgetown!
Jan 25th, 2012 at 14:37 GMT
Georgetown has a long history of being prestigious while still having a tiny endowment, and it's something we like to brag about (although I think a bigger endowment would still be preferable).
Jan 25th, 2012 at 14:40 GMT
Wonderful & true history as to the legacy of interior Southern educational, political & cultural institutions in the postbellum United States above from @Dandy Dan17 -- also as pertains the investiture of the landed class in the preservation of these institutions in the Northern & coastal regions via endowment trusts. Question on the quiz: I typed Washington once, intending to refer to Wash U in St. Louis and received no credit for that response, then accidentally typed "Washington" again, with the University of Washington system in mind. Obviously, I received no credit for the second attempt either, regardless my intent. Would not the ends of clarity, consistency and concision have been served were "Washington" to count for one or the other? After realizing my mistake on the second vain attempt, I assumed that somehow neither university/system qualified as among the Top 50 universities in the country by endowment. Thanks, good quiz.
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