7 Richest Universities in the World

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It’s a well known fact that if you’re trying to get a top grade education in today’s society, it’s probably going to cost you a hefty penny. There’s loads of countries in the world where getting an education is pretty much equal to starting your life off with a huge debt. The other side of this story usually implies that if your education costs so much, the universities involved have a huge source of income in its students. Pretty much the only other source of income universities have, come from gifts.

Let’s take a look at the richest universities in the world. And by “richest”, I mean “with the highest market value”. Oh and I’ll start off with a small spoiler: due to how the American educational system works, all their universities are some of the richest in the world.

University of Texas System

While this university isn’t really well-known or considered a “top tier” university, the reason it has a $30,9 billion market value is because it has a lot more students than most expensive, exclusive universities do. Simple reason is that, as the name implies, it’s a university system and not a single institution. The system contains 8 universities, which means they’re kind of cheating but I’ll allow them on this list anyway.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Also known as MIT, this university has a market value of $16,5 billion. That’s not even half of what some other big universities have, but it’s still considered to be the best university if you want a technical-oriented degree, like computer sciences for example.

Princeton University

At a market value of $25,9 billion, Princeton University is the smallest of the big universities, financially speaking. Their market value is showing an amazing rise however, having grown almost 9% in a single year.

People walk on the Princeton University campus in Princeton, New Jersey, U.S., on Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Residents in Princeton, New Jersey, have sued the municipality and the university, saying the school should lose its tax-exempt status because it shares royalties from patents with faculty. Photographer: Craig Warga/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Harvard University

I’m guessing it’s not a surprise to anyone that this one made the list. Their value is about $38,3 billion. In case you were wondering, that officially makes them the richest university in the world. As a comparison, the wealthiest British university, Cambridge, has a market value of only £4 billion.

Stanford University

Still in the high numbers, Stanford has a comfortable market value of $26,46 billion. It may not seem like much considering some of the other numbers that are getting thrown around here, but it’s still good enough to get them a solid spot as one of the top five richest universities in the world.

University of Pennsylvania

This modest $13,8 billion university is another strong grower. In a single year, their value has increased nearly 13%, which is just amazing if you think about it. If they can keep this up for a few years, it won’t be long until they’re on the top of this list.


Yale University

Yale only has a somewhat modest market value of $29,4 billion, which is kind of surprising. Their biggest competitor, Harvard, has a value that’s almost a third higher. I guess that makes honest competition pretty much impossible, right?

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