Which Schools Had the Worst-Performing Endowments?

These colleges had the biggest declines in their endowments in the year ending June 30.

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These U.S. colleges or college systems had the greatest declines in their endowments for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2009. The first chart shows the 10 most significant drops in value, while the second chart lists the top 10 in terms of percentage drop.

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Rank of size of loss   2009 endowment value $ loss in endowment* % loss in endowment*
1 Harvard University $25,662,055,000 $(10,894,229,000.00) -29.8%
2 Yale University $16,327,000,000 $(6,543,000,000.00) -28.6%
3 Stanford University $12,619,094,000 $(4,595,279,000.00) -26.7%
4 University of Texas System $12,163,049,000 $(4,008,135,000.00) -24.8%
5 Princeton University $12,614,313,000 $(3,735,016,000.00) -22.8%
6 Northwestern University $5,445,260,000 $(1,798,688,000.00) -24.8%
7 Duke University $4,440,745,000 $(1,682,998,000.00) -27.5%
8 The Texas A&M University System and Foundation $5,083,754,177 $(1,575,598,270.00) -23.7%
9 University of Michigan $6,000,827,000 $(1,571,075,000.00) -20.7%
10 University of Chicago $5,094,087,000 $(1,538,224,000.00) 23.2%
Rank of percentage loss   2009 endowment value % loss in endowment*
1 Jacksonville University $23,268,585 -59.7%
2 Southern Connecticut State University Foundation $7,050,102 -42.8%
3 Bethany Lutheran College $28,729,702 -37.6%
4 Roger Williams University $62,747,000 -36.8%
5 Alverno College $16,699,740 -35.6%
6 Haverford College $336,086,000 -35.5%
7 Ohio Northern University $112,948,096 -34.9%
8 Lipscomb University $48,021,247 -34.1%
9 Mennonite Education Agency Investment Fund LLC $104,365,164 -34.0%
10 Chapman University $134,676,783 -33.3%

* For the year ending June 30, 2009, including withdrawals for spending
SOURCE: The 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments ®