If Harvard Were A Company …

Career College Central summary:

  • According to Samantha Sharf of Forbes, as tuition costs rise and Congress debates student loan interest rates, the role money plays in the world of education is becoming increasingly clear.
  • The top ten schools on Forbes' 2013 college ranking control a combined $107 billion through their endowments. Stanford University, No. 1 on the list, holds a $17 billion endowment. Yale University at No. 4 holds $19.3 billion. Even little Pomona College, ranked second on our list, has $1.7 billion.
  • If it’s obvious that huge sums of money flow through top colleges, a new question arises: how would these schools financially stack up with the public companies they supply with money through investments and with talent through graduation?To make these comparisons Forbes used shareholder equity because like endowment it is essentially a measure of net assets. Stanford would sit just above Target, which has $16.6 billion in shareholder equity and comes in around 91st when ranking companies by this metric. Pomona would rank around 722nd right below DiamondRock Hospitality Co.

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