Endowment funds last year: $19.4 billion
Change from previous year: 16.3%
Students last fall: 11,875
Undergraduate tuition: $52,700 for tuition, room and board for the 2011-12 academic year Yale University's close to $20 billion endowment gives it the runner-up spot on the list, though the 16% increase in that fund from the previous year is one of the lowest of the top 10 schools, suggesting that it may not hold the second spot for long. The school also reports a declining participation rate among its alumni donors, which has gone from 41% in 2001 to 34% in the current academic year.