Top Fundraising Colleges and Universities, in Total Amount Raised, 2012

Updated March 17, 2017 | Factmonster Staff

The Council for Aid and Education conducted the Voluntary Support of Education survey, collecting information on colleges and Universities who raised the most money in 2012. From 2006 to 2012, private contributions to colleges and universities in the United States increased by 6.3% to $29.75 billion.

RankCollege or UniversityAmount raised
1.Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)$832,344,826
2.Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.)613,985,000
3.University of Southern California (Los Angeles, Calif.)469,646,622
4.Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, Md.)430,455,336
5.Columbia University (New York, N.Y.)423,849,107
6.Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.)406,925,075
7.University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pa.)392,420,770
8.Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)391,315,420
9.Duke University (Durham, N.C.)372,328,154
10.University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)364,779,738
11.Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Mass.)329,158,304
12.University of Chicago (Chicago, Ill.)328,328,020
13.University of Wisconsin-Madison (Madison, Wis.)325,336,779
14.University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)300,199,601
15.University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Mich.)293,403,123
16.University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minn.)288,750,059
17.New York University (New York, N.Y.)287,587,458
18.University of Virginia (Charlottesville, Va.)282,610,619
19.Indiana University (Bloomington, Ind.)278,553,274
20.University of California, San Francisco (San Francisco, Calif.)251,945,342

Source: Council for Aid to Education, a subsidiary of RAND. Web:

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