2012’s Top 10 HBCU Endowments

2012’s Top HBCU Endowments

This past year was a tough year for HBCU endowments. The top ten HBCU endowments saw a combined decline of $100 million dollars this past year while their top ten HWCU competitors saw an increase of $100 million. The $100 million comprises 0.07 percent of top ten HWCU endowments but comprises a staggering 7.0 percent of top ten HBCU endowments.

There were some shakeups in the top ten HBCU endowments with Meharry Medical College leaping over Florida A&M University for the number four spot in the top ten. Virginia State University becomes the new kid on the block entering the top ten at the number ten spot knocking Winston-Salem State University out of the position from last year. Virginia State University takes the leap into the top ten thanks to having the strongest return on investment of all top ten HBCU endowments with a solid 10.3 percent return on investment in an extremely rough economic climate for America’s college and university endowments in general. The Trojans were the only HBCU in the top ten to return double digits on its endowment last year. Texas College, although not making the top ten had the best return on investment of HBCUs reporting with 12.8 percent. Overall, only three out of the ten top HBCU endowments saw a positive return on investments. The MEAC holds four of the top ten spots and North Carolina A&T State University sits just outside of the top ten at number eleven. Howard University saw the most significant decline losing 12.0 percent and raising some real questions about whether it will come far enough back into the pack to allow Spelman College and Hampton University to make a run at becoming the first HBCU to the coveted one billion dollar mark.

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Endowment in millions (Investment Return)

1. Howard University

$460 712  (-12.0%)

2. Spelman College

$309 139 (-5.4%)

3. Hampton University 

$232 551 (-3.1%)

4. Meharry Medical College

$112 455 (4.6%)

5. Florida A&M University

$107 743 (-3.4%)

6. Morehouse School of Medicine

$66 925 (-8.2%)

7. Bethune Cookman University

$41 818 (-1.6%)

8. Texas Southern University

$37 962 (4.9%)

9. Tennessee State University

$37 987 (-0.6%)

10. Virginia State University

$33 290 (10.3%)

Take a look at how an endowment works. Not only scholarships to reduce the student debt burden but research, recruiting talented faculty & students, faculty salaries, and a host of other things can be paid for through a strong endowment. It ultimately is the lifeblood of a college or university to ensure its success generation after generation.


Additional Notes:
NACUBO Average Endowment – $491, 637 (-0.7%)
NACUBO Median Endowment – $90,051 (-1.8%)
Top 10 HWCU Endowments combined – $142.2 billion
Top 10 HBCU Endowments combined – $1.4 billion
Source: National Association of College & University Business Officers


9 responses to “2012’s Top 10 HBCU Endowments

  1. wHy is PVAMU not on this list the endowment is about 54million

    • Due to the method of reporting Prairie View A&M University is reported as a part of the Texas A&M University system endowment. Therefore, we have no way of independently verifying Prairie View A&M University’s actual endowment value. As Prairie View A&M University grows their independent foundation it is possible that it will then appear in the endowment reporting.

      • Isn’t Florida A&M under a system? Shouldn’t there be a disclaimer because not all schools are on this list. I know other HBCUs, PV included with higher endowments than some on this list.

      • The state university systems are not designed the same in Texas and Florida. Texas and Maryland systems require schools to give up their autonomy. Florida A&M University while under a state system still has its own board of trustees. Schools not on the list are Morehouse/Tuskegee who choose not to report their endowment to NACUBO and therefore can not be publicly verified.

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  5. Thomas Siplin

    Why isn’t Southern University not on the list? Where do they stand in the rankings?

    • Southern University has chosen not to report its endowment to NACUBO whom we use to verify annual endowments. At best we can report via US News that Southern’s endowment is approximately only $8 million and would not qualify it for a top ten ranking.

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