St. Mary’s College, located in Indiana, is a Catholic all women’s university. They were established in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The school has a small student body and faculty, compared to others on this list, with just over 1,600 students and around 200 teachers on the record for 2018.
St. Mary’s caters to undergraduates, providing 5 different bachelor’s degree programs with 30 routes of study. They also offer two graduate degree programs: a Doctorate and a Master of Science. Carol Ann Mooney, the 11th president of the university, is an alumnus herself, as is U.S Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Purdue University: $2.5 Billion
This public research university, located in West Lafayette, Indiana, was founded in 1869. It was all made possible by local businessman, John Purdue, who donated both the land and money needed to get everything started. They have grown to become a world-renowned school, 56th, according to U.S News & World Report.
The school has an endowment of over $2.5 billion, and an annual budget of nearly the same amount. They have been classified as an R1: Doctoral University, due to their high research activity. There have been several notable graduates to emerge from Purdue, including 25 astronauts. Between the alumni and faculty, there have also been over a dozen Nobel Prize winners from the school.
The University Of Washington: $3.4 Billion
The University of Washington is a public research university in Seattle. It was established in 1861 and has grown into one of the best schools in the world. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings cites UW as one of the leading universities in scientific performance and research. In 2015, they received over $1 billion in research funding, although their total yearly budget is closer to $7.5 billion.
There were nearly 48,000 students in attendance last year, and about 16,000 faculty members. Several Nobel and Pulitzer Prize winners have been affiliated with the University of Washington, as well as Rhodes and Marshall Scholars, among many other prestigious organizations.
University of Illinois: $2.523 Billion
The university Ranked as #51 among the best universities in the world, so, as you can imagine, quite a bit of money gets poured into it. The institution is renowned for its engineering, business, as well as its agricultural programs.
It's these programs that get the most donations. One example that stands out would be when the School of Engineering accepted $100 million from the [William] Grainger Foundation, Inc. in 2013, as well as $25 million more in 2017.
University of Richmond: $2.477 Billion
The Baptist school originally called Dunlora Academy, University of Richmond closed down during the Civil War. In 1866, due to some generous donations, the school was reopened. Another sum was donated of $5,000 was donated by tobacconist James Thomas, Jr. In 1969.
The University of Richmond saw another generous donation of $50 million from millionaire E. Claiborne Robins, a renowned millionaire who made his fortune in pharmaceuticals. It didn't end there. Years later, the Robins family gave $175 million towards the establishment of the E. Claiborne Robins School of Business.