Meet the one percent of American colleges and universities [SLIDESHOW]

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Most American colleges and universities are repositories of vast amounts of money, but some have built up endowments that border on the unbelievable.

When ranked by endowment per student, the top 10 colleges have more money at their disposal to spend on each student than most Americans will earn in their lifetimes.

And according to the Institute of Education Sciences, their total endowments compare favorably with the gross domestic products of several sovereign nations.

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Eric Owens