Economic Diversity

National Liberal Arts Colleges

Economic diversity has received growing attention in higher education, particularly at elite schools that haven't traditionally enrolled large numbers of low-income students or students from low-income families. This table shows the percentage of undergraduates receiving federal Pell Grants for low-income students.

The proportion of students on Pell Grants, which are most often given to undergrads with family incomes under $20,000, isn't a perfect measure of an institution's efforts to achieve economic diversity: A college might enroll a large number of students just above the Pell cutoff, for instance, and percentages at public universities may reflect the wide variation from state to state in the number of qualified low-income students.

Still, many experts say that Pell figures are the best available gauge of how many low-income undergrads there are on a given campus. Pell Grant percentages were calculated using 2011-2012 school year data on the number of Pell Grant recipients at each school collected by the U.S. Department of Education and given to U.S. News and fall 2011 total undergraduate enrollment collected from the colleges themselves by U.S. News.

School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
St. John's University

Collegeville, MN

21%
Ohio Wesleyan University

Delaware, OH

21%
Beloit College

Beloit, WI

21%
Juniata College

Huntingdon, PA

21%
Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

21%
Bryn Mawr College

Bryn Mawr, PA

20%
Luther College

Decorah, IA

20%
Williams College

Williamstown, MA

20%
Barnard College

New York, NY

20%
Wellesley College

Wellesley, MA

20%
Hampden-​Sydney College

Hampden-Sydney, VA

19%
Hendrix College

Conway, AR

19%
DePauw University

Greencastle, IN

19%
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NY

19%
Wesleyan University

Middletown, CT

19%
St. Anselm College

Manchester, NH

19%
Illinois Wesleyan University

Bloomington, IL

19%
College of Wooster

Wooster, OH

19%
St. Lawrence University

Canton, NY

18%
Bard College

Annandale on Hudson, NY

18%
Sewanee—​University of the South

Sewanee, TN

18%
Denison University

Granville, OH

18%
Pitzer College

Claremont, CA

18%
Kalamazoo College

Kalamazoo, MI

18%
Centre College

Danville, KY

17%

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