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:
Union College

Schenectady, NY

17%
Virginia Military Institute

Lexington, VA

17%
Pomona College

Claremont, CA

17%
St. Michael's College

Colchester, VT

17%
Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

17%
College of the Holy Cross

Worcester, MA

16%
St. Mary's College of Maryland

St. Mary's City, MD

16%
Trinity College

Hartford, CT

16%
Haverford College

Haverford, PA

16%
Furman University

Greenville, SC

15%
Macalester College

St. Paul, MN

15%
Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

15%
Skidmore College

Saratoga Springs, NY

15%
Swarthmore College

Swarthmore, PA

15%
Washington College

Chestertown, MD

15%
St. Olaf College

Northfield, MN

15%
Claremont McKenna College

Claremont, CA

14%
Hamilton College

Clinton, NY

14%
Connecticut College

New London, CT

14%
Gettysburg College

Gettysburg, PA

14%
Bates College

Lewiston, ME

13%
Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, PA

13%
Stonehill College

Easton, MA

13%
Whitman College

Walla Walla, WA

13%
Carleton College

Northfield, MN

13%

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