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:
Burlington College

Burlington, VT

60%
Bay Path College

Longmeadow, MA

60%
West Virginia State University

Institute, WV

55%
SUNY College—​Old Westbury

Old Westbury, NY

55%
Morehouse College

Atlanta, GA

53%
Clearwater Christian College

Clearwater, FL

53%
Guilford College

Greensboro, NC

53%
Virginia Intermont College

Bristol, VA

53%
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma

Chickasha, OK

52%
University of Pikeville

Pikeville, KY

52%
Spelman College

Atlanta, GA

51%
Louisiana State University—​Alexandria

Alexandria, LA

48%
Lyon College

Batesville, AR

48%
Bethany College

Bethany, WV

48%
Colorado Mesa University

Grand Junction, CO

47%
Wells College 1

Aurora, NY

47%
University of Wisconsin—​Parkside

Kenosha, WI

47%
Oglethorpe University

Atlanta, GA

47%
University of Maine—​Machias

Machias, ME

47%
Linfield College

McMinnville, OR

45%
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

North Adams, MA

44%
Agnes Scott College

Decatur, GA

44%
Pacific Union College

Angwin, CA

44%
Emory and Henry College

Emory, VA

43%
Monmouth College

Monmouth, IL

43%

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