Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

National Universities

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.

U.S. News rank School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of California—​Los Angeles

Los Angeles, CA

38%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. University of California—​Berkeley

Berkeley, CA

37%
#4 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Columbia University

New York, NY

30%
#23 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

24%
#20 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Emory University

Atlanta, GA

23%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

20%
#7 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, MA

20%
#16 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

18%
#5 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Stanford University

Stanford, CA

18%
#18 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Rice University

Houston, TX

17%

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