Economic Diversity

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.

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

Winona, MN

32%
Texas Tech University

Lubbock, TX

32%
South Dakota State University

Brookings, SD

32%
Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

31%
Seton Hall University

South Orange, NJ

31%
George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

31%
University of Maryland—​Baltimore County

Baltimore, MD

30%
Columbia University

New York, NY

30%
Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

30%
University of Rhode Island

Kingston, RI

30%
Missouri University of Science & Technology

Rolla, MO

29%
Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

29%
University of Texas—​Austin

Austin, TX

29%
Binghamton University—​SUNY

Binghamton, NY

29%
University of Nevada—​Reno

Reno, NV

29%
Clarkson University

Potsdam, NY

29%
University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

28%
University of Massachusetts—​Amherst

Amherst, MA

28%
University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

28%
University of Oregon

Eugene, OR

28%
Syracuse University

Syracuse, NY

28%
University of Arkansas

Fayetteville, AR

27%
Kansas State University

Manhattan, KS

27%
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry

Syracuse, NY

27%
Michigan Technological University

Houghton, MI

27%

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