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:
University of Georgia

Athens, GA

27%
Illinois State University

Normal, IL

27%
University of New Hampshire

Durham, NH

27%
University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY

27%
Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

26%
University of South Carolina

Columbia, SC

26%
University of Alaska—​Fairbanks

Fairbanks, AK

26%
Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

26%
University of Kentucky

Lexington, KY

26%
Iowa State University

Ames, IA

26%
Colorado State University

Fort Collins, CO

25%
New School

New York, NY

25%
University of Minnesota—​Twin Cities

Minneapolis, MN

25%
University of Nebraska—​Lincoln

Lincoln, NE

24%
University of Alabama

Tuscaloosa, AL

24%
Hofstra University

Hempstead, NY

24%
Stevens Institute of Technology

Hoboken, NJ

24%
Purdue University—​West Lafayette

West Lafayette, IN

24%
University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

24%
Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL

24%
University of Missouri

Columbia, MO

24%
North Carolina State University—​Raleigh

Raleigh, NC

24%
University of North Dakota

Grand Forks, ND

24%
Duquesne University

Pittsburgh, PA

24%
University of Kansas

Lawrence, KS

24%

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