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:
Texas A&M University—​Kingsville

Kingsville, TX

92%
Texas Southern University

Houston, TX

84%
Kent State University

Kent, OH

83%
South Carolina State University

Orangeburg, SC

82%
Tennessee State University

Nashville, TN

77%
National-​Louis University 1

Chicago, IL

73%
University of Texas—​El Paso

El Paso, TX

69%
Our Lady of the Lake University

San Antonio, TX

66%
North Carolina A&T State University

Greensboro, NC

64%
Morgan State University

Baltimore, MD

63%
Regent University

Virginia Beach, VA

62%
Barry University

Miami Shores, FL

61%
Spalding University

Louisville, KY

60%
University of California—​Riverside

Riverside, CA

59%
Texas A&M University—​Commerce

Commerce, TX

59%
Georgia State University

Atlanta, GA

58%
Ohio University

Athens, OH

58%
Florida International University

Miami, FL

58%
University of Memphis

Memphis, TN

57%
University of South Florida

Tampa, FL

57%
University of Montana

Missoula, MT

57%
Bowie State University

Bowie, MD

56%
Nova Southeastern University

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

56%
Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

55%
University of Akron

Akron, OH

53%

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