Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Colleges (Midwest)

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.

These rankings are split into 4 regions: North, South, Midwest and West.

U.S. News rank School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
#10 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

71%
#19 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Bethel College

Mishawaka, IN

61%
#13 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. University of Northwestern—​St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

58%
#18 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. St. Mary-​of-​the-​Woods College

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

49%
#24 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Judson University

Elgin, IL

46%
#25 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

44%
#17 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

43%
#13 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Millikin University

Decatur, IL

43%
#19 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Adrian College

Adrian, MI

42%
#25 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Marian University

Indianapolis, IN

41%
#19 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Bethel College

North Newton, KS

40%
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Franklin College

Franklin, IN

40%
#16 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Huntington University

Huntington, IN

40%
#22 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

38%
#25 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

35%
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

35%
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

34%
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

33%
#15 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Hastings College

Hastings, NE

33%
#4 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Marietta College

Marietta, OH

32%
#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Augustana College

Sioux Falls, SD

28%
#2 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

28%
#11 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Loras College

Dubuque, IA

26%
#5 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

23%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Taylor University

Upland, IN

20%

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