Economic Diversity

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.

School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
Mount Marty College

Yankton, SD

39%
Union College

Lincoln, NE

39%
Grace College and Seminary

Winona Lake, IN

38%
Morningside College

Sioux City, IA

38%
Notre Dame College of Ohio

Cleveland, OH

36%
Mayville State University

Mayville, ND

36%
Mount Mercy University

Cedar Rapids, IA

35%
University of Mount Union

Alliance, OH

35%
Northwestern College

Orange City, IA

34%
Purdue University—​North Central

Westville, IN

34%
Hastings College

Hastings, NE

33%
University of Sioux Falls

Sioux Falls, SD

33%
St. Joseph's College

Rensselaer, IN

33%
Dordt College

Sioux Center, IA

33%
Marietta College

Marietta, OH

32%
University of Jamestown

Jamestown, ND

29%
Northern State University

Aberdeen, SD

29%
Ohio Northern University

Ada, OH

28%
Valley City State University

Valley City, ND

28%
Augustana College

Sioux Falls, SD

28%
Loras College

Dubuque, IA

26%
University of Minnesota—​Crookston

Crookston, MN

25%
Martin Luther College 1

New Ulm, MN

24%
Cedarville University

Cedarville, OH

23%
Benedictine College

Atchison, KS

22%

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