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:
Central State University

Wilberforce, OH

90%
College of the Ozarks

Point Lookout, MO

71%
Lincoln College

Lincoln, IL

68%
Dunwoody College of Technology

Minneapolis, MN

65%
MacMurray College

Jacksonville, IL

64%
Bethel College

Mishawaka, IN

61%
Kendall College

Chicago, IL

60%
Missouri Southern State University

Joplin, MO

60%
University of Northwestern—​St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

58%
Waldorf College 1

Forest City, IA

56%
Rochester College

Rochester Hills, MI

55%
Blackburn College

Carlinville, IL

55%
Crown College

St. Bonifacius, MN

55%
Defiance College

Defiance, OH

55%
Olivet College

Olivet, MI

54%
Trine University

Angola, IN

53%
York College

York, NE

53%
Culver-​Stockton College

Canton, MO

53%
McPherson College 1

McPherson, KS

52%
Tabor College

Hillsboro, KS

51%
Evangel University

Springfield, MO

50%
Indiana University East

Richmond, IN

49%
St. Mary-​of-​the-​Woods College

St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN

49%
Midland University

Fremont, NE

49%
Greenville College

Greenville, IL

49%
Urbana University 1

Urbana, OH

48%
Missouri Western State University

St. Joseph, MO

48%
Maranatha Baptist Bible College

Watertown, WI

47%
Grand View University

Des Moines, IA

47%
Concordia University 1

Ann Arbor, MI

46%
Judson University

Elgin, IL

46%
Lake Superior State University

Sault Ste. Marie, MI

46%
Sterling College

Sterling, KS

46%
Indiana University—​Kokomo

Kokomo, IN

45%
Briar Cliff University

Sioux City, IA

45%
Bluffton University

Bluffton, OH

44%
Bethany College 1

Lindsborg, KS

44%
Wilmington College 1

Wilmington, OH

43%
Eureka College

Eureka, IL

43%
Millikin University

Decatur, IL

43%
Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

43%
Adrian College

Adrian, MI

42%
Chadron State College 1

Chadron, NE

42%
North Central University

Minneapolis, MN

41%
Marian University

Indianapolis, IN

41%
Bethel College

North Newton, KS

40%
Franklin College

Franklin, IN

40%
Huntington University

Huntington, IN

40%
Stephens College

Columbia, MO

40%
Trinity Christian College

Palos Heights, IL

39%

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