Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Colleges (South)

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:
#23 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Averett University

Danville, VA

#21 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Elizabeth City State University

Elizabeth City, NC

#16 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Coker College

Hartsville, SC

#13 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Tuskegee University

Tuskegee, AL

#23 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Blue Mountain College

Blue Mountain, MS

#18 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Kentucky Wesleyan College

Owensboro, KY

#17 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Catawba College

Salisbury, NC

#10 Overall Score: 85 out of 100. LaGrange College

LaGrange, GA

#15 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. Lenoir-​Rhyne University

Hickory, NC

#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Bryan College

Dayton, TN

#8 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Flagler College

St. Augustine, FL

#23 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. University of South Carolina—​Aiken

Aiken, SC

#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Anderson University

Anderson, SC

#6 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. University of the Ozarks

Clarksville, AR

#12 Overall Score: 81 out of 100. Carson-​Newman University

Jefferson City, TN

#19 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Charleston

Charleston, WV

#8 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Milligan College

Milligan College, TN

#4 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Asbury University

Wilmore, KY

#5 Overall Score: 90 out of 100. Florida Southern College

Lakeland, FL

#2 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. John Brown University

Siloam Springs, AR

#2 Overall Score: 95 out of 100. Meredith College

Raleigh, NC

#14 Overall Score: 77 out of 100. West Virginia Wesleyan College

Buckhannon, WV

#11 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. Covenant College

Lookout Mountain, GA

#6 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Wheeling Jesuit University

Wheeling, WV

#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. High Point University

High Point, NC


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