Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Colleges (West)

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:
#9 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Warner Pacific College

Portland, OR

#20 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Northwest Christian University

Eugene, OR

#22 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. Hope International University

Fullerton, CA

#17 Overall Score: 59 out of 100. University of Montana—​Western

Dillon, MT

#19 Overall Score: 56 out of 100. East Texas Baptist University

Marshall, TX

#8 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Oklahoma Wesleyan University

Bartlesville, OK

#15 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. McMurry University

Abilene, TX

#20 Overall Score: 46 out of 100. Lewis-​Clark State College

Lewiston, ID

#10 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Vanguard University of Southern California

Costa Mesa, CA

#6 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Corban University

Salem, OR

#14 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Howard Payne University

Brownwood, TX

#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Texas Lutheran University

Seguin, TX

#15 Overall Score: 60 out of 100. Northwest University

Kirkland, WA

#4 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. Master's College and Seminary

Santa Clarita, CA

#12 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Rocky Mountain College

Billings, MT

#10 Overall Score: 70 out of 100. Menlo College

Atherton, CA

#5 Overall Score: 80 out of 100. Oklahoma Baptist University

Shawnee, OK

#6 Overall Score: 74 out of 100. Oregon Institute of Technology

Klamath Falls, OR

#2 Overall Score: 94 out of 100. California Maritime Academy

Vallejo, CA

#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Carroll College

Helena, MT


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