Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Universities (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:
#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Webster University

St. Louis, MO

#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. Dominican University

River Forest, IL

#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. Elmhurst College

Elmhurst, IL

#17 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Otterbein University

Westerville, OH

#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

#7 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. John Carroll University

University Heights, OH

#21 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. Milwaukee School of Engineering

Milwaukee, WI

#5 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. Bradley University

Peoria, IL

#9 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Evansville

Evansville, IN

#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Northern Iowa

Cedar Falls, IA

#6 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN

#24 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Kettering University

Flint, MI

#13 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. North Central College

Naperville, IL

#10 Overall Score: 73 out of 100. Truman State University

Kirksville, MO

#4 Overall Score: 89 out of 100. Xavier University

Cincinnati, OH

#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Creighton University

Omaha, NE

#3 Overall Score: 91 out of 100. Drake University

Des Moines, IA

#2 Overall Score: 96 out of 100. Butler University

Indianapolis, IN

#20 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Rockhurst University

Kansas City, MO


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