Economic Diversity

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.

School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
Malone University

Canton, OH

50%
Southwestern College

Winfield, KS

50%
Roosevelt University

Chicago, IL

50%
Fontbonne University

St. Louis, MO

49%
University of Wisconsin—​Superior

Superior, WI

48%
Quincy University

Quincy, IL

48%
University of St. Francis

Fort Wayne, IN

47%
Ferris State University

Big Rapids, MI

47%
Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon, OH

47%
University of Michigan—​Dearborn

Dearborn, MI

47%
Dominican University

River Forest, IL

47%
University of St. Francis

Joliet, IL

47%
St. Catherine University

St. Paul, MN

46%
Indiana University Southeast

New Albany, IN

46%
Indiana University—​South Bend

South Bend, IN

46%
Marian University

Fond du Lac, WI

46%
Saginaw Valley State University

University Center, MI

45%
Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg, KS

45%
Washburn University

Topeka, KS

45%
Ohio Dominican University

Columbus, OH

45%
Muskingum University

New Concord, OH

45%
Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL

45%
Concordia University Chicago

River Forest, IL

44%
Madonna University

Livonia, MI

44%
Emporia State University

Emporia, KS

44%

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