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:
University of Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN

44%
Graceland University

Lamoni, IA

44%
Purdue University—​Calumet

Hammond, IN

43%
Northern Michigan University

Marquette, MI

43%
Wayne State College

Wayne, NE

43%
Augsburg College

Minneapolis, MN

43%
Heidelberg University

Tiffin, OH

43%
Lindenwood University

St. Charles, MO

43%
University of Central Missouri 1

Warrensburg, MO

41%
University of Illinois—​Springfield

Springfield, IL

41%
Concordia University Wisconsin

Mequon, WI

41%
Anderson University

Anderson, IN

41%
Eastern Illinois University

Charleston, IL

41%
Bemidji State University

Bemidji, MN

41%
North Park University

Chicago, IL

41%
Lake Erie College

Painesville, OH

41%
University of St. Mary

Leavenworth, KS

40%
Concordia University—​St. Paul

St. Paul, MN

40%
Hamline University

St. Paul, MN

39%
Aquinas College

Grand Rapids, MI

39%
College of Mount St. Joseph

Cincinnati, OH

39%
University of Nebraska—​Kearney

Kearney, NE

39%
Southern Illinois University—​Edwardsville

Edwardsville, IL

38%
Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau, MO

38%
William Woods University 1

Fulton, MO

38%

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