Economic Diversity

Regional Universities (North)

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:
SUNY Buffalo State

Buffalo, NY

51%
Felician College

Lodi, NJ

51%
Medaille College

Buffalo, NY

51%
Roberts Wesleyan College

Rochester, NY

50%
The Sage Colleges

Troy, NY

50%
Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

Mansfield, PA

50%
Edinboro University of Pennsylvania

Edinboro, PA

48%
Point Park University

Pittsburgh, PA

48%
Georgian Court University

Lakewood, NJ

47%
Eastern University

St. Davids, PA

46%
Kean University

Union, NJ

46%
Husson University

Bangor, ME

46%
SUNY College—​Potsdam

Potsdam, NY

46%
Utica College

Utica, NY

45%
CUNY—​Hunter College

New York, NY

45%
College at Brockport—​SUNY

Brockport, NY

45%
Dominican College

Orangeburg, NY

44%
William Paterson University of New Jersey

Wayne, NJ

43%
Anna Maria College

Paxton, MA

43%
SUNY Institute of Technology—​Utica/​Rome

Utica, NY

42%
Rhode Island College

Providence, RI

42%
Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania

Lock Haven, PA

42%
Caldwell College

Caldwell, NJ

42%
Lesley University

Cambridge, MA

41%
New England College

Henniker, NH

41%

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