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:
D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

41%
Alfred University

Alfred, NY

40%
SUNY—​Oswego

Oswego, NY

40%
CUNY—​Queens College

Flushing, NY

40%
Neumann University

Aston, PA

39%
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Galloway, NJ

39%
Montclair State University

Montclair, NJ

39%
Daemen College

Amherst, NY

39%
Alvernia University

Reading, PA

39%
College of St. Rose

Albany, NY

38%
Frostburg State University

Frostburg, MD

38%
Marywood University

Scranton, PA

38%
University of Massachusetts—​Dartmouth

North Dartmouth, MA

38%
Chatham University

Pittsburgh, PA

37%
SUNY—​Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh, NY

37%
La Salle University

Philadelphia, PA

37%
Robert Morris University

Moon Township, PA

36%
Mount St. Mary College

Newburgh, NY

36%
Southern Connecticut State University

New Haven, CT

36%
Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA

36%
Wheelock College

Boston, MA

36%
Gwynedd-​Mercy College

Gwynedd Valley, PA

36%
SUNY—​Fredonia

Fredonia, NY

36%
Salem State University

Salem, MA

36%
Hood College

Frederick, MD

35%

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