Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Universities (South)

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:
#11 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Embry-​Riddle Aeronautical University

Daytona Beach, FL

84%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Rollins College

Winter Park, FL

51%
#24 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Christian Brothers University

Memphis, TN

50%
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Converse College

Spartanburg, SC

49%
#8 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Mercer University

Macon, GA

49%
#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Winthrop University

Rock Hill, SC

42%
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Spring Hill College

Mobile, AL

40%
#5 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Stetson University

DeLand, FL

40%
#25 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. Murray State University

Murray, KY

39%
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Queens University of Charlotte

Charlotte, NC

38%
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Union University

Jackson, TN

33%
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Loyola University New Orleans

New Orleans, LA

31%
#15 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. University of North Carolina—​Wilmington

Wilmington, NC

31%
#20 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Lipscomb University

Nashville, TN

30%
#9 Overall Score: 79 out of 100. Appalachian State University

Boone, NC

28%
#22 Overall Score: 65 out of 100. University of Tampa

Tampa, FL

28%
#4 Overall Score: 88 out of 100. The Citadel

Charleston, SC

27%
#12 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. College of Charleston

Charleston, SC

25%
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY

23%
#7 Overall Score: 83 out of 100. Belmont University

Nashville, TN

20%
#18 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. Christopher Newport University

Newport News, VA

18%
#13 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. University of Mary Washington

Fredericksburg, VA

17%
#3 Overall Score: 90 out of 100. Samford University

Birmingham, AL

16%
#6 Overall Score: 84 out of 100. James Madison University

Harrisonburg, VA

14%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Elon University

Elon, NC

10%

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