Economic Diversity Among the Top 25 Ranked Schools

Regional Universities (West)

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:
#20 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Mount St. Mary's College

Los Angeles, CA

62%
#5 Overall Score: 86 out of 100. Mills College

Oakland, CA

51%
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. George Fox University

Newberg, OR

39%
#15 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. St. Edward's University

Austin, TX

37%
#12 Overall Score: 69 out of 100. University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

35%
#20 Overall Score: 58 out of 100. Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

34%
#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

34%
#11 Overall Score: 72 out of 100. St. Mary's College of California

Moraga, CA

33%
#14 Overall Score: 67 out of 100. Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

32%
#15 Overall Score: 66 out of 100. Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

30%
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM

29%
#17 Overall Score: 64 out of 100. Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

29%
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

29%
#18 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

28%
#22 Overall Score: 57 out of 100. Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

27%
#19 Overall Score: 61 out of 100. Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

25%
#7 Overall Score: 78 out of 100. Chapman University

Orange, CA

23%
#6 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. Seattle University

Seattle, WA

23%
#13 Overall Score: 68 out of 100. University of Dallas

Irving, TX

23%
#8 Overall Score: 76 out of 100. University of Portland

Portland, OR

23%
#24 Overall Score: 55 out of 100. Oklahoma City University

Oklahoma City, OK

22%
#9 Overall Score: 75 out of 100. California Polytechnic State University—​San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, CA

21%
#3 Overall Score: 92 out of 100. Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles, CA

21%
#4 Overall Score: 87 out of 100. Gonzaga University

Spokane, WA

20%
#2 Overall Score: 99 out of 100. Santa Clara University

Santa Clara, CA

16%
#1 Overall Score: 100 out of 100. Trinity University

San Antonio, TX

14%

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