Economic Diversity

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.

School Percent of undergraduates receiving Pell Grants:
Walla Walla University

College Place, WA

36%
University of St. Thomas

Houston, TX

36%
University of Redlands

Redlands, CA

35%
Dominican University of California

San Rafael, CA

35%
Hardin-‚ÄčSimmons University

Abilene, TX

35%
Weber State University

Ogden, UT

35%
Whitworth University

Spokane, WA

34%
Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA

34%
Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

34%
Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage, AK

33%
St. Mary's College of California

Moraga, CA

33%
Regis University

Denver, CO

32%
Seattle Pacific University

Seattle, WA

32%
Oklahoma Christian University

Oklahoma City, OK

31%
Pacific Lutheran University

Tacoma, WA

30%
Westminster College

Salt Lake City, UT

29%
Point Loma Nazarene University

San Diego, CA

29%
New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, NM

29%
University of Alaska—‚ÄčAnchorage

Anchorage, AK

28%
California Lutheran University

Thousand Oaks, CA

28%
Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

27%
Abilene Christian University

Abilene, TX

25%
Hawaii Pacific University

Honolulu, HI

24%
Seattle University

Seattle, WA

23%
University of Dallas

Irving, TX

23%

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