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:
Cameron University

Lawton, OK

55%
California State University—​Northridge

Northridge, CA

55%
St. Mary's University of San Antonio

San Antonio, TX

54%
LeTourneau University

Longview, TX

54%
Southern Nazarene University

Bethany, OK

53%
Notre Dame de Namur University

Belmont, CA

53%
Humboldt State University

Arcata, CA

53%
California Baptist University

Riverside, CA

53%
California State University—​East Bay

Hayward, CA

53%
Holy Names University

Oakland, CA

52%
Mills College

Oakland, CA

51%
Northwestern Oklahoma State University

Alva, OK

51%
Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches, TX

50%
University of the Incarnate Word

San Antonio, TX

50%
California State University—​Long Beach

Long Beach, CA

49%
Boise State University

Boise, ID

49%
La Sierra University

Riverside, CA

49%
California State Polytechnic University—​Pomona

Pomona, CA

49%
Houston Baptist University

Houston, TX

49%
Angelo State University

San Angelo, TX

49%
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Weatherford, OK

48%
Montana State University—​Billings

Billings, MT

48%
Western Oregon University

Monmouth, OR

47%
Lubbock Christian University

Lubbock, TX

47%
Evergreen State College

Olympia, WA

47%

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