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USNews.com: America's Best Colleges 2008

Economic Diversity Among All National Universities

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 2005-2006 data on grant recipients collected by the U.S. Dept. of Education and fall 2005 total undergraduate enrollment collected from the colleges themselves.

School Percentage of undergrads
receiving Pell Grants
University of La Verne (CA) 90%
Jackson State University (MS)* 74%
South Carolina State University * 69%
Polytechnic University (NY) 58%
Tennessee State University * 54%
University of Texas–El Paso * 54%
Texas A&M Univ.–Kingsville * 52%
Univ. of Southern Mississippi * 50%
Utah State University * 50%
North Carolina A&T State Univ. * 49%
Texas A&M University–Commerce * 49%
Idaho State University * 48%
Morgan State University (MD)* 48%
Florida International University * 44%
Univ. of California–Riverside * 42%
Cleveland State University * 41%
University of Memphis * 41%
University of Montana * 41%
University of Bridgeport (CT) 40%
Nova Southeastern University (FL) 39%
Texas Woman's University * 39%
Barry University (FL) 38%
Univ. of California–Los Angeles * 37%
Trinity International Univ. (IL) 36%
University of Illinois–Chicago * 35%
Wayne State University (MI)* 35%
Andrews University (MI) 34%
East Tennessee State University * 34%
Georgia State University * 34%
Howard University (DC) 34%
Northern Arizona University * 34%
University of Idaho * 34%
Brigham Young Univ.–Provo (UT) 33%
Portland State University (OR)* 33%
Southern Illinois U.–Carbondale * 33%
University of Houston * 33%
Indiana Univ. of Pennsylvania * 31%
Mississippi State University * 31%
Temple University (PA)* 31%
Trevecca Nazarene University (TN) 31%
University of California–Berkeley * 31%
University of California–Davis * 31%
Univ. of California–San Diego * 31%
University of Louisiana–Lafayette * 31%
University of Texas–Arlington * 31%
University of the Pacific (CA) 31%
Widener University (PA) 31%
St. John's University (NY) 30%
University of Alabama–Birmingham * 30%
U. of North Carolina–Greensboro * 30%
University of Toledo (OH)* 30%
University of West Florida * 30%
Wichita State University (KS)* 30%
Indiana U.-Purdue U.–Indianapolis * 29%
Montana State University * 29%
Oral Roberts University (OK) 29%
San Diego State University * 29%
Univ. of Massachusetts–Boston * 29%
East Carolina University (NC)* 28%
Georgia Southern University * 28%
University of Maine–Orono * 28%
George Fox University (OR) 27%
Northern Illinois University * 27%
Oklahoma State University * 27%
University of Alabama–Huntsville * 27%
University of California–Irvine * 27%
U. of North Carolina–Charlotte * 27%
University of North Texas * 27%
DePaul University (IL) 26%
Florida Atlantic University * 26%
Florida State University * 26%
Louisiana Tech University * 26%
New Jersey Inst. of Technology * 26%
South Dakota State University * 26%
University of Utah * 26%
Washington State University * 26%
Fordham University (NY) 25%
Kansas State University * 25%
Old Dominion University (VA)* 25%
Pacific University (OR) 25%
Univ. of California–Santa Barbara * 25%
Univ. of California–Santa Cruz * 25%
Univ. of Missouri–Kansas City * 25%
University of Texas–Dallas * 25%
University of Wyoming * 25%
West Virginia University * 25%
Adelphi University (NY) 24%
Biola University (CA) 24%
Central Michigan University * 24%
Loyola University Chicago 24%
University of Louisville (KY)* 24%
Univ. of Missouri–St. Louis * 24%
Clarkson University (NY) 23%
University of Arizona * 23%
University of Missouri–Rolla * 23%
University of Oklahoma * 23%
University of Oregon * 23%
University of Florida * 22%
Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst * 22%
University of San Francisco 22%
Univ. of South Carolina–Columbia * 22%
Univ. of Wisconsin–Milwaukee * 22%
Azusa Pacific University (CA) 21%
Ball State University (IN)* 21%
Hofstra University (NY) 21%
Illinois Institute of Technology 21%
Iowa State University * 21%
University of Alabama * 21%
University of Arkansas * 21%
University of Central Florida * 21%
University of North Dakota * 21%
University of Tennessee * 21%
University of Texas–Austin * 21%
Virginia Commonwealth University * 21%
Florida Institute of Technology 20%
Louisiana State U.–Baton Rouge * 20%
Michigan Technological University * 20%
St. Mary's Univ. of Minnesota 20%
Texas Tech University * 20%
University of Hawaii–Manoa * 20%
Univ. of Nebraska–Lincoln * 20%
University of Nevada–Las Vegas * 20%
University of Tulsa (OK) 20%
Duquesne University (PA) 19%
Illinois State University * 19%
Pepperdine University (CA) 19%
Seton Hall University (NJ) 19%
Syracuse University (NY) 19%
University of Kentucky * 19%
University of Miami (FL) 19%
University of Rhode Island * 19%
Western Michigan University * 19%
Clark University (MA) 18%
Drexel University (PA) 18%
George Mason University (VA)* 18%
Michigan State University * 18%
Northeastern University (MA) 18%
University of Alaska–Fairbanks * 18%
Univ. of Massachusetts–Lowell * 18%
University of Northern Colorado * 18%
Colorado School of Mines * 17%
Colorado State University * 17%
New York University 17%
Purdue Univ.–West Lafayette (IN)* 17%
Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst. (NY) 17%
Stevens Institute of Technology (NJ) 17%
University of Iowa * 17%
Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities * 17%
Univ. of Southern California 17%
Indiana University–Bloomington * 16%
North Carolina State U.–Raleigh * 16%
Oakland University (MI)* 16%
St. Louis University 16%
University of Rochester (NY) 16%
Columbia University (NY) 15%
Southern Methodist University (TX) 15%
University of Denver 15%
University of Hartford (CT) 15%
U. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign * 15%
University of Kansas * 15%
Univ. of Maryland–College Park * 15%
Univ. of Missouri–Columbia * 15%
University of Vermont * 15%
Auburn University (AL)* 14%
Clemson University (SC)* 14%
Cornell University (NY) 14%
Dartmouth College (NH) 14%
Georgia Institute of Technology * 14%
University of Colorado–Boulder * 14%
University of Georgia * 14%
U. of North Carolina–Chapel Hill * 14%
University of St. Thomas (MN) 14%
Worcester Polytechnic Inst. (MA) 14%
California Institute of Technology 13%
Golden Gate University (CA) 13%
Marquette University (WI) 13%
Massachusetts Inst. of Technology 13%
Texas Christian University 13%
University of Michigan–Ann Arbor * 13%
University of San Diego 13%
Brandeis University (MA) 12%
Carnegie Mellon University (PA) 12%
Emory University (GA) 12%
Samford University (AL) 12%
Stanford University (CA) 12%
Virginia Tech * 12%
American University (DC) 11%
Boston College 11%
Brown University (RI) 11%
Harvard University (MA) 11%
University of Chicago 11%
University of Dayton (OH) 11%
University of Pennsylvania 11%
Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison * 11%
Vanderbilt University (TN) 11%
Yeshiva University (NY) 11%
Boston University 10%
Catholic University of America (DC) 10%
Georgetown University (DC) 10%
Immaculata University (PA) 10%
Johns Hopkins University (MD) 10%
Northwestern University (IL) 10%
Duke University (NC) 9%
George Washington University (DC) 9%
Lehigh University (PA) 9%
Rice University (TX) 9%
Tufts University (MA) 9%
University of Notre Dame (IN) 9%
Yale University (CT) 9%
College of William and Mary (VA)* 8%
University of Delaware * 8%
Princeton University (NJ) 7%
University of Virginia * 7%
Wake Forest University (NC) 7%
Washington University in St. Louis 6%
* denotes a public school.

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