NY Times: The Most Economically Diverse Top Colleges
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To measure top colleges efforts on economic diversity, The Upshot calculated a College Access Index, based on the percentage of freshmen in recent years who came from low-income families (measured by the share receiving a Pell grant) and on the net price of attendance for low- and middle-income families. The recent Pell (2012 - 2014) number for each college is the average percentage of the freshman class that received a Pell grant in 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2013-14; not all colleges had 2013 data yet. The earlier Pell (2008) value is for the fall of 2007. Average net price is the average total cost of attendance in 2012-13, including tuition, fees, room and board, after taking into account federal, state and institutional financial aid, for students who come from households earning between $30,000 and $48,000 a year and qualifying for federal aid.
Endowment per student is for the year 2011-12 and includes graduate students. The College Access Index is a combination of net price and the Pell average for 2011, 2012 and 2013, using a statistical technique known as a z-score. A college with an average score on the two measures in combination will receive a zero.
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