The New York Times just produced this fascinating chart, rating American colleges on their "college access" or the level of socioeconomic diversity of their student bodies. There are some surprises, Vassar, a small liberal arts school with less financial aid than big names like Stanford and Harvard tops the list. Access to a university is so often a gateway to further economic and social opportunities, in order for the "American Dream" to be more than a myth, these schools need to get better and better and attracting students from all income levels and social classes and supporting their education. We should look into Vassar's policies, applaud their work, and encourage others to emulate them.
To measure top colleges’ efforts on economic diversity, The Upshot calculated a College Access Index, based on the share 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.