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Washington U. Is No Longer America’s Least Economically Diverse College. Is That Good Enough?

For two years, The New York Times browbeat Washington University in St. Louis about the institution’s dearth of students from low-income families.

Students at Vassar College were three times as likely to receive Pell Grants than students at WashU, the Times first reported in 2013. A year later, it compiled a College Access Index, which ranked WashU the least economically diverse of all top colleges, with only 6 percent of its students Pell-eligible.

WashU decided enough was enough. The university made a New Year’s resolution for 2015: It would more than double its number of Pell-eligible students by 2020.