Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Postsecondary Success

October 31, 2017

Let’s Waste College on the Old

Usually, when a demographic group is significantly underrepresented on elite college campuses, we consider it a problem. But there is one such problem that almost no one seems to notice or care much about. Nearly 30 percent of college undergraduates are adults, defined by the United States Department of Education as 25 years old or older.

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October 25, 2017

Pell Grant shares at top-ranked colleges: A sortable chart

In 2007, 12 percent of freshmen entering Vassar had enough need to qualify for federal Pell Grants. Within two years, the share had climbed to 20 percent and federal data showed it has stayed above that threshold ever since. In 2015, the Pell share for Vassar was 23 percent. Vassar is one of 39 nationally ranked schools with Pell shares of at least 20 percent in their freshmen classes in 2015, out of about 150 The Washington Post examined.

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