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Princeton has long faced another sort of image problem – the perception, fair or not, that it is not only elite but elitist. News & World Report lists among the top 100 national universities and top 50 liberal-arts colleges – federal data shows that the median share of first-year students in 2015 who were Pell-eligible was 16 percent.
About a decade ago, he said, university leaders realized that “we can do a hell of a lot better.” But he acknowledged there are limits to what Princeton can do.
“There are a lot of inequities in American society,” Eisgruber said.
A school for the rich and well-heeled, with centuries of tradition and a surplus of collegiate Gothic ambiance. Income diversity remains elusive in the upper echelons of colleges. That was the percentage for Harvard and Brandeis universities in Massachusetts, as well as the University of Colorado at Boulder and Carleton College in Minnesota.
Washington and Lee University, a private college in Virginia, had the lowest share (6 percent), and the public University of California at Irvine the highest (41 percent).
“The private elite colleges send often-unintentional signals that they prefer students who can pay the freight over those who cannot,” said Harold Levy, executive director of the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, which gives scholarships to talented students with financial need.
Among those signals, he said, are daunting application fees, hard-to-find provisions for fee waivers and confusing descriptions of financial aid.
Most go to students whose families make less than ,000 a year, a range that spans deep poverty to moderate income. Researchers say the Pell-eligible share of freshmen at some top schools rose at least a few percentage points in recent years because Congress expanded the maximum grant and because incomes fell in the Great Recession of 2007 to 2009.Hurdles for Jewish and black students were torn down in the 1950s and ’60s.Princeton started admitting women as undergraduates in 1969, going coed 23 years after its bicentennial. president, also a pivotal Princeton president in the early 20th century, was a strong supporter of racial segregation.In other words, a college might have changed nothing about its recruiting in that time and still looked a bit better.But it is clear the Pell share has become an influential metric in the Ivy League and beyond.She won a seat on the student senate last year with the campaign slogan “Shoot for the moon, vote for June!