For an article on higher education attempts to enroll more low-income students, Market Watch turned to Amherst as an example of a school that has successfully improved the mix.
“At Amherst College, increasing the size of its incoming class was among many strategies the school embarked on several years ago to open up the small liberal arts college to students it hadn’t traditionally served,” wrote Market Watch reporter Jillian Berman. “In addition to working to diversify the school’s applicant pool and establishing more generous financial aid policies, the school also chose to increase its freshman class size by 25 students every year for four years.”
“So far, it appears that the steps to increase diversity, including growing the class size, have worked. In the fall of 2006, the Amherst student body was made up of 1,613 students, 15.4% of whom were eligible for Pell grants. At the start of this academic year the college had about 1,846 students and 24.5% are Pell-eligible.”