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September 11, 2023

Berry Among Top Colleges with Economic Diversity

The New York Times has published the College-Access Index, a list of the country’s most-selective universities ranked in order of economic diversity. The Times measured economic diversity by analyzing the share of students receiving Pell Grants, which typically go to students from the bottom half of the income distribution. The list covers the 286 most-selective colleges in the country, defined by Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges and other metrics.

Berry ranked second among selective Georgia colleges for the number of Pell grant students it welcomes.
Berry Vice President for Enrollment Andrew Bressette said Berry's current data shows that about 28% of the student population used Pell for the last several years.

"Our focus over the last few years has been to better fund students and reduce their reliance on student loan debts. We have decreased the percentage of Pell students using loans in their first year of college by 10% over the last five years," Bressette said.

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