In my last few columns, I have written about the recent efforts of Washington University in St. Louis to become more socioeconomically diverse. If Wash U. officials want to know more about what it takes for an elite private liberal arts college to excel in this pursuit, they should look no further than Grinnell College in Iowa.
Grinnell has long been committed to enrolling low-income students. Currently, nearly a quarter of the school’s students are recipients of Pell Grants, which is the federal government’s primary source of aid for financially needy students. The college not only welcomes financially needy students but provides them with enough financial and academic support to help them succeed at the school.