See How Area Colleges Fare in Accessibility to Lower-Income Students and Intergenerational Mobility


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Cheyney University scored highest among Delaware County colleges in a new study that measures schools’ roles in intergenerational mobility based on the economic makeup of their students.

The study points to the fact that some elite colleges have focused more on being affordable than being accessible, write Gregor Aisch, Larry Buchanan, Amanda Cox, and Kevin Quealy for The New York Times.

“Free tuition only helps if you can get in,” explained Danny Yagan, an assistant professor of economics at the University of California and one of the study’s authors.

The first percentage measures how many enrolled students are from the poorest 40 percent of the population. The second is mobility, which measures the percentage of students who transition from lower- to higher-income brackets after graduating.

Click the below links to go to each school’s full report and ranking.

Cheyney University has 60.4 percent from the poorest 40 percent with a mobility rate of 21.2 percent, while Neumann University is at 23.0 and 12.2.

Next is Widener University at 18.4 and 11.5, while Villanova University has 6.7 and 5.0, the lowest mobility in the region.

Of other schools in the area, Cabrini University has 15.2 and 9.3, Penn State has 16.2 and 9.3, Delaware County Community College has 23.8 and 9.0, Swarthmore College has 12.4 and 8.9, Haverford College has 9.4 and 5.8, and Eastern University has 14.8 and 5.4.

See the complete rankings in The New York Times by clicking here.

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