Vassar ranked 8th overall (and first among private colleges) on the New York Times’ College Access Index for 2015. The index is a measure of top colleges’ efforts on economic diversity and is based on the percentages of students who receive Pell grants, graduation rates of Pell grant students, and the price of college for low- and middle-income students.
This year, the New York Times changed its parameters for inclusion on the list, including colleges with a five-year graduation rate of 75 percent or higher. Last year, when Vassar ranked 1st on the inaugural list, colleges were required to have a four-year graduation rate of 75 percent or higher.
Read the story and view the index here.
Watch President Catharine Hill—one of a panel of five higher education leaders—discuss the challenges facing colleges, universities, and low-income students at the New York Times' Schools For Tomorrow conference.