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UC Berkeley ranks high in survey on enrollment of the poor and minorities

January 13, 2010 |  4:27 pm

UC Berkeley ranked relatively high in a new national survey about the enrollment of low-income and minority college students and financial aid for them.

The report, released today by the nonprofit Education Trust organization, criticized many top public universities for not attracting and supporting enough such students. Too many flagship state universities are spending scholarship money on high-income students to try to boost their academic rankings and attract high-tuition enrollment from other states, said the study, titled, "Opportunity Adrift: Our Flagship Universities Are Straying From Their Public Mission."

UC Berkeley, the only California university included, ranked in the top fourth of the 50 schools surveyed. For example, 33% of UC Berkeley students were poor enough to receive federal Pell grants in 2007, the report said, compared with a 20% average for all the campuses surveyed. Similarly, about 17% of UC Berkeley freshmen that year were black, Latino or Native American, compared with the 13% average for all schools in the report.

State universities in Florida, Maine, Utah and West Virginia were ranked highest in the report, while those in Georgia and Mississippi were among the lowest.

-- Larry Gordon