For the second consecutive year, U.S. News & World report has named UC Riverside the top U.S. university for social mobility.
UC Riverside also ranked 34 among public universities and 88 among all universities for overall achievement, according to the magazine’s 2021 Best College Rankings.
“I’m thrilled for our campus community that we are recognized as a national leader and an innovator in the social mobility movement,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, in a statement posted on the school’s website.
“Also, our stature as a top 35 public university reflects the nation is catching up with what we already know — that UCR is a teaching and research force to be reckoned with.”
The social mobility ranking, which the magazine introduced last year, measures how many students receive Pell Grants and what percentage of those students graduate. Pell Grants are given out by the U.S. Department of Education to students with exceptional financial need who have yet to earn a degree. Pell Grants usually go to people with a yearly family income of less than $50,000, and they usually don’t have to be repaid.
UC Riverside enrolls more Pell Grant students than almost every university in the country, and more than all Ivy League schools combined, according to the statement.