UC Riverside is the top university in the United States for social mobility, according to the 2020 U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges rankings.
The magazine’s social mobility ranking measures the number of students receiving Pell Grants and how many of those people graduated, the magazine stated.
Pell Grants are subsidies paid by the U.S. government to help underprivileged students attend college for the first time. Most of those grants go to people from households with an annual income of less than $50,000.
UC Riverside enrolls more students who receive Pell Grants than nearly every university in the United States, and more than the entire Ivy League combined.
“UC Riverside is not a newcomer to the social mobility movement,” Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox said in a statement. “It’s been part of our ethos for a generation, and we are heartened that rankings publications are starting to catch up.”
U.S. News 2020 rankings, which were published Monday, ranked UC Riverside 39th overall among public universities, 58th in the “Best for Veterans” category, 83rd among undergraduate engineering programs and 90th among undergraduate business programs.