Students Striving for Social Mobility Finding a Home at UIW

San Antonio, Sept. 10, 2019U.S. News & World Report has released its annual 2020 Best Colleges rankings, and the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) has been ranked 27th in the nation in universities providing Social Mobility. In addition, for the first time, UIW is ranked #272 among “National Universities.” This is the highest tier of the report ranking universities which offer a full range of majors at all levels, including doctoral and professional practice doctorates.

In the Social Mobility category, according to the report, “economically disadvantaged students are less likely than others to finish college, even when controlling for other characteristics. But some colleges are more successful than others at advancing social mobility by enrolling and graduating large proportions of disadvantaged students awarded with Pell Grants. The vast majority of these federal grants are awarded to students whose adjusted gross family incomes are under $50,000.”

“It is a guiding value of this University to open the doors of higher education and provide students the opportunity to live their lives to its fullest sense in spite of any social or socioeconomic obstacles,” says UIW President Thomas M. Evans, PhD. “Thirty percent of our students are the first in their families to go to college and we are very proud to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report for our efforts toward social mobility. It is a sign that we are on the right path.”

To rank colleges, U.S. News first places each school into a category based on its mission and, in some cases, its location (North, South, Midwest and West). U.S. News gathers data from and about each school in up to 15 areas related to academic excellence. The data for the 2020 edition of Best Colleges was gathered by U.S. News in spring 2019.