Most students at elite colleges come from well-to-do families, notes USA Today.
At the nation’s 146 most selective colleges, only 3% of students come from the lowest socioeconomic quarter, it says; 74% come from the top quarter.
And the gap has widened: Wealthy kids are increasingly displacing middle-income students, according to a study of selective institutions by the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA.
Recruiting low- and moderate-income students or offering more college aid won’t do much for income diversity. These kids don’t go to schools that prepare them for high-level college work.