Unseating the lauded Harvard and ranking above neighboring Stanford, UC Berkeley landed the No. 1 spot on Forbes 2021 list of America’s Top Colleges released Wednesday.
“Cal’s 31,000 undergraduates pay just over $14,000 a year ($29,000 more for non-California residents) in tuition and fees for an education that is arguably richer than what they would receive at arch-rival Stanford,” Forbes said in an article hailing the local school founded in 1868.
Harvard, which was No. 1 in 2019, dropped to seventh. (Forbes didn’t do the list in 2020 due to COVID.) How did the Golden Bear make the leap? Forbes explained that “21% of incoming freshmen and 43% of Cal’s transfer students receive Pell Grants, money offered by the federal government to help low- and moderate-income families afford college.” At the Massachusetts Ivy League school, only 12% of Harvard undergrads receive Pell Grants, Forbes said.
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