Overall Rating Bronze
Overall Score 31.76
Liaison Jonathan Ehrlich
Submission Date Dec. 17, 2019

STARS v2.2

United World College-USA
PA-8: Affordability and Access

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.66 / 4.00 Todd Austin
Special Assistant for Strategic Initiatives
President's Office
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Percentage of need met, on average, for students who were awarded any need-based aid :

Percentage of students graduating without student loan debt:

Percentage of entering students that are low-income:

Graduation/success rate for low-income students:

A brief description of notable policies or programs to make the institution accessible and affordable to low-income students:

UWC-USA has a student body of 235 students representing approximately 90 countries. Roughly 20% of those students come from the United States. Most US students apply for the Davis Scholarship Fund that gives a $25,000 merit-scholarship. Additional funds are provided through endowed scholarship on a needs basis.

The application process for US students to all UWCs (not just UWC-USA) includes a round of interviews at UWC-USA in New Mexico. Financial assistance is available to help American students attend those interviews.

A brief description of notable policies or programs to support non-traditional students:

International students, who constitute roughly 80% of the student body, are chosen through approximately 160 National Selection Committees in their own countries. Funding for those students are provided through endowed scholarships and/or funds provided by the respective national committees.

Approximately 85% of all students (US & international) receive full or partial scholarships.

Generous, need-based funding is also available to all UWC (not just UWC-USA) graduates for further study at 99 Universities and Colleges in the United States after graduation through the Davis United World College Scholars Program. (see https://www.davisuwcscholars.org/partners for details)

Estimated percentage of students that participate in or directly benefit from the institution’s policies and programs to support low-income and non-traditional students:

Website URL where information about the institution’s accessibility and affordability initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

As mentioned above, recruitment for UWC-USA's international students is largely handled by approximately 160 national committees. While many of the national committees intentionally seek out students from low-income backgrounds and/or underrepresented (or persecuted) groups, it would be extremely difficult logistically to determine what percentage of kids come from low-income backgrounds and how even to define "low income" across so many different countries.

Graduation/success rate for UWC students as a whole was 117/121 (class of 2017), 107/115 (class of 2018), and 106/113 (class of 2019), which is an average of 95%. We can not determine "graduation/success rate for low income students", because we don't have data on how many of the students are "low income." Students who do not complete the program typically are asked to leave the College due to disciplinary issues.

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