Pomona College ranked No. 8 in this year’s College Access Index, a New York Times measure of economic diversity at top colleges across the nation.

The index is based on how many low- and middle-income students colleges graduate and how much those students must pay. The goal of the index is to measure which top institutions are doing the most to promote the American dream. The list includes 171 colleges from across the country with five-year graduation rates of at least 75 percent. 

California colleges make up seven of the Top 10, with UC Irvine at No. 1. Pomona is the only private school in California in the Top 10, with the rest all UC campuses.

Pomona has ranked highly in the annual index created by Times’ The Upshot since its launch in 2014.

Located in Claremont, Calif., Pomona College is widely regarded as one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges. Established in 1887, Pomona is known for its quality academic programs, a challenging curriculum, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of student research and leadership opportunities.