The U.S. Department of State recently announced the list of colleges and universities that produced the most Fulbright students for 2013-14.
And a spot on this list is one more bragging right for schools hoping to promote their accomplishments to prospective students. In fact, it’s way up there on the top of prestigious postgraduate opportunities including the Marshall, Rhodes, and Gates Scholarships.
Considerably larger in scope than the much older Rhodes Scholarship Program, the Fulbright Scholarship is the U.S. government’s flagship international exchange program. Since 1946, more than 44,000 students from the United States have been offered Fulbright grants to study, teach English, and conduct research. Currently, the Fulbright Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide.
And it’s often a ticket to personal success. In fact, 44 Fulbright alumni have been awarded the Nobel Prize, and more Nobel laureates are former Fulbright recipients than any other award program. In addition 78 have received the Pulitzer Prize, 10 have been elected to Congress, and 18 have served as head of state or government.
This year, more than 1,800 U.S. students, artists and young professionals in more than 100 different fields of study have been offered Fulbright Program grants in more than 140 countries throughout the world beginning this fall.
For prospective undergrads, the degree to which a college or university supports students interested in applying for programs such as the Fulbright can be an important consideration. And among those colleges that actively support global ambitions, the annual tally of grants offered is a measure of institutional success.
The following are lists of top producers of Fulbright students by type of institution for 2013-14:
Harvard University (39 awards this year/31 last year)
University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (32/40)
Arizona State University (26/23)
Princeton University (26/11)
Rutgers University (26/21)
Northwestern University (23/22)
University of Texas at Austin (22/22)
Columbia University (21/22)
Yale University (21/23)
Cornell University (20/11)
University of Chicago (20/24)
Villanova University (9 awards this year/5 last year)
Rollins College (8/5)
University of Portland (6/6)
Western Washington University (6/not listed)
Truman State University (5/not listed)
Pitzer College (22 awards this year/19 last year
Smith College (21/14)
Oberlin College (16/11)
Pomona College (16/14)
College of the Holy Cross (14/11)
Williams College (14/10)
Complete lists of Fulbright recipients are available at www.fulbrightonline.org/us.