Pitzer College Ranks #1 in Student Fulbright Fellowships for Sixth Straight Year

Fulbright_Top Student Producer-15-16_BadgeClaremont, Calif. (February 22, 2016)—For the sixth consecutive year, Pitzer College is the top producer of student Fulbright Fellows among all US colleges in the “bachelor’s institutions” category, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education. Pitzer’s 21 2015-16 student Fulbright Fellows topped the Chronicle’s top-producer list, which included Smith College, Williams College and Amherst College. In recent years, approximately 10 percent of the College’s graduating class has won Fulbright Fellowships, and the College has been the per capita leader for a dozen of the past 13 years.

“Pitzer students are passionate about social responsibility and creating positive change in our world,” said Pitzer College Interim President Thomas Poon. “Through the Fulbright program, their research and teaching create opportunity for far-reaching positive global change.”

The Chronicle’s list of top Fulbright producers is based on the number of students and recent alumni who apply through their college or university and both receive and accept offers to participate in the Fulbright US Student Program. Pitzer’s 2015-16 Fulbright Fellows are: Sebastian Aguiar ’14, Tassos Bareiss ’15, Braden Bernards ’15, Adrian Brandon ’15, Andrew Buitron ’15, Nour Bundogji ’15, Casandra Campeas ’11, Laura Gabriel ’15, Lindsay Galeste ’15, Miriam Goldfarb ’15, Matthew Hollander ’15, Ashton Hoselton ’15, Susan Klein ’15, Maria Krol-Sinclair ’15, Robert Little ’15, Valentina Michelotti ’14, Nicholas Morton ’15, Sophia Rehmus ’15, Isabel Semler ’15, Maeve Williams ’15 and Danielle Wilson ’15.

Professor Roberta Espinoza, the interim director of the Institute for Global/Local Action & Study, which advises Fulbright applicants, said the number of students who win the fellowships each year is a testament to the College’s aim to produce engaged, socially responsible citizens of the world.

“This approach to an interdisciplinary liberal arts education that emphasizes intercultural understanding makes Pitzer students ideal candidates for the Fulbright Fellowship,” Espinoza said. “The Fulbright draws many of our students who want to continue to expand their intercultural skills after they graduate.”

Last year, the Claremont Colleges received a combined 52 2015-16 student Fulbrights—Pitzer College (21), Pomona College (14), Scripps College (9) and Claremont McKenna College (8)—more than any single research university, including Harvard University, Yale University or Columbia University.

The Fulbright Program is the US government’s flagship international educational exchange program, and the Fulbright US Student Program operates in more than 140 countries throughout the world. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 360,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually by The Chronicle of Higher Education. Lists of Fulbright recipients are available on the Fulbright Program website.

Related Links:

The U.S. State Department reports Pitzer’s top ranking for student Fulbrights

Institute of International Education covers top producers of Fulbright Fellows

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