Brown University in Rhode Island, Villanova University in Pennsylvania and Smith College in Massachusetts led U.S. schools for sending the most U.S. students abroad on the Fulbright Program, according to the U.S. State Department.
Schools that sent the most the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars are the University of South Florida, California Polytechnic State University, the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and Fort Lewis College in Colorado.
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Fulbright students are recent college graduates, graduate students and young professionals. Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators and established professionals.
Fulbrights came from medical, law, business and design schools, as well as several special-focus four-year institutions. To see a full list of the institutions by category, visit the Chronicle of Higher Education website.
Fulbrights are chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential, the program says. Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has supported more than 370,000 participants to exchange their ideas and contribute to solutions to shared international concerns.
More than 1,900 U.S. students, artists and early-career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study are offered Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas, and more than 800 U.S. scholars and established artists and professionals teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually, the State Department says.
The rankings are compiled by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, with the lists organized by Carnegie Classification. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s “flagship international educational exchange program,” according to the State Department, and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.