State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 21, 2017


The lists of more than 150 higher education institutions sending the most Fulbright U.S. Students and Scholars abroad in academic year 2016-2017 are now available and highlight the strong institutional diversity within the Fulbright Program.

Topping the list for sending the most U.S. Students abroad on the Fulbright Program are Brown University (RI), Villanova University (PA), and Smith College (MA). The University of South Florida, California Polytechnic State University, the United States Naval Academy (MD), and Fort Lewis College (CO) sent the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars. Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals. Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

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. Twenty-one community colleges and several special-focus four-year institutions also sent Fulbright U.S. Scholars abroad in 2016-2017 and are recognized in the top producing lists. To see a full list of the institutions by category, visit the Fulbright Online website.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 370,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential—with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns. Over 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.

Interested media should contact the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at eca-press@state.gov.