Pitzer College Tops Fulbright List for 4th Straight Year

Claremont, Calif. (October 28, 2013) — For the fourth consecutive year, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Pitzer College as the top producer of Fulbright students and alumni among all US colleges in the "bachelor's institutions" category. With twenty-two 2013-14 Fulbright Fellows, Pitzer had more Fulbright winners than many major research institutions, including Yale University, Stanford University and Columbia University. In recent years, approximately 10 percent of the College's graduating class has won Fulbright Fellowships.

"The Fulbright program was built on the idea that creating understanding through international exchange ultimately creates a more peaceful and just world," said Pitzer College President Laura Skandera Trombley, who was appointed by President Barack Obama to the 12-member J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board earlier this year. "At Pitzer, we are proud that our accomplished students are selected year after year to participate in not only a great adventure but a great mission."

The Chronicle’s list of top Fulbright producers is based on the number of students and recent alumni who receive and accept offers to participate in the Fulbright US Student Program. Pitzer 2013-14 Fulbright Fellows are: Elisa Asdourian '13, Sophie Beiers '13, Ana Berry '12, Sydney Calander '13, Rachel Conrad '13, Kristin Dobbin '13, Karen Eisenhauer '13, Alison Espinosa-Setchko '13, Jason Fields '12, Kayla Friedman-Barb '13, Elizabeth Heinlein '13, Acacia Hori '13, Zara Howard '13, Micah Huang '13, Erin Komplin '13, Joel Ledezma '13, Gabriel Loewinger '12, Lila Mendoza '13, Hannah Miller '13, Nathan Pensler '13, Julianna Quinn '13 and Jonathan Rice '13.

"It’s remarkable that a college of 1,000 students can keep topping this ranking,” said Pitzer’s Associate Dean for Global and Local Programs Nigel Boyle, who serves as the College’s Fulbright Program adviser. “Pitzer’s immersive study abroad and local community engagement programming challenges our students both intellectually and viscerally, and these experiences tend to forge great Fulbright applicants."

This year, The Claremont Colleges received 55 student Fulbrights, more than any research university.

Bachelor's Institutions Number of Awards
Pitzer College 22
Pomona College 16
Scripps College 9
Claremont McKenna College 7
Harvey Mudd College 1

Pitzer College has been the national leader in Fulbright Fellowships per 1,000 students for 10 of the last 11 years.

About the Fulbright Program

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 325,000 participants—chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential — with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.  In the past 67 years, more than 44,000 students from the United States have benefited from the Fulbright experience.     

The Fulbright Program is sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

About Pitzer College

Pitzer College is a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution. A member of The Claremont Colleges, Pitzer offers a distinctive approach to a liberal arts education by linking intellectual inquiry with interdisciplinary studies, cultural immersion, social responsibility and community involvement. For more information, please visit www.pitzer.edu.

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