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   Date: 10/24/11 Bookmark and Share

It's Official: Smith Number One in Fulbrights

With a record 19 Fulbright Fellows for 2011-12, Smith is the top-producing college in the country, according to the Fulbright Program and announced in the Chronicle of Higher Education this week.

The Fulbright Program is a U.S. Department of State program that seeks to develop global leaders and protect academic freedom worldwide through educational exchange.

Smith also set a new record for its rate of success among Fulbright applicants, with nearly 50 percent of its 40 applicants receiving a fellowship with the renowned program, the most in any single year for Smith.

During the past seven years, Smith has led the nation overall among top-ranking colleges in the number of fellowships, also leading the nation among all higher education institutions, including Ivy League universities, in its success rate. With this year’s Fulbright Fellows, Smith has produced 210 Fulbrighters since 1970, 129 during the past 10 years.

Smith’s success rate of 47.5 percent is more than 2.5 times higher than the national average of about 17 percent.

Smith’s Fulbright Fellows will represent the United States in 14 countries: Australia, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Estonia, Germany, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Korea, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Russia, and Turkey.

Another Record

With 42 applicants to the Fulbright Program this fall, Smith broke its record of 40 applicants, set last year.

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