On February 28, Barnard College was recognized as one of five U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2021-2022 Fulbright U.S. Students and Fulbright U.S. Scholars, by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Every year, the federal department announces the top producing institutions for the Fulbright Program, the U.S.’s flagship international educational exchange program.
In 2022 alone, Barnard’s cohort consists of a record-breaking 21 semifinalists, demonstrating the College’s continued excellence in producing world-class scholars. Since the 2004-2005 academic year, Barnard has been named a Fulbright Top Producing Institution 12 times, and 2022 marks the fifth year in a row for the recognition.
“These institutions reflect the geographic and institutional diversity of higher education in the United States, and include Minority-Serving Institutions,” said Ethan Rosenzweig, deputy assistant secretary of state for academic programs in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in a press release. “We thank the leadership of these institutions for supporting their faculty advisors and administrators, who are instrumental in guiding their students through the Fulbright application process. We also commend their support for their faculty and administrators who pursue Fulbright awards. These institutions benefit from new, global perspectives and new international collaborations, which can positively impact local and global communities. Fulbright U.S. Scholars and Fulbright U.S. Students have life-changing experiences that continue to pay dividends both professionally and personally throughout their careers.”
The success of Barnard’s Fulbright applications can be attributed, in part, to the Beyond Barnard program, a comprehensive office that assists with everything from internships to career pivots, including information and advising on competitive national and international opportunities like the Fulbright program.
Fulbright alumni work to make a positive impact on their communities, sectors, and the world and have included 40 heads of state or government, 61 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 76 MacArthur Fellows, and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding.
Fulbright is active in more than 160 countries worldwide and partners with participating governments, host institutions, corporations, and foundations in foreign countries and in the United States. Many of these organizations also provide direct and indirect support. ECA sponsors the Fulbright program, and several nonprofit, cooperative partners implement and support the program on the Bureau’s behalf. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit their website.