CMC Ranked Second, Nationally, for Fulbright Scholars

Claremont McKenna College has been ranked second, nationally, among undergraduate colleges and universities for the number of U.S. Fulbright Scholars produced during the 2005-6 academic year.

The Fulbright Program’s recently released rankings, listed in The Chronicle of Higher Education, report that students from 550 institutions applied for Fulbright scholarships this year. CMC, finishing just behind top-ranked Smith College and ahead of third-ranked Wellesley College, had 18 Fulbright applicants and nine recipients for the 2005-6 academic year. The grants are used for study, research, and Teaching Assistantships abroad for the nation’s top young scholars.

Of the 89 institutions ranked among the highest producers of Fulbrights, only 20 of those (22.47 percent) can boast a 50 percent or higher success rate for applicants, and CMC is among those 20.

“Once again, CMC students have proven that they are among the top in the nation by receiving so many prestigious Fulbright grants,” says Associate Professor Carrie Chorba, CMC’s Fulbright program advisor. “Every year I am impressed by their preparation, ingenuity, and abilities during the application process.”

This is the second consecutive year that CMC has rated among the top-three institutions for Fulbright recipients. The College was ranked third in 2004-5, with a total of six Fulbright recipients.

Since its inception in 1946, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 290,000 participants worldwide with funding for an academic year of post-graduate study or research abroad. The U.S. student program awards about 1,200 grants annually in more than 140 countries across the globe.

The Fulbright Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, also awards grants to American teachers and faculty for research and speaking and teaching opportunities overseas.

Ten Claremont McKenna College alumniall but one representing the Class of 2005have been selected for the 2005-6 Fulbright U.S. Student Program, which funds graduate study, research and Teaching Assistantships abroad for the nation’s top young scholars. Participants representing CMC this year include: Erin Bream, Emily Englert, Sarah Galitzki, David Gilbert, Ann Johnson, Amy Nelson, Tanya Soluk, Adriane Tuttle, Lauren Weeth, and Cassi Wright ’03. Jacquelyn Dadakis and Olivia Gonzalez were selected as alternates.

CMC can be particularly proud of its latest ranking because it speaks not only to the excellent quality of students, says Chorba, but also to the deep dedication of professors and administrators who’ve given generously of their time, includingshe saysBill Ascher, Ed Haley, Rod Camp, Hilary Apple, Delia Greth, Tina Sessa, and Torrey Sun.

“And we couldn’t have done it without the countless hours that assistant dean of the faculty Joke Johnson spent in service to our students and College.”