Mount Holyoke College is a top national producer of Fulbright finalists — once again

Mount Holyoke is set for a fuller and brighter future.

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs named Mount Holyoke College a Fulbright Top Producing Institution for U.S. students. This recognition is given to the U.S. colleges and universities that received the highest number of applicants selected for the 2022–23 Fulbright U.S. Student Program.

“It is a testament to our students’ intercultural awareness, their academic excellence and the intellectually adventurous spirit that Mount Holyoke fosters so well.”

“It is very exciting to see that Mount Holyoke has once again been recognized for being a top producer of Fulbright award winners,” said Interim President Beverly Daniel Tatum. “It is a testament to our students’ intercultural awareness, their academic excellence and the intellectually adventurous spirit that Mount Holyoke fosters so well. I want to congratulate all of our Fulbright winners, the excellent faculty that advise and mentor them and the dedicated staff who support them in their pursuit of such opportunities. We can all take pride in their achievements!” Fulbright is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. It is also among the largest and most diverse exchange programs in the world. Since its inception in 1946, more than 400,000 participants from all backgrounds and fields — including recent university graduates, teachers, scientists, researchers, artists and others from the United States and over 160 other countries — have participated in the Fulbright Program. Fulbright alums have returned to their home countries to make an impact on their communities thanks to their expanded worldview, a deep appreciation for their host country and its people and a larger network of colleagues and friends.

“For the past five years, Mount Holyoke has been a top Fulbright producer,” said Ryan Lewis, fellowships advisor. “Nearly 40% of students who apply reach finalist status. Since 2018, Mount Holyoke students and alums have applied for Fulbrights in over 35 countries.”

Lee Satterfield, assistant secretary of state for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, congratulated the institutions that have received the honor of being top Fulbright producers. “On behalf of President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken, congratulations to the colleges and universities recognized as 2022–2023 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions and to all the applicants who were selected for the Fulbright Program this year,” she said. “Thanks to the visionary leadership of these institutions, administrators and advisors, a new generation of Fulbrighters — changemakers, as I like to say — will catalyze lasting impact on their campus, in their communities and around the world.”

The Fulbright competition is administered at Mount Holyoke through Fellowships at Mount Holyoke. The Fulbright Program was established over 75 years ago to increase mutual understanding between people of the United States and people of other countries. While the primary source of funding for the Fulbright Program is an annual appropriation made by the U.S. Congress to the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, it benefits from additional support from foreign partner governments, nongovernmental organizations, private organizations, corporate partnerships and individual donors. Importantly, U.S. and foreign host institutions provide support as well.

Fulbright alums work to make a positive impact on their communities, sectors and the world and have included 41 heads of state or government, 62 Nobel Laureates, 89 Pulitzer Prize winners, 78 MacArthur Fellows and countless leaders and changemakers who carry forward the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding. For more information about the Fulbright Program, visit the Fulbright Program website.

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