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Pomona College Leads Peers in Fulbright Fellowships, Tops Research Universities in Fulbrights per Capita

For the second year in a row, Pomona College topped all liberal arts colleges in the total number of Fulbrights awarded to its graduating class, with the Class of 2008 receiving 16 of the prestigious awards. The totals were released in the Oct. 24, 2008, edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education and do not include a Pomona graduate who received an award but declined.

Following Pomona in this year’s Fulbright awards were Smith College with 15, Swarthmore College (12), Pitzer College (11) and Williams College (10). Amherst, Vassar and Wellesley followed with nine each. Scripps graduates received five and Claremont McKenna, three.

Per capita, the top five liberal arts colleges with the most recipients had a far greater success rate than the top five research institutions with the most recipients. Per 1,000 students, Pitzer received 11.5 Fulbright grants, followed by Pomona (10.3), Swarthmore (8.1), Smith (5.8), Williams (5.1) and Kenyon (4.8). Graduates of the University of Michigan Ann Arbor received 31 Fulbright awards for 1.23 per 1,000 students, followed by Harvard with 29 fellowships for 4.4, Yale with 26 fellowships for 4.9, Northwestern with 24 fellowships for 3.0, and UC Berkeley with 24 for 1.0.

Pomona set its institutional record for number of Fulbrights with the Pomona graduating Class of 2007. The official number of awards in the October 2007 announcement was 25, which later went up to 27 with two late additions.

Pomona College is one of the nation’s premier liberal arts institutions, offering a comprehensive program in the arts, humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. Its hallmarks include small classes, close relationships between students and faculty, and a range of opportunities for student research.