Arizona State University recently announced the institution has tied for fifth place (alongside Yale University and University of California at Berkeley) among top producers of Fulbright Scholars. The university submitted 58 Fulbright applications, and 23 ASU students received the award. The success rate of recipients to applicants is just over 40 percent – this gives ASU the highest success rate of all top research universities.

One of the most prestigious awards programs worldwide, the Fulbright Program was founded in 1946 to promote “international good will through the exchange of students in the fields of education, culture, and science.” The program operates in more than 155 countries across the globe, and it awards approximately 1,800 grants per year, across all fields of study. The awards are based on academic and leadership potential, and help to foster international cooperation on finding solutions to global concerns.

“At ASU, we are concerned about outputs not inputs, not who we exclude from our student body, but the quality of the graduates we produce,” ASU President Michael M. Crow told ASU News. “The Fulbright awards prove ASU graduates are competitive in quality with those of any college or university in the country.”

Additionally, the University of Arizona and Arizona State University each tied for second among institutions across the nation for faculty members receiving the core U.S. Fulbright Scholar award. The core Fulbright Scholar Program sends 800 U.S. faculty and professionals abroad each year.

Expect More Arizona congratulates ASU and U of A for these significant achievements. As we work to build a world-class education system in Arizona, these are shining examples of the excellence that can happen in our state.

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