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Good things can come in small packages. According to data released this week by the U.S. Department of State, students from the Monterey Institute landed more Fulbright awards per capita than every top ten university in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, and had a higher applicant success rate than all but one of these leading schools.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government. Known for its selectivity and prestige, the Fulbright Program supports a limited number of students each year with the opportunity to study, teach and conduct research in more than 155 countries. Since its establishment in 1946, the program has produced 43 alumni who have gone on to win Nobel Prizes.

For the 2011-2012 competition, MIIS students received a total of five U.S. Fulbright Awards. This set a new school record and matched the total number of U.S. Fulbrights awarded at much larger schools in the region such as U.C. Santa Cruz (16,332 students) and U.C. Davis (31,392 students).

“We are very pleased with our performance in this prestigious competition,” commented Monterey Institute President Sunder Ramaswamy. “The Fulbright results make a powerful statement about the quality of students and academic programs here at MIIS.”

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