March 2, 2022

Mesa College Named as a 2020-2021 Top Producing Institution of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

By Office of Communications

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San Diego, CA – On February 28, 2022, the State Department announced the 2021-2022 Fulbright Top Producing Institutions, naming San Diego Mesa College as a Top Producer in the Associates Degree category. The U.S. Department of State announced the availability of the list of more than 125 U.S. higher education institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students and U.S. Scholars abroad in academic year 2021-2022. 


“Mesa College is proud of its legacy of Fulbright Scholars and welcomes this important recognition,” stated Dr. Pamela T. Luster, President of Mesa College.


The lists of Fulbright Top Producing Institutions highlight the Fulbright Program’s strong institutional diversity and impact on American communities. Fourteen U.S. community colleges, one Tribal college, and three special focus four-year institutions also sent Fulbright U.S. Scholars abroad in 2021-2022 and are featured.  View the full list of institutions by category View the full list of institutions by category.


The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with the Institute of International Education, compiles the lists, which are organized by Carnegie Classification. The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes the lists in its online and print editions.


Topping this year’s lists of Research, Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Special-focus 4-year institutions that sent the most Fulbright U.S. Students abroad are Brown University (RI), University of North Georgia and CUNY Hunter College (NY), Bowdoin College (ME), and the California Institute of the Arts.  The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, State University of New York at New Paltz, and Middlebury College (VT) sent the most Fulbright U.S. Scholars in the Research, Master’s, and Bachelor’s degree categories. 

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Fulbright Students are recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals. Fulbright Scholars are faculty, researchers, administrators, and established professionals.

For over 75 years, the Fulbright Program has provided more than 400,000 participants - chosen for their academic merit and leadership potential - with the opportunity to exchange ideas and contribute to finding solutions to challenges facing our communities and our world. Over 1,900 diverse U.S. students, artists, and early career professionals in more than 100 different fields of study receive Fulbright U.S. Student Program grants annually to study, teach English, and conduct research overseas. In addition, more than 800 U.S. scholars, artists, and professionals from all backgrounds teach or conduct research overseas through the Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program annually.


About Mesa

San Diego Mesa College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college committed to access, success, and equity. We honor those commitments as a diverse community of students, faculty, professional staff, and administrators who collaborate to foster scholarship, leadership, innovation, and excellence in an inclusive learning environment. By promoting student learning and achievement that leads to degrees and certificates, transfer, workforce training, and lifelong learning, we empower our students to reach their educational goals and shape their future.  Among the largest community colleges in California, Mesa College serves 30,000 students per year, 25% of whom are full-time. Mesa offers nearly 200 associate degree and certificate programs and is one of 15 California community colleges offering a four-year baccalaureate degree. Mesa ranks as San Diego’s top transfer institution, is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution and a Military Friendly School, serving more than 3,500 veterans and their families.


As one of the largest of California’s 73 community college districts, the San Diego Community College District includes San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College, and San Diego Miramar College, and  serves approximately 100,000 students annually through three two-year colleges and the San Diego College of Continuing Education.


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