UK state school students offered places at top US universities

Forty-seven school students from across the country have won places at 33 different institutions, including Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Columbia through the Sutton Trust US Programme.

From low and moderate-income backgrounds, 74% of the students will be the first in their family to go to university and 53% are from households that earn less than £25,000 a year. Between them, they have already been offered a total of approximately $13.4m of financial aid from the universities over the next four years.

The programme encourages academically talented British students from low- and moderate-income homes to consider studying at American universities and is delivered by the US-UK Fulbright Commission. The programme has also just partnered with Duke University in North Carolina. 

Penny Egan CBE, executive director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, said: “I am so pleased to see the early successes of the current cohort in securing places and funding at top universities across the United States. These young people demonstrate the continued interest in US higher education among talented students in the UK, many drawn by the chance to pursue a liberal arts education and by the diversity and quality of US universities.”