English is one of the most popular majors in the University. Last year, over 320 students had declared a major in English, approximately 10% of the enrollment of the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences, the largest College in the University.
The reasons are not hard to discover: a faculty of excellent teachers and productive scholars and writers, a diverse curriculum that can be tailored to suit many purposes, superior library resources, and an award-winning advising system.
One way to judge the effectiveness of a program is by its students' accomplishments. Recently, a representative group of graduating seniors took the Educational Testing Service's Major Field Exam, a standardized test of students' knowledge of literary history, interpretive skills, and critical terminology. They scored just above the 89th percentile nationally. One of our students received the highest score possible.
In the past few years, our majors have won some of the most prestigious undergraduate awards offered nationally, including the Jacob Javits Award ($60,000), the Coca-Cola Scholarship ($20,000), and the Phi Kappa Phi National Graduate Award. One of our majors was a semi-finalist in the competition for a Rhodes Scholarship.
Each year, Fulbright College offers a small group of entering students the highly competitive Sturgis Fellowship. This award currently gives each Fellow $12,000 per year for four years, with most fees waived. In one recent year, 6 out of 7 entering Sturgis Fellows were English majors.