You often hear it said: Everything you learn at Maxwell is
augmented by the experiences and perspective of the students around
At any one time, there are 850-900 master's and doctoral
students currently working on degrees at the Maxwell School (and
untold hundreds of undergraduates taking courses and pursuing
majors). They are diverse. In recent years, more than half of the
graduate students have been women. About 30 percent come from
countries other than the United States (at last count, close to 60
different nations). And, among domestic students, 15 percent are
African American or Latino.
Those are the matriculated students. In addition, the Executive
Education division hosts specialized training programs for
midcareer students from around the world. The Leaders for Democracy
Fellows program, for example, brings to campus emerging leaders
from across the Middle East and North Africa. Humphrey Fellows
visit from any of 93 participating countries, and gain professional
enrichment and cultural orientation. Other programs serve
government managers from India and China.
The international student body creates a worldly cosmos where one
is apt to hear Urdu or Mandarin in the hallways, and where
professors' assertions are challenged by viewpoints born in dozens
of respective homelands. Toss in domestic students who represent
all genders, races, and cultures, and one finds in Maxwell a
compelling microcosm of the world at large.