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UK state pupils rush to Ivy League

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Sian Griffiths interviewed the Sutton Trust Class of 2017 for a Sunday Times news piece on our US Programme

A growing number of Britain’s brightest students are leaving to study at America’s top universities, in some cases after being turned down by Oxford and Cambridge.

Last year, more than 11,600 British students were enrolled at US universities, a record number, and 8% more than in the previous year.

Some of the brightest are planning to remain in America once they have graduated, raising fears of an academic brain drain.

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All three took part in a programme run by the Sutton Trust, an education charity encouraging state pupils to apply to US institutions.

More than 200 British teenagers have come through the programme, which was launched five years ago.

Sir Peter Lampl, founder of the Sutton Trust, said: “I’ve long been an admirer of the great American universities. They accept candidates based on merit alone. The costs for the four years are £200,000, all of which are paid for by the universities. So our students end up going for free.”

Read her full article here