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GWU, American U. stand out in producing Peace Corps volunteers

By Al Kamen
The Peace Corps announced Thursday its annual rankings of the colleges and universities that produce the most of its volunteers, and for the second year in a row, George Washington University came in first in the "medium school" category -- with 5,000 to 15,000 undergrads -- for having 53 undergraduate alumni now serving.

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GWU barely edged out American University (51 volunteers) for top honors. They were followed by Cornell (46), Miami University (43) and William & Mary (40). Georgetown tied for eighth with 30 volunteers.

The University of Washington ranked first among all schools, with 101 undergrad alums now serving as volunteers. They were followed by the University of Colorado at Boulder (95), the University of California, Berkeley (89), Michigan State (86), and the University of Florida (79).

St. Olaf College led the small-school (with fewer than 5,000 students) group with 26 volunteers, followed by University of Mary Washington (23), Middlebury College (21), and the University of Portland, the University of Puget Sound and Williams College -- each sending 20 graduates to do two years of overseas volunteer work. St. Mary's College of Maryland tied for seventh with 19 volunteers. Johns Hopkins University had 15.

The all-time leader for sending volunteers since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961 remained Cal-Berkeley, with 3,412 volunteers, followed by the University of Wisconsin- Madison (2,906), the University of Washington (2,614). the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (2,331) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (2,206).

The Peace Corps has also ranked the top 25 schools in each size category (pdf).

By Al Kamen  |  February 4, 2010; 12:15 PM ET
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