Peace Corps' 2011 college rankings; D.C., Va. schools on top
The University of Colorado at Boulder, The George Washington University in Washington D.C. and the University of Mary Washington in Virginia top the Peace Corps’ 2011 rankings of colleges and universities.
For the first time in the corps' 50-year history, the University of Colorado at Boulder outpaced other universities in providing Peace Corps volunteers, with 117 undergraduate alumni currently serving overseas. Prior to 2011, the University of Washington held the top spot for four consecutive years.
Historically, the University of California at Berkeley maintains the top all-time rank, with 3,457 Peace Corps total volunteer alumni.
The Peace Corps was created in 1961 by president John F. Kennedy as a way for Americans to reach out to other countries, and colleges and universities have been an integral part of the enterprise. Over the past five decades, more than 200,000 Americans have served in 139 host countries. Today 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 countries.
Following are the top five colleges and universities in each undergraduate category, as well as the top graduate schools and a historical ranking. The numbers in parenthesis represent the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers.
Large colleges and universities:
More than 15,000 undergraduates
University of Colorado at Boulder (117)
University of Florida (97)
University of Michigan (94)
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (94)
University of Washington (94)
Medium colleges and universities:
Between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates
The George Washington University (72)
University of Virginia (71)
Western Washington University (60)
American University (55)
Cornell University (55)
Small colleges and universities:
Less than 5,000 undergraduates
University of Mary Washington (32)
St. Olaf College (24)
Lewis & Clark College (23)
Gonzaga University (23)
University of Portland (23)
Number of graduate alumni volunteers
University of Washington (21)
University of Florida (20)
Michigan State University (16)
The George Washington University (15)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (15)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (15)
Historically (since 1961)
Number of alumni volunteers
University of California, Berkeley (3,457)
University of Wisconsin - Madison (2,942)
University of Washington (2,676)
University of Michigan (2,409)
University of Colorado at Boulder (2,269)
In the medium school category, The George Washington University ranks No. 1 for the third consecutive year, with 72 undergraduate alumni serving overseas.
For the first time since the establishment of the rankings, the University of Mary Washington took the top seat in the small school category, with 32 undergraduate alumni currently serving as volunteers. The school has ranked among the top five in the small school category since 2005.
In the graduate school category, the University of Washington holds the top spot, with 21 currently serving volunteers holding master’s degrees from the school. It was tied for first place with the University of Texas at Austin last year.
You can view the entire top 25 rankings for each category, as well as all-time and graduate school rankings, at the Peace Corps website.
Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2010 data as of Sept. 30, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.
Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.
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| February 1, 2011; 9:08 AM ET
Categories: Higher Education | Tags: george washington university, peace corps, president john f. kennedy, president kennedy, university of florida, university of michigan
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