GW falls in rankings for producing Peace Corps volunteers

Three universities in Washington state sent more students to volunteer in the Peace Corps a year ago than nearly any other schools of their size in the nation.

Sarah Edwards, a Berkeley graduate with a degree in environmental sciences, spent two years in Misaje, in northwest Cameroon, as a Peace Corps volunteer from 2013 to 2015.

The Peace Corps has been ranking schools by the number of volunteers for more than a decade, as a way to spur friendly competition among colleges and universities.

Along with Linde, 87 other Badgers are now serving overseas through the program in countries like Botswana and Fiji.

Currently, 60 U-M alumni are in the field with the Peace Corps, including Jackson McCauley, an Ann Arbor native, who is in Ecuador as an education volunteer teaching English to students between the ages of 14 and 18 years old. This is the third straight year that the college has ranked among the top 20 schools in its category, with 18 alumni now volunteering worldwide. "And that's exactly what the Peace Corps was for me - an opportunity to think big, and do something bigger". In addition, URI has launched the undergraduate certificate program known as Peace Corps Prep, which allows undergraduate students to combine targeted coursework with hands-on experience.

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"Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world", Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said.

IU's active support of the Peace Corps is consistent with goals set out in the university's Bicentennial Strategic Plan, to increase IU's global engagement and continue its historical commitment to institution-building around the globe. Peace Corps volunteers will be eligible for significant financial aid in each of the three programs as part of the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, which has helped more than 5,000 returned volunteers further their education at schools across the nation.

"The past seven months of serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines has stretched me in ways one can't fully be prepared for", she said. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the Peace Corps website, www.peacecorps.gov, and connecting with a recruiter. Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni now serve as Peace Corps volunteers.

CSU is the only university in Colorado ranked among the top 10 in the Large Colleges and Universities category.

  • Alfonso Moody