Peace Corps announces 2018 top Volunteer-producing schools

 

Peace Corps Announces
2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

 

Press Release
February 21, 2018

 

For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington, and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots respectively on the Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill ascends to No. 4 this year, while the University of Florida holds steady at No. 5.

There are 85 Badgers serving in the Peace Corps, bringing the all-time count of volunteers from the University of Wisconsin to 3,279. Wisconsin has appeared in the top 5 of the Peace Corps’ rankings for the past three years.

Making big jumps on this year’s large college list, the University of Texas moved from No. 25 to No. 8 and the University of Virginia moved from No. 15 to No. 6. The Texas Longhorns have 61 currently serving Peace Corps volunteers, while 62 hail from UVA.

“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. “As Peace Corps volunteers, recent graduates foster local capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. They return to the United States with highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit—leveraging their education, global experience, and confidence into their communities and careers back home.”

Among medium-sized schools, institutions with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates, George Washington University has reclaimed the top spot with 50 volunteers. GW is followed by American University, the College of William and Mary, the University of Montana, and Tulane University.

St. Mary’s College of Maryland leads the rankings for small colleges with 17 current Peace Corps volunteers. Macalester College and St. Lawrence University are tied for second with 15 volunteers each. Also making a significant jump this year, Spelman College climbed from No. 7 into a crowded tie for fourth (see rankings below).

Among graduate schools, Tulane University moved into the No. 1 spot with 27 volunteers. American University, the University of South Florida, and George Washington University hold the second, third, and fourth spots, respectively. Graduate schools at the University of Michigan, Columbia University, and the University of Denver tie for fifth.

Below find complete lists of the top schools in each category and the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2018 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category and an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here: www.peacecorps.gov/news/topcolleges/.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

  1. University of Wisconsin-Madison – 85
  2. University of Washington – 74
  3. University of Minnesota – 72
  4. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – 70
  5. University of Florida – 68
Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

  1. George Washington University – 50
  2. American University – 49
  3. College of William and Mary – 35
  4. University of Montana – 34
  5. Tulane University – 33
Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

  1. St. Mary’s College of Maryland – 17
  2. Macalester College – 15
  3. St. Lawrence University – 15
  4. University of Redlands – 14
  5. University of Mary Washington – 14
  6. Evergreen State College – 14
  7. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 14
  8. Whitworth University – 14
  9. Spelman College – 14
Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:
  1. Tulane University – 27
  2. American University – 19
  3. University of South Florida – 16
  4. George Washington University – 15
  5. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – 14
  6. Columbia University – 14
  7. University of Denver – 14
Historical, Since 1961 – Total Volunteers:
  1. University of California, Berkeley 3,671
  2. University of Wisconsin–Madison 3,279
  3. University of Washington 3,027
  4. University of Michigan 2,720
  5. University of Colorado Boulder 2,504

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of September 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

 

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  • Remember this song? New Christy Minstrels singing ‘TODAY’, Randy Sparks’ song that seems so apt for the Peace Corps volunteers and their good will, good hearts

    TODAY

    Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
    I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine

    A million tomorrows shall all pass away
    Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today

    I’ll be a dandy and I’ll be a rover
    You’ll know who I am by the song that I sing
    I’ll feast at your table, I’ll sleep in your clover

    Who cares what the morrow shall bring?

    Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
    I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine

    I can’t be contented with yesterday’s glory
    I can’t live on promises winter to spring (winter to spring)

    Today is my moment and now is my story

    I’ll laugh and I’ll cry and I’ll sing

    Today while the blossoms still cling to the vine
    I’ll taste your strawberries, I’ll drink your sweet wine
    A million tomorrows shall all pass away
    Ere I forget all the joy that is mine today

    (C) Randy Sparks words and music 1963 or -4

      • Thanks, D. W. , here’s another from New Christie Minstrels and Randy Sparks’ uplift and we need uplift more than ever — GREEN, GREEN
        Green, green, it’s green they say
        On the far side of the hill
        Green, green, I’m going away
        To where the grass is greener still
        Ah well I told my mama on the day I was born
        Don’t you cry when you see I’m gone
        Ya know there ain’t no woman gonna settle me down
        I just gotta be traveling on
        Singing
        Nah, there ain’t nobody in this whole wide world
        Gonna tell me to spend my time
        I’m just a good-loving rambling man
        Say, buddy, can ya spare me a dime?
        Hear me crying, it’s a
        Nah, there ain’t nobody in this whole wide world
        Gonna tell me to spend my time
        I’m just a good-loving rambling man
        Say, buddy, can ya spare me a dime?
        Hear me crying, it’s a
        Yeah, I don’t care when the sun goes down
        Where I lay my weary head
        Green, green valley or rocky road
        It’s there I’m gonna make my bed
        Easy, now
        Nah, there ain’t nobody in this whole wide world
        Gonna tell me to spend my time
        I’m just a good-loving rambling man
        Say, buddy, can ya spare me a dime?
        Hear me crying, it’s a
        Everybody, I want to hear it now
        Nah, there ain’t nobody in this whole wide world
        Gonna tell me to spend my time
        I’m just a good-loving rambling man
        Say, buddy, can ya spare me a dime?
        Hear me crying, it’s a
        To where the grass is greener still
        To where the grass is greener still
        To where the grass is greener still

        Songwriters: Barry Mcguire / Randy Lloyd A. Sparks
        Green, Green lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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