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George Washington University Ranks First For Peace Corps Volunteers Among Nation's Mid-Sized Schools

GW Ranked No. 1 for Third Year in a Row for Undergraduates, No. 4 for Graduates
February 01, 2011


WASHINGTON - For the third consecutive year, the George Washington University ranks first among medium-sized universities producing Peace Corps Volunteers, according to the annual Peace Corps rankings. GW currently has 72 undergraduate alumni serving overseas. Fifteen graduate alumni volunteers also are serving, ranking fourth among graduate schools. A total of 1,054 GW alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

“GW attracts people who want to make a difference and we are proud that so many of our graduates are continuing this tradition of service around the world," said Amy Cohen, executive director of George Washington University’s Center for Civic Engagement and Public Service.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-sized schools have between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates and large schools have more than 15,000 undergraduates. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2010 data as of Sept. 30, 2010, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

“For the last 50 years, colleges and universities across our country have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “In 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place.”

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

Located four blocks from the White House, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the nation's capital. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business, and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate, and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

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