UM Among Peace Corps Top Volunteer Schools

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UM Among Peace Corps Top Volunteer Schools

By Special to UM News
The organization ranks colleges and universities by the number of alumni volunteering for service.

The Peace Corps announced Thursday that the University of Miami ranked No. 25 among medium-sized schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

There are 13 UM alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

This showing marks the second consecutive year that UM has ranked among the top 25 medium-sized schools.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.”

Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 412 UM alumni.

In 2015, the Greater Miami metropolitan area ranked No. 21 nationwide for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, with 66 area residents currently serving overseas.

This year’s rankings follow a 40-year high in applications for the Peace Corps in 2015.  This record-breaking number of applicants comes after the first full year that the agency’s historic application and recruitment reforms have been in place. Applicants will now find a simplified, more personal application process, and can learn more by reaching out to the Atlanta regional recruitment office at atlinfo@peacecorps.gov.  

View the complete 2016 rankings of the top 25 schools in each undergraduate category.