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Dartmouth rises in Peace Corps' annual ranking

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 01/22/09 • Media Contact: Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

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Dartmouth rose this year from 11th to 10th in rank among small colleges and universities (less than 5,000 undergraduates category) that produce Peace Corps volunteers. The annual listing from the Peace Corps, issued earlier this month, recognizes the service of its 7,876 current volunteers, 83 percent of whom have an undergraduate degree.

Dartmouth shares the number ten spot with Colgate University, Gustavus Adolphus College, Hope College, and Willamette University, all with 18 volunteers currently serving. According to the Peace Corps, Dartmouth graduates are now working in Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Eastern Caribbean, El Salvador, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Micronesia, Namibia, Niger, Peru, South Africa, and Turkmenistan.

“Dartmouth graduates have a strong legacy of Peace Corps service,” says Monica Wilson, the associate director of employer relations at Dartmouth’s Office of Career Services. “Our ranking is evidence of the importance Dartmouth alumni place on international service and volunteerism.”

The University of Washington took the overall number one spot in the large school category (more than 15,000 undergraduates) with 104 volunteers currently serving in the field. Among medium-sized schools (5,001 to 15,000 undergraduates), George Washington University claimed first with 57 volunteers. This year for the first time, the Peace Corp ranked volunteers with advanced degrees, and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor earned the top spot on the graduate school list with 22 volunteers.

As a percentage of participation among undergraduates, Dartmouth ranks number one among Ivy League schools with .43 percent (18 volunteers; 4,164 undergrads). Brown University follows with .41 percent (24 volunteers; 5,821 undergrads), then Yale University with .39 percent (21 volunteers; 5,277 undergrads); Cornell University with .37 percent (50 volunteers; 13,510 undergrads); and the University of Pennsylvania with .2 percent (24 volunteers; 9,687 undergrads). Harvard and Princeton are not listed on the Peace Corps listing; Dartmouth is the only Ivy in the Peace Corps’s small college category.

Since 1961, more than 195,000 volunteers have served in the Peace Corps, working in 139 countries, promoting peace and friendship worldwide. The Peace Corps reports that applications to serve increased 16 percent last year, the largest increase in the last five years.

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