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Jan. 25, 2008
Contact: Heather Sutter, KU Peace Corps, (785) 864-3624.

KU again makes top 25 list of schools that produce Peace Corps volunteers

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas has once again made the top 25 list of large schools producing Peace Corps volunteers.

KU tied with Texas A&M University and Virginia Tech for 25th place on the “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities” list by having 43 undergraduate alumni currently serving. KU also has six graduate alumni volunteering.

Since the Peace Corps’ inception in 1961, 865 KU alumni have volunteered, making KU the No. 34 producer of volunteers overall.

“Though the jobs we perform as Peace Corps volunteers are significant, perhaps the most important part of service is that of acting as ambassadors,” said Heather Sutter, program ambassador with the University Career Center. “Volunteers work shoulder to shoulder with the peoples of developing countries, share their food, speak their languages. This has a huge impact, on both sides, and promotes cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding. This has always been important, but I think it's even more important in today's world.”

KU is part of the large school category, which includes schools with enrollment of 15,000 undergraduates or more. The University of Washington is ranked No. 1 with 113 volunteers. Other Big 12 universities in the large school top 25 include the University of Colorado at No. 3 and University of Texas at No. 7.

To view the entire top colleges list, visit the Peace Corps Web site

Although it is not a requirement for service, the majority of volunteers who have served in the Peace Corps have been college graduates. Currently, 95 percent of volunteers have at least an undergraduate degree, and 11 percent of those also possess a graduate degree.

“The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for graduates to use their education and skills, and apply them in the real world,” said Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter. “I am proud that there are 1,192 institutions of higher learning currently represented by Peace Corps volunteers serving in 74 countries overseas. These institutions can be proud of the contributions that their graduates are making in the lives of others around the globe.”

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