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University of Florida among Peace Corps' 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

03 March 2017

Eckerd College also ranked No. 13 among small schools with 10 alumni now serving worldwide.

MSU's Peace Corps recruiting office is housed in International Studies and Programs.

Britta Seifert '12 (left) volunteered with the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan for 27 months. There are 13 Puget Sound alumni now volunteering worldwide.

This is the third consecutive year that the UF has ranked among the top five large schools, ranking No. 3 in 2015 and 2016. There are 58 Gators now volunteering worldwide.

The university also offers students interested in the Peace Corps to complete 27 months of significant global experience while completing a master's degree in social work or information.

"I wouldn't be a Peace Corps volunteer if I would not have studied overseas during my time at UW-Madison", Linde said.

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For returning Peace Corps volunteers, IU Bloomington offers both Peace Corps Master's worldwide and Paul D. Coverdell Fellows graduate programs.

"The experience enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world", she said. The Coverdell Fellows Program offers the opportunity for Peace Corps volunteers who have completed their service to earn an advanced degree from IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs, with financial assistance and the chance to use their knowledge and skills in community internships.

American University, which has 54 current volunteers, took the top spot on the list of medium colleges and universities.

U.S. President John F. Kennedy launched the Peace Corps in 1961 to spearhead progress in developing countries and promote friendship between the American people and other men, women and children throughout the world. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the website and connecting with a recruiter.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. "Barriers in the Peace Corps can come in many different shapes and sizes, and nothing is going to happen the way you imagine it, but you have to put in the hard work, meet challenges in new and interesting ways and work with your community to be able to succeed". Complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category are available here, as well as an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university now are serving.

University of Florida among Peace Corps' 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities