Hamilton Among Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producers

"The Peace Corps is a great way to put into practice so many things I learned as an undergraduate", said Katie Aker, a 2014 CSU graduate now serving as a Community Economic Development Volunteer in Peru. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2016 data as of September 30, 2016, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. There are nine Hamilton alumni now volunteering worldwide. Last year, the UW was the top large school in the nation; it also ranked No. 1 in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2016.

Linde is now in Nicaragua serving as an environmental volunteer and science teacher in elementary schools.

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.

More than 225,000 Americans have served in 141 countries worldwide with the Peace Corps since its founding. "And that's exactly what the Peace Corps was for me - an opportunity to think big, and do something bigger".

UVM works closely with the Peace Corps and has an undergraduate program known as Peace Corps Prep.

"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. Colorado College is tied with Smith College, Spelman College, St. Lawrence University, Evergreen State College, and Oberlin College in the small colleges and universities category.

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

The rankings this year follow the launch of a new brand platform that a Peace Corps representative said "underscores the agency's commitment to putting the user experience first". Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the Peace Corps website and connecting with a recruiter.

UMW has been included in the top 20 of the list since 2005.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service overseas on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change.

Joy Campbell's experience at Kalamazoo College motivated her to serve as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Peace Corps volunteers now are serving in 76 countries throughout Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, Pacific Islands, and the Middle East. Volunteers serve for 27 months with skills in agriculture, environment, business, health, development, education, and information technology.

  • Archie Newman