UC Berkeley, Maintains Status as Top All-Time Peace Corps’ Volunteer-Producing Colleges & Universities

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School Ranks No. 1 All-Time in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers 

Recently the Peace Corps announced that the University of California, Berkeley (Cal) continued its historic run as the top all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 3,640 Cal alumni who have volunteered worldwide since the agency was founded in 1961.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.” 

In 2016, Calif. ranked No. 1 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, with 916 volunteers serving worldwide.  

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

This year’s rankings follow the launch of a refreshed brand platform that underscores the agency’s commitment to putting the user experience first and makes the Peace Corps more accessible to audiences through the platforms they already use. A simple and personal Peace Corps application process can be completed online in about one hour. Applicants can learn more about service opportunities by assignment area, country and departure date by visiting the Peace Corps website (peacecorps.gov) and from there connecting with a recruiter.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2017 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving at peacecorps.gov. 

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 undergraduates

1.      University of Wisconsin–Madison     87

2.      University of Washington                   73

3.      University of Minnesota                     70

4.      University of Michigan                       60

5.      University of Florida                          58


Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1.      American University                           54

2.      Western Washington University         48

3.      The George Washington University   45

4.      The College of William & Mary         36

5.      Humboldt State University                 33


Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Less than 5,000 undergraduates

1.      Denison University                             16

2.      University of Mary Washington         13

2.   University of Puget Sound                 13

4.   St. Mary’s College of Maryland          12

4.   Whitworth University                         12

4.   Hobart and William Smith Colleges   12


Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:

1.      American University                           20

1.   Tulane University                                20

3.   University of South Florida                18

4.   University of Michigan                       15

4.   Boston University                               15


Historical, Since 1961 – Total Volunteers:

1.      University of California, Berkeley      3,640

2.      University of Wisconsin–Madison     3,239

3.      University of Washington                   2,981

4.      University of Michigan                       2,684

5.      University of Colorado Boulder         2,468