Willamette ranks among top colleges for number of Peace Corps volunteers

Willamette University ranks 20th in the country this year among small colleges and universities for its number of Peace Corps volunteers, 17 of whom are currently serving overseas.

Year after year, Willamette has placed in the Top Colleges list. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 308 Bearcats have served with the organization. These undergraduate alumni are continuing a tradition of service they began as students, following the Willamette motto, “Not unto ourselves alone are we born.”

Through the Peace Corps, volunteers spend 27 months helping numerous causes, from AIDS education and environmental preservation to youth development and information technology.

Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Applicants are encouraged to apply one year prior to their targeted departure date. Learn more about Willamette’s commitment to engagement through the Office of Community Service Learning.