Willamette ranked in top 10 for Peace Corps volunteers

by University Communications,

Willamette University is ranked No. 10 in the nation among small schools on the Peace Corps’ 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list.

Thirteen Bearcats are now volunteering around the world, while 345 have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. Willamette has ranked among the Peace Corps’ top small colleges 14 of the last 16 years.

The annual ranking is based on the size of the student body at participating colleges and universities. Willamette is the only Oregon school in the top 10 institutions with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates.

Last year, Oregon ranked No. 4 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita. So far, 6,363 Oregonians have served in the corps.

The Peace Corps strives for world peace and better understanding between Americans and people of other countries. Volunteers spend more than two years tackling challenges related to health, education, agriculture and economic development.

Students interested in serving as volunteers should visit Career Development on the third floor of the Putnam University Center. Learn more about Willamette’s commitment to civic engagement through the Office of Community Service Learning.

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