Campus News

March 22, 2010

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Emory ranks among top Peace Corps schools

Emory ranks 25th among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps’ annual national rankings of the top volunteer-producing colleges. Twenty undergraduate alumni currently serve around the globe. Emory also ranks 17th with nine graduate alumni currently serving. 

Since Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 408 Emory alumni have joined the Peace Corps, making it the No. 2 all-time producer of Peace Corps volunteers in Georgia.

Peace Corps officials say the program is especially attracted to Emory because many of its undergraduates and graduates fill assignments in scarce skill areas where it is traditionally difficult to find qualified applicants. These areas include environmental studies, public health, foreign languages, and teaching English and science. The Masters International program at the Rollins School of Public Health was cited as providing exceptionally good training for future Peace Corps volunteers. 

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2009 data.

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