SU Ranks High on Peace Corps’ Top Colleges List

2013-02-05
By Stacy Howard
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Photo Credit: Chris J. Taylor

Seattle University moved up to the No.5 spot this year on Peace Corps’ 2013 Top Colleges for small schools. This is a jump from the No.8 spot last year, and is the highest ranking in the school’s history.

The annual list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. There are currently 19 undergraduate alumni from SU serving overseas. SU missed the No.1 spot by only 5 volunteers.  

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-sized schools have between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates, and large schools have more than 15,000 undergraduates. The rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2011 data as of September 30, 2011 as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

Maria Vermaas, a recent SU grad serving in Jamaica, said the university’s emphasis on social justice was the best preparation she had for her service in the Peace Corps. 

“For me, Seattle University was a place that pushed me to turn my critical thinking from beyond what I was learning in the classroom and to examine my own preconceived notions and ethics about the world,” said Vermass.   

"We thank and congratulate SU as one of the 23 universities from the West Coast producing globally-minded leaders who turn idealism into action as Peace Corps Volunteers,” said Peace Corps West Coast Regional Manager Janet Allen.

For the full list: http://files.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2013.pdf