Seattle University ranks No. 23on Peace Corps’ 2011 rankings of colleges and universities in the small category(less than 5,000 undergraduates). This is the first time the institution has placed in the Top College rankings since 2005.
There are currently 16undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, a significant increase from 10 alumni serving last year.
“That Seattle University ranks high in the number of its alumni who participate in the Peace Corps comes as no surprise to those of us who have watched these young men and women grow in their commitment to service during their student years,” said Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry. “The University aims to develop leaders for a just and human world. What better way than to serve in the Peace Corps?”
Today,Peace Corps volunteers work in 77 countries in the areas of education, youth and community development, health and HIV/AIDS, business information and communication technology, agriculture and environment.
“For the last 50 years, colleges and universities across our country have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “In 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place.”