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Carleton Ranked in the Top Ten Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

February 6, 2013

Carleton College has once again earned a top 10 ranking on the Peace Corps list of “Top Peace Corps Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities.” This year, the College ranks eighth among small colleges and universities.

In 2012-13, sixteen Carleton alumni are becoming global citizens by serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, applying the skills and knowledge they gained during their academic career to help improve the lives of people across the globe with hands-on applications in development projects in agriculture, community economic development, education, the environment, health and youth development.

Since 2001, at least 241 Carleton graduates have gone on to become Peace Corps Volunteers—and just shy of 550 volunteers since the founding of the Peace Corps in 1961. Former Peace Corps Volunteers use the skills and experiences they gained overseas to help build careers in virtually every sector of our society. They become leaders, problem-solvers, and creative voices. Many note that their Peace Corps service had a significant impact on the careers.

President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 with a mission of promoting world peace and friendship.  Since then, over 210,000 men and women have served as volunteers.  Today, the Peace Corps assists 139 countries around the world. Learn more about the Peace Corps online at www.peacecorps.gov.