Carleton in Top 20 in Peace Corps Volunteers for 2011

For the seventh time in the last ten years, Carleton College has placed in the top 20 in number of Peace Corps volunteers. The College produced 21 alumni volunteers in 2011, ranking it eighth among small colleges and universities nationwide. Carleton ranked third among small colleges in producing volunteers in the period 1961-2005, with 426 volunteers, according to the last cumulative report available. Incorporating recent numbers, Carleton has produced an estimated 539 Peace Corps volunteers since 1961.

Mar. 9, 2012

Northfield, Minn.–– For the seventh time in the last ten years, Carleton College has placed in the top 20 in number of Peace Corps volunteers. The College produced 21 alumni volunteers in 2011, ranking it eighth among small colleges and universities nationwide.

Three other Twin Cities-area colleges made the list – among large sized universities, the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ranks at No. 20 with 65 alumni volunteers; and among smaller population schools, St. Olaf College tied for third with 24 volunteers in service, and Macalester College tied for 15th with 18 volunteers serving. The University of Mary Washington ranked first for small colleges and universities with 29 undergraduate volunteers in 2011, followed by Gonzaga University at 26.

“Colleges and universities prepare thousands of talented undergraduate and graduate alumni for Peace Corps service every year,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams (Dominican Republic, 1967-1970). “These alumni go on to serve as Peace Corps volunteers, applying the skills and knowledge they acquired during their studies to promote world peace and friendship and improve the lives of people around the world. Every day, volunteers make countless contributions to projects in agriculture, education, the environment, health and HIV/AIDS education and prevention, small business development, and youth development. I would like to extend my gratitude to all colleges and universities for their continued support of the Peace Corps and public service.” 

Carleton has traditionally ranked in the top 20 for producing volunteers among colleges and universities with less than 5,000 undergraduates, but has been absent from the rankings the past two years. Carleton ranked third among small colleges in producing volunteers in the period 1961-2005, with 426 volunteers, according to the last cumulative report available. Incorporating recent numbers, Carleton has produced an estimated 539 Peace Corps volunteers since 1961.

There are approximately 260 Minnesota residents serving in the Peace Corps, with Minneapolis-St. Paul also ranking as one of the highest Peace Corps volunteer-producing metro areas in the country.  Overall, more than 6,182 Minnesota residents have served in Peace Corps since 1961, when it was created under President John F. Kennedy.

Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-sized schools have between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates, and large schools more than 15,000 undergraduates. The entire "Peace Corps Top Colleges and Universities" list for 2011 is available here.

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