UW News

February 26, 2020

The UW ranks No. 10 among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing schools in 2020


The Peace Corps announced today that the University of Washington ranked No. 10 among large schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. There are 55 Huskies currently volunteering in countries around the world.

“These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ Top Colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.”

Since the agency’s founding in 1961, more than 3,100 alumni from the UW have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers, making UW the No. 3 all-time volunteer-producing institution. Additionally, UW tied for the No. 2 ranking among graduate schools. The university’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance hosts a Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program, a graduate fellowship that offers financial assistance to returned Peace Corps volunteers.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here.