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April 23, 2024

UW is No. 3 for schools that produce most Peace Corps volunteers

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The UW is No. 3 for schools who send the most graduates to the Peace Corps.University of Washington

The Peace Corps announced that the University of Washington is again No. 3 on a list of top volunteer-producing institutions over the past two decades.

Among universities with 15,000 or more enrolled undergraduates, only the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison had more Peace Corps volunteers, based on a list compiled for 2024. The UW has graduated more than 2,300 students who have gone on to service opportunities abroad as volunteers, according to the Peace Corps.

“Today’s world requires problem-solvers and people who understand that it is only through shared impact that we will change the trajectory of global issues. Curiosity and openness to others are cultivated in school, but must be nurtured throughout our lifetimes,” Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn said in a written statement. “I am so grateful to these outstanding institutions for challenging and inspiring their students to not only be exceptional students but also to go on to be informed and intentional global citizens.”

More than 240,000 Americans have served in the Peace Corps around the world since President John F. Kennedy initiated the program in 1961.

More information about the Peace Corps and the UW can be found here.