March 11, 2002
UCSC ranks eighth in number of graduates serving in Peace Corps
UCSC may not be one of the nation's largest campuses, but when it comes to serving
in the Peace Corps, it thinks big.
UCSC, with an enrollment just over 13,000, ranks eighth in the nation in the number
of former students helping around the world in the Peace Corps. The number one university
in Peace Corps volunteers is the University of Wisconsin at Madison, with 41,219
|This urban youth development volunteer in Nicaragua teaches
English to high school students, and organized a soccer team for boys. Photo: Peace Corps
"Throughout the years, your institution has made a tremendous contribution to
this agency's legacy of public service," Peace Corps Chief of Staff Lloyd Pierson
wrote to UCSC Chancellor M.R.C. Greenwood. UCSC was also ranked eighth in 2001, and
eleventh in 2000.
"The important role that these students play in promoting hope, opportunity,
and freedom cannot be underestimated in this time of adversity," Pierson added.
In the 41 years that the Peace Corps has been sending volunteers overseas, almost
all have been college graduates. Today, 95 percent of Peace Corps Volunteers hold
at least bachelor's degrees.
Since 1961, more than 165,000 Americans have served as Peace Corps volunteers in
135 different countries around the world. Approximately 7,000 volunteers are now
at work in 70 countries, sharing their skills and their culture.
Other University of California institutions in the top 20 were UC Berkeley (3), UC
Davis (10), UC Santa Barbara (15) and UCLA (16).
The top ten universities, their number of volunteers and their enrollments are:
- University of Wisconsin, Madison, 96 (41,219)
- University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 76 (37,197)
- University of California, Berkeley, 70 (31,277)
- University of Texas, Austin, 69 (50,616)
- University of Colorado, Boulder, 64 (26,035)
- University of Oregon, 63 (17,834)
- University of Virginia, (18,848) and the University of Washington, (41,089),
- University of California, Santa Cruz, 53 (13,147)
- Boston University, 51 (29,600)
- Indiana University, Bloomington (37,963), University of California, Davis (26,094)
and University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (24,180), all 50.
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