UVM a Top 25 Peace Corps Producer
By the view Staff Article published January 25, 2005
The Peace Corps, the United States government’s international service program, announced on Jan. 24 that the University of Vermont had returned to its top 25 list for volunteer-producing colleges.
UVM moved up slightly in the agency's most recent survey to rank 24th for medium schools, sharing the position with Duke University, with 23 alumni currently serving as volunteers. Since Peace Corps' inception, 670 Vermont graduates have volunteered to spend two-year terms overseas working on issues including education, health, HIV/AIDS education and prevention, information technology, business development, the environment and agriculture.
The University of Wisconsin at Madison was the overall top producer for large colleges, with 123 volunteers serving in the field. For medium schools, UVM’s category, the University of Virginia provided the most current volunteers, tallying 84. The University of Chicago is atop the small-school volunteer list, with 39.
The Peace Corps ranks schools according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-size schools are those between 5,001 to 15,000 undergraduates, and large schools are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates.