The University of Vermont is ranked No. 7 among medium-sized schools on the Peace Corps 2018 list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities.There are 28 UVM alumni currently serving worldwide.
This is the tenth consecutive year that UVM has ranked among the top 25 medium-sized schools.
“I’m very proud of UVM’s high rank, year in and year out, on the Peace Corp’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges,” said Tom Sullivan, president of the university. “It confirms what we know about our students and alumni—that they are highly motivated to make the world a better place and are engaged in helping to address pressing challenges facing communities around the globe.”
“Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni,” said Sheila Crowley, acting director of the Peace Corps. “As Peace Corps volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”
Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. A total of 909 UVM alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded.
Carrie Harvey of Cabot, Vermont graduated from UVM in 2015 and is serving as a youth in development volunteer in the Philippines. “UVM is a caring community that inspires its alumni to become involved global citizens,” Harvey said.
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body.
Vermont ranked No. 2 among Peace Corps’ top volunteer-producing states in 2017, while the Burlington-South Burlington metro area ranked No. 6 for the highest number of volunteers per capita.