As it did last year, the University of Notre Dame moved up four spots this year on the list of medium-sized schools (those with undergraduate enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000) producing Peace Corps volunteers.
With 26 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, Notre Dame is now ranked 13th on the list, up from 17th last year.This is the sixth year in a row that Notre Dame has been among the nation’s top 25.
Since its inception in 1961, the Peace Corps has enrolled volunteers from more than 3,000 institutions nationwide. At present, 7,876 Peace Corps volunteers are serving for 27-month commitments in 76 countries.
Notre Dame’s association with the Peace Corps goes back to the agency’s founding in 1961, when the very first volunteers were trained on campus. Since then, 800 Notre Dame graduates have entered the Peace Corpsmore than from any other Catholic college or university.
The complete"Peace Corps Top Colleges 2009"list is available on the Peace Corps Web site at http://www.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2009.pdf