Notre Dame ranks high in Teach for America volunteers

by Michael O. Garvey

Teach for America

The University of Notre Dame is among the top 20 medium-sized colleges and universities sending graduates to Teach for America’s 2009 corps.

Notre Dame, which tied with Princeton University for 10th place among institutions with enrollments of between 3,000 and 9,999 undergraduates, will be represented by 29 members of the class of 2009 committed to teaching for two years in urban and rural public schools across the country.

Admission to the Teach for America program was more selective this year, due to a record number of 35,000 applicants. Notre Dame was among the 130 colleges and universities from which more than 5 percent of the senior class applied to the program. Some 10 percent of Notre Dame seniors were Teach for America applicants as compared with 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities.

With 4,100 recent college graduates enrolled, Teach for America’s 2009 corps is the largest in the organization’s 19-year history.

Teach for America is a national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools.