Pitt Ranks Fifth in Graduate Alumni Who Serve as Peace Corps Volunteers

Issue Date: 
February 17, 2014

The University of Pittsburgh ranks fifth among the nation’s graduate schools in its number of graduate alumni—13—who are volunteering for the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps released last week its 2014 rankings of the United States’ top volunteer-producing colleges, universities, and graduate schools. Rankings are based on fiscal year 2013 data as of Sept. 30, 2013, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

“The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today, thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service,” said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today’s global economy.” 

Service in the Peace Corps provides hands-on leadership experience, global travel opportunities, and a chance to positively impact a community. The organization’s volunteers live and work at the community level.

Universities that topped the list of graduate schools producing the most Peace Corps volunteers were the University of Denver, University of Washington, Tulane University, and the University of Florida.