Miami ranks fourth on Peace Corps top 25 listFeb 08, 2010
Miami University has been named one of the top producers of Peace Corps volunteers by placing fourth on the organization's Top 25 list for medium-sized schools.
Miami currently has 43 undergraduate alumni serving, which bumps the university up from seventh place on the list in 2009. Medium-sized schools have an undergraduate enrollment between 5,000 and 15,000 students.
Currently, 7,671 Peace Corps volunteers are serving in 76 host countries around the world. Relevant experience in areas such as education, health, business, IT, environment, and agriculture is required. In 2009, the Peace Corps received more than 15,000 applications, an 18 percent increase from 2008. This is the largest number of applications since the agency began electronically recording applications in 1998, according to a Peace Corps statement.
Other Ohio schools in the Top 25 for 2010 include Ohio State University, tied for 13th in the large schools category with 61 volunteers; Oberlin College tied for 15th in the small schools category with 16 volunteers; and Denison University tied for 22nd in the small schools category with 14 volunteers.
In the last 48 years, 825 Miami alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Peace Corps representatives will be at the Spring Career Fair 1:30-5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, in Millet Hall and a Peace Corps information session will take place at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17, in 2970 Upham Hall.
To view the entire “Peace Corps Top Colleges and Universities” list for 2010, go to http://multimedia.peacecorps.gov/multimedia/pdf/stats/schools2010.pdf.