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U of M, Carleton, Macalester and St. Ben’s rank high in number of Peace Corps volunteers

Four Minnesota schools ranked high in alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers last year in the annual listing of top contributing colleges and universities.

The University of Minnesota was fifth in large schools, with 63 Peace Corps volunteers last year, according to the list (pdf).

In the small school category, Carleton College was second with 17; Macalester College was fifth with 15 and the College of St. Benedict was 20th, with 9.

The University of Minnesota was third in the graduate school category, with 14 volunteers.

The University of Wisconin-Madison, which had been at the top of the list last year, came in second this year, with 69 alumni in service. The University of Washington was tops this year, with 72.

UW-Madison is also second in all-time volunteers, with 3,145 since 1961. Cal Berkeley is the all-time leader, with 3,598.

The Peace Corps also measures volunteers by state: Minnesota was 9th in per capita volunteers, with 3.7 per 100,000 residents. Vermont was highest with 7.8.

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said:”Volunteers make lasting change by living and working at the grassroots level in their communities of service and using their talents to tackle some of the most critical challenges in international development.”

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