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Peace Corps press release excerpt   Date: 2/18/13 Bookmark and Share

Smith Increases Rank as Peace Corps Top College

Smith Ranks No. 8 Nationally in Peace Corps Undergraduate Participation

New York, N.Y.—With 16 Smith alumnae serving this year in Peace Corps jobs abroad, the college ranks eighth among small-size schools nationwide in producing volunteers for the government agency, increasing its ranking from the 15th highest participating school last year.

Smith alumnae are currently serving as volunteers in Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, Guatemala, Liberia, Mozambique, Nepal, Panama, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Ukraine and Zambia, working in agriculture, education, environment, health and youth development, among other areas.

Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 361 Smith alumnae have served. The college consistently ranks among the top 20 schools in producing Peace Corps volunteers.

"Every year, graduates of colleges and universities across the United States are making a difference in communities overseas through Peace Corps service," said Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. "As a result of the top-notch education they receive, these graduates are well prepared for the challenge of international service. They become leaders in their host communities and carry the spirit of service and leadership back with them when they return home."

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body. Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates.

Mount Holyoke College, with 15 Peace Corps volunteers, placed 18th on the small-school list.

View the top 25 lists of Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools.

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