Campus Ranks 20th in Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa
Austin Alcorn Petersen, Peace Corps recruiter at UC Davis, is pictured when he was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa, from 2009 to 2014. He is now a graduate student in international agricultural development.

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  • The campus gets its top ranking among large colleges and universities
  • A total of 39 Aggies are volunteering worldwide; there have been nearly 1,500 since 1961
  • UC Davis has five master's programs that allow students to combine studies with Peace Corps service

The Peace Corps today (Feb. 28) announced that the campus ranked No. 20 among large schools on the agency’s 2017 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 39 Aggies currently volunteering worldwide.

This is UC Davis’ 16th consecutive year in the top 25. In total, three campuses in the UC system are ranked on the list of top 25 large universities this year.

“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 1,497 UC Davis alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to a community overseas and make a lasting difference in the lives of others.

The Internship and Career Center has a dedicated Peace Corps recruitment adviser and provides information about the Peace Corps on its website. The campus also offers five Peace Corps Master’s International programs, which allow students to integrate a master's degree with service abroad.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2016 data as of Sept. 30, 2016, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

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