WWU, Gonzaga tops for sending alumni to Peace Corps


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Western Washington University is among the best places in the U.S. for recruiting Peace Corps volunteers, the international agency said Tuesday, Feb. 11.

Western tops the list of medium-sized colleges and universities with 65 volunteers, according to the Peace Corps' 2014 listing of top colleges. Among medium-sized schools, the University of Virginia and American University come in second and third, with 44 and 43 undergraduate alumni in service, respectively.

Gonzaga University is No. 1 among small colleges and universities with 22 volunteers from its undergraduate alumni.

Among large schools, the University of Washington and the University of Florida tied for second place among large schools, with each sending 85 undergraduate alumni to be Peace Corps volunteers. The University of Wisconsin at Madison regained the top spot among large schools, with 90 alumni volunteers. UW and Florida topped the list in 2013.

UW also was one of the top schools for recruiting volunteers from graduate schools. Historically, the Seattle campus is No. 3 for all-time historical contributions of volunteers to the program, with 2,840 volunteers since 1961.

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