UNC Alumni Rank No. 4 in Peace Corps Service

Carolina is ranked No. 4 in volunteer-producing colleges in a report released by the Peace Corps. (UNC photo)

Seventy Carolina alumni are serving in the Peace Corps, bringing UNC back into the organization’s top five volunteer-producing colleges and universities list.

Since the Peace Corps’ inception, 1,338 Carolina alumni have served in the program.

Carolina is ranked No. 4 in the report released this week by the Peace Corps. For the second straight year, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Washington and the University of Minnesota hold the top three spots, respectively. The University of Florida is No. 5.

The last year that Carolina was in the top five was in 2011, when it tied for third with the University of Michigan and the University of Washington. In recent years, Carolina’s rankings and volunteer levels first moved lower on the list and then began a climb back up:

2017: No. 7 with 51 volunteers;

2016: No. 12 with 39 volunteers;

2015: Tied for No. 15 with 39 volunteers;

2014: Tied for No. 25 with 35 volunteers;

2013: Tied for No. 14 with 62 volunteers;

2012: No. 8 with 87 volunteers; and

2011: Tied for No. 3 with 94 volunteers.

To date, 1,338 Carolina alumni have served in the program.

Schools making big jumps on this year’s large-college list include the University of Texas, moving from No. 25 to No. 8 with 61 current volunteers, and the University of Virginia, moving from No. 15 to No. 6 with 62 volunteers.

View the complete 2018 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category and an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of Sept. 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.


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