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Spelman Jumps From No. 7 to No. 4 in the Peace Corps' List of Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities Share a Spelman College Press Release

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Audrey Arthur
Spelman College

Kandice Brown
Peace Corps

2018 Peace Corps (web)ATLANTA (Feb. 21, 2018) – Today, the Peace Corps announced that Spelman College tied for No. 4 among small schools on the agency’s 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 14 Spelman alumnae currently volunteering worldwide.

This is the second year Spelman has been ranked as a top producing small school. In 2017, Spelman ranked No. 7. Additionally, the state of Georgia ranks No. 16 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers. There are 189 volunteers from Georgia currently serving worldwide and 3,688 Georgians have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.

"Peace Corps service is a profound expression of the idealism and civic engagement that colleges and universities across the country inspire in their alumni," said Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley. "As Peace Corps Volunteers, recent college and university graduates foster capacity and self-reliance at the grassroots level, making an impact in communities around the world. When they return to the United States, they have new, highly sought-after skills and an enterprising spirit that further leverages their education and strengthens their communities back home.”

Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961. Spelman has 97 alumnae who have chosen to serve in the Peace Corps since the agency’s existence.

Monique Gray"I aspired to join the Peace Corps after I attended an international forum at Spelman," said Monique Gray, C'2013, who is currently serving as a volunteer in Guinea. "There, fellow Spelman sisters shared stories about life changing experiences serving in various countries in the Peace Corps. Their emboldened and at times, daunting, stories reflected just how their lives changed while peering through a new set of cultural lenses."

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2018 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1.    University of Wisconsin-Madison – 85
2.    University of Washington – 74
3.    University of Minnesota – 72
4.    University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill – 70
5.    University of Florida – 68

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1.    George Washington University – 50
2.    American University – 49
3.    College of William and Mary – 35
4.    University of Montana – 34
5.    Tulane University – 33

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:
Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1. St. Mary’s College of Maryland – 17
2. Macalester College – 15
2. St. Lawrence University – 15
4. University of Redlands – 14
4. University of Mary Washington – 14.
4. Evergreen State College – 14
4. Hobart and William Smith Colleges – 14
4. Whitworth University – 14
4. Spelman College – 14
10. Willamette University – 13
10. Denison University – 13
10. Agnes Scott College – 13
13. Carleton College – 12
13. Bucknell University – 12
13. Eckerd College – 12

Graduate Schools – Total Volunteers:
1. Tulane University – 27
2. American University – 19
3. University of South Florida – 16
4. George Washington University – 15
5. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor – 14
5. Columbia University – 14
5. University of Denver – 14

Historical, Since 1961 – Total Volunteers:
1.    University of California, Berkeley    3,671
2.    University of Wisconsin–Madison    3,279
3.    University of Washington        3,027
4.    University of Michigan        2,720
5.    University of Colorado Boulder    2,504

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of September 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

About the Peace Corps
The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Spelman College
Founded in 1881, Spelman College is a leading liberal arts college widely recognized as the global leader in the education of women of African descent. Located in Atlanta, the College’s picturesque campus is home to 2,100 students. Outstanding alumnae include Children’s Defense Fund Founder Marian Wright Edelman; Starbucks Group President and COO Rosalind Brewer, Broadway producer Alia Jones, former Acting Surgeon General and Spelman’s first alumna President Audrey Forbes Manley, Harvard professor Evelynn Hammonds, author Pearl Cleage and actress LaTanya Richardson Jackson. For more information, visit


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