January 13, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell University has earned a top 25 ranking on the annual list of  “Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing College and Universities.”

Bucknell is tied with a number of institutions at No. 20 among small colleges and universities, according to the 2009 Peace Corps report. Last year, Bucknell was ranked sixth.

In the past 47 years, 240 Bucknell alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers. Today, 15 Bucknell alumni are serving as volunteers.|| See related Bucknell Magazine story.

Positive contribution
“With the knowledge and training acquired at Bucknell University, these Peace Corps volunteers are making a positive contribution to the lives of people in 76 countries,” said Don Tschetter, director of the Peace Corps in Washington, D.C. “The Peace Corps provides a unique opportunity for graduates to use their education and skills and apply them in the real world.”

Among small colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates, the University of Chicago, with 35 volunteers, was top-ranked. Among large colleges and universities with more than 15,000 undergraduates, the University of Washington had 104 volunteers. George Washington University with 57 volunteers was top-ranked among schools with 5,000 to 15,000 students.

Since its founding in 1961 when President John Kennedy called upon America’s youth to serve their country by volunteering to live and work in developing countries, more than 195,000 volunteers have worked to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 countries. Tschetter noted that applications to serve in the Peace Corps have increased 16 percent in the past year, the largest increase in the last five years.

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