Gonzaga University News Service
SPOKANE, Wash. – Once again, Gonzaga is ranked near the top – No. 7 in the nation – among small colleges and universities whose alumni serve the Peace Corps. Nineteen undergraduate Gonzaga alumni serve in the federal agency launched by President John F. Kennedy. A total of 273 Gonzaga undergraduate alumni have joined the Peace Corps since it was founded in 1961. The Peace Corps will celebrate its 50th anniversary next year.
Gonzaga also is among some 60 schools nationwide to offer a Master’s International program of the Peace Corps. In 2008, Gonzaga’s Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA/TESL) program was chosen to become a partner in the Peace Corps Master’s International program.
Now, four Gonzaga MA/TESL students serve the international relief agency and up to five more will start this fall. Most schools provide students in this program with opportunities to do research or teach, and most offer scholarships or tuition waivers for academic credits earned while serving the Peace Corps. Gonzaga even has a presence on the Peace Corps Web site.
In the undergraduate category for large schools, University of Washington claims the top spot again with 101 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. In the medium-sized school category, The George Washington University ranks No. 1. For small schools, St. Olaf ranks highest, with 26 alumni serving. Historically, University of California, Berkeley maintains the No. 1 all-time rank, with 3,412 Peace Corps total volunteer alumni.
View the entire top 25 rankings for each school size category, as well as all-time and graduate school rankings.
Gonzaga also is ranked the No. 3 best university in the West in U.S. News & World Report’s annual college rankings. U.S. News & World Report also ranks Gonzaga as the No. 3 best value in the West, No. 3 in alumni giving and as the top-rated Jesuit university in the Northwest.