SPOKANE, Wash. – Gonzaga University moved up four spots to rank No. 3 in the nation among small colleges and universities whose alumni serve in the Peace Corps. There are 23 Gonzaga undergraduate alumni currently serving in the federal agency established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy.
Since the Peace Corps was founded, 285 Gonzaga alumni have served as volunteers. Gonzaga consistently places in the Peace Corps’ Top College rankings. The category of small colleges includes schools with 5,000 or fewer undergraduates. Gonzaga, which ranked No. 7 in the agency’s 2010 rankings, shares the No. 3 spot with Portland, Ore.-based Lewis & Clark College and the University of Portland; both schools also have 23 undergraduate alumni serving. View the full Peace Corps 2011 rankings
Gonzaga also is among 86 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. Visit the following link to learn more about Gonzaga’s MA/TESL program.
“For the last 50 years, colleges and universities nationwide have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place.”
The Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship worldwide in 2011. More than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.
Rankings are based on fiscal year 2010 data as of Sept. 30, 2010.