Seattle University is number 23 on the Peace Corps’ 2011 ranking of colleges and universities with enrollments less than 5,000. The ranking is based on the number of undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.
SU currently has 16graduates in the Peace Corps, a significant increase from 10 alumni serving last year. That brings to 328 the number of SUalumni who have served as Peace Corps volunteers since its inception in 1961. The university last made the top 25 in 2005.
“That Seattle University ranks high in the number of its alumni who participate in the Peace Corps comes as no surprise to those of us who have watched these young men and women grow in their commitment to service during their student years,” said Peter Ely, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry. “The university aims to develop leaders for a just and human world. What better way than to serve in the Peace Corps?”
In announcing the rankings, Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams recognized colleges and universities across the country as “an integral part of the Peace Corps family.”
“In 1961,” he added, “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.”
Today,Peace Corps volunteers work in 77 countries in the areas of education, youth and community development, health and HIV/AIDS, business information and communication technology, agriculture and environment.