AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst is among the top colleges and universities in the country for producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 37 alumni serving worldwide last year, UMass Amherst ranks No. 1 among all New England schools and No. 21 nationally among universities with more than 15,000 undergraduates.
This is the first time in at least 10 years that UMass Amherst has ranked among the top large schools.
“Peace Corps service is an unparalleled leadership opportunity that enables college and university alumni to use the creative-thinking skills they developed in school to make an impact in communities around the world,” Acting Peace Corps Director Sheila Crowley said. “Many college graduates view Peace Corps as a launching pad for their careers because volunteers return home with the cultural competency and entrepreneurial spirit sought after in most fields.”
Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, 1,302 alumni from UMass Amherst have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers.
UMass Amherst alumni are currently serving in Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean.
The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body.