UMass Amherst among Top Contributors of Graduates to Teach for America

AMHERST, Mass. - Teach for America has named the University of Massachusetts Amherst as one of the top large universities in the country contributing graduating seniors to its 2010 teaching corps.

After a highly selective admissions process, 29 UMass Amherst graduates were selected for the program and will begin teaching this fall in urban and rural schools around the country. Teach for America participants commit to teach for two years.

The admission process for this year''s teaching corps was even more selective than in previous years, with more than 46,000 graduating seniors, graduate students and professionals applying for 4,500 openings. UMass Amherst ranked 20th among universities with undergraduate enrollments of more than 10,000 and is the only public university in New England to rank in the top tier of recruits.

The new corps members have an average grade point average of 3.6 and 89 percent have significant leadership experience, according to Teach for America. They represent 630 colleges and universities and 81 percent are graduating seniors.

This fall, more than 8,200 corps members will be teaching in 39 regions across the U.S.