Thursday, July 30, 2009

St. Olaf takes No. 2 slot in Peace Corps rankings

JANUARY 16, 2009 — With 26 St. Olaf alumni currently serving abroad in the U.S. Peace Corps, St. Olaf College has once again earned a "Top 25" ranking from the Peace Corps in the number of volunteers the college produces. This year St. Olaf ranks second (up from No. 9 last year) among small colleges and universities (with enrollments under 5,000; St. Olaf enrolls 3,000), and is the 96th greatest producer of Peace Corps volunteers since that organization was created 47 years ago.

"With the knowledge and training acquired at St. Olaf College, these Peace Corps Volunteers are making a positive contribution to the lives of people ... around the globe," says Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter. Since 1961, 463 St. Olaf alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

The nearly 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers currently serving in 76 countries represent more than 3,000 institutions of higher learning.

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