University of Florida among Peace Corps’ 2019 top volunteer-producing schools

Peace Corps announced today that University of Florida (UF) ranked No. 9 among large-size schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 56 Gators currently volunteering in countries around the world.

UF has ranked among the top 10 large-size schools every year for the past decade. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, over 1,400 alumni have served abroad as volunteers. Additionally, Florida ranks No. 6 among the top ten volunteer-producing states in the agencies 2018 Top Volunteer Producing States list, consistently climbing in the rankings from the No. 8 spot in 2011. There are more than 310 volunteers from the Sunshine State currently serving worldwide. A total of 8,237 Floridians have served in the Peace Corps since the agency was founded.

“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. Below, find the top five schools in each category and the number of alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. View the complete 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here.

About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, the environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit peacecorps.gov and follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

UF News March 20, 2019