No Black Colleges Among the Institutions Feeding the Most Graduates to the Peace Corps

This past week the Peace Corps published its annual list of the colleges, universities, and graduate schools that are the organization’s main feeder institutions for volunteers. There are currently 104 graduates of the University of Wisconsin who are serving as Peace Corps volunteers, the most of any college or university in the nation. The University of Washington, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado all have more than 80 graduates who are Peace Corps volunteers.

Since 1961 more than 3,200 graduates of Berkeley have gone on to work in the Peace Corps, the most of any college or university.

The Peace Corps also publishes a list of smaller colleges and universities that are the top feeder institutions for their size. The University of Virginia is the top feeder school for universities with between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates. For smaller colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduate students, Dartmouth College leads in sending the most graduates to the Peace Corps.

There are no black colleges or universities among the top 25 Peace Corps feeder institutions at all three levels of institutional size.

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