UNCW Ranks in Peace Corps’ Top 25 Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities

Friday, February 19, 2016

For the second year in a row, UNCW has been recognized by the Peace Corps as one of the top 25 volunteer-producing institutions among medium-size colleges and universities in the United States. Thirteen alumni are currently serving in 12 countries around the world, and UNCW is tied for 25th among schools with enrollments between 5,000 and 15,000.

Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 178 from UNCW. The university has a Peace Corps Prep Program for students who plan to volunteer with the organization after graduation. Taught by faculty who are former Peace Corps volunteers, courses in the preparatory curriculum include classes in foreign language, education intercultural studies, business and public health.

“UNCW has a strong focus on connecting our students globally,” said Michael Wilhelm, associate vice chancellor for international programs. “The Peace Corps is one of many avenues allowing students to experience other nations and cultures. We are pleased to be able to offer a curriculum specifically designed for service-minded students who seek this challenging and rewarding experience.”

The Peace Corps has revised its application process to make it simpler and to offer prospective volunteers some choice in where they serve. This interactive graphic shows where volunteers from each college on the list are serving.

Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad on behalf of the United States to tackle challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their service at the grassroots level, volunteers gain a unique understanding of world cultures and people.

View the complete 2016 rankings in each undergraduate category here.

-- Tricia Vance