The Peace Corps announced that Seattle University ranks fifth nationally among small colleges and universities in terms of alumni currently serving as volunteers.  Washington state also took the number one spot in all three categories of small, medium, and large undergraduate schools with Gonzaga, Western Washington, and the University of Washington having the most alumni currently volunteering in the Peace Corps.

“Congratulations to Seattle University for ranking fifth in the Peace Corps rankings for small colleges and universities,” said Congressman Adam Smith.  “The Peace Corps is a great program that has made a remarkable impact around the world in areas desperately in need of basic services, health care, education facilities, and more.  Volunteers demonstrate the true goodwill spirit of the American people and are an important part of American diplomacy and our international development efforts.  It speaks volumes about Seattle University and other Washington state schools that so many alumni have joined the Peace Corps and made significant contributions to communities across the globe.”

Every year, the Peace Corps ranks Top Colleges based on size of the school.  Small schools have less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium schools have between 5,000 and 15,000 and large schools have over 15,000 undergraduate students.  This year’s rankings are calculated based on Fiscal Year 2012 data.  See the full Peace Corps Press Release here.