Campus & Community

DU ranks No. 1 for Peace Corps service

For the second year in a row, the University of Denver is ranked No. 1 on the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in the graduate school category, with 18 students currently volunteering worldwide.

The ranking is due in large part to the Josef Korbel School of International Studies and its participation in the Peace Corps’ Master’s International (MI) Program, in which students typically spend one year on campus before completing 27 months of Peace Corps service while undertaking an academic project.

“I am proud of the Korbel School’s partnership with the Peace Corps,” says Christopher Hill, dean of the Josef Korbel School and a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Cameroon. “Our Master’s International program combines the knowledge and skills from our highly ranked degrees with the unique on-the-ground experience of the Peace Corps. The students who complete this program are very marketable in today’s competitive job market.”

Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet says the Peace Corps provides an indispensable opportunity for young people out of college to put their unique skills to work making a difference for communities around the world.

“Volunteers make lasting change by living and working at the grassroots level in their communities of service and using their talents to tackle some of the most critical challenges in international development,” she says.

To date, 615 University of Denver alumni have served in the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps’ annual “Top Colleges” list recognizes the highest volunteer-producing colleges and universities for small, medium, large and graduate institutions. Over the past four years, the University of Denver has ranked in the top five on the graduate schools list, holding the No. 1 spot for the past two years.

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