University Earns No. 9 Peace Corps Ranking

Willamette University moved up 15 spots this year in the Peace Corps' rankings for colleges and universities with the most alumni volunteers.

With 20 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, Willamette ranks No. 9 on the top 25 list for small schools, those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates. Willamette tied with Lewis & Clark College and the University of Denver.

Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, 265 Willamette alumni have joined its ranks. They have served in 79 countries, with top destinations included the Philippines, Costa Rica, Mali, Paraguay, Peru and Thailand.

In 2004, Peace Corps officials formally presented Willamette with a Certificate of Appreciation that states "The graduates of Willamette University have been an integral part of Peace Corps' success overseas and its legacy here at home."