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Willamette places among top colleges for Peace Corps volunteers

Willamette University has again been named among the top schools of its size for producing Peace Corps volunteers. With 17 currently serving undergraduate alumni, Willamette is No. 12 on the Peace Corps' annual rankings of volunteer-producing schools.

Year after year, Willamette places in the Peace Corps Top College rankings. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 290 Willamette University alumni have joined the Peace Corps.

The Willamette University motto, ‘Not unto ourselves alone are we born,' captures the essence of the university's commitment to community service and extraordinary focus on the value of civic engagement.

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy called upon America's youth to serve their country by volunteering to live and work in developing countries to promote world peace and friendship. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment, and volunteers have served in around the world, working on issues ranging from AIDS education to information technology and environmental preservation.