MSUToday
Published: March 20, 2019

MSU among Peace Corps’ 2019 top volunteer-producing schools

Contact(s): Joe Nava jnava@peacecorps.gov, Kristen Parker University Communications office: (517) 353-8942 cell: (517) 980-0709 klparker@msu.edu

Michigan State University ranked No. 25 among large schools on the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. 

There are 36 Spartans currently volunteering in countries around the world. 

“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Jody Olsen, Peace Corps director. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”

Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, more than 2,430 alumni from MSU have served abroad as volunteers. In 2018, Michigan ranked No. 13 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers, and more than 7,700 Michiganders have served since 1961.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. 

View the 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here