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AU Climbs Peace Corps' List of Top Universities

By Jon Hussey

American University ranked third on the Peace Corps' list of medium-sized colleges and universities with the most Peace Corps volunteers, climbing four spots from its position on last year's list.  AU also earned the No. 5 spot for graduate schools with Peace Corps volunteers.

The university has risen consistently in the past three years, ranking seventh on the list of undergrad volunteers in 2008, eighth in 2007, and 12th in 2006.  Fifty-one AU students volunteered for the Peace Corps in 2008, bringing the school's overall total of volunteers to 769, reinforcing the university's commitment to "putting ideas into action, action into service."

Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body.  Small schools are those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates; medium-sized schools have between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates; and large schools enroll more than 15,000 undergraduates. 

Since its founding in 1961, the Peace Corps has received almost 200,000 volunteers from more than 3,000 institutions across the United States and Puerto Rico.  Currently, there are 7,876 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 76 countries worldwide.