UM Ranked No. 12 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

February 12, 2014

MISSOULA – For the second year in a row, the University of Montana has been named the No. 12 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 22 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide.

Since the first days of the Peace Corps, 811 UM alumni have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers, and this is the 10th year the University has been ranked in the top 25 volunteer-producing schools. UM is the only university in Montana ranked on the list.

“The University of Montana has a long tradition as a top contributor of volunteers who answer the call to serve the mission of world peace and friendship,” said Janet Allen, Peace Corps West Coast regional manager. “We are grateful and proud of the University’s development of globally aware individuals with the commitment to make a difference through service in host communities around the world as Peace Corps volunteers.”

UM is the first public university in the country to partner with the Peace Corps to offer the Peace Corps Preparatory Program. Any UM student can earn a Peace Corps Preparatory Certificate through participation in the international development studies minor in UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences.

Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining, hands-on leadership experience that offers volunteers the opportunity to travel to the farthest corners of the world and make a lasting difference in the lives of others. Peace Corps volunteers live and work at the community level and promote a better understanding between Americans and the people they serve, while at the same time becoming global citizens.

“During my service as a health extension agent in Mali, West Africa, I was able to make a difference in the communities I served by engaging in cultural exchange and collaborating on development projects with tangible results,” said Amber Gladney, UM’s Peace Corps campus representative. “I also became a global citizen while developing technical, entrepreneurial and leadership skills.”

For more information call Gladney at 406-243-2839 or email






Contact: Amber Gladney, UM Peace Corps campus representative, 406-243-2839,