UM Ranks No. 10 for Producing Peace Corps Volunteers

March 01, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana has been named the No. 10 medium-sized university for producing Peace Corps volunteers. Currently, 24 UM alumni serve with the Peace Corps worldwide.

This year also marks the 12th time the University has placed in the top 25 on the medium-sized volunteer-producing colleges and universities list. UM is tied with the College of William and Mary for the No. 10 spot.

“It’s an exciting time of year when Peace Corps releases the Top College rankings,” said Sarah Kassel, Peace Corps recruitment supervisor. “We are delighted to recognize the University of Montana as one of the top volunteer-producing schools in the West, graduating dedicated individuals who exemplify the Peace Corps mission of promoting world peace and friendship.”

Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 847 from UM. In 2015, Montana ranked No. 3 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 4.5 volunteers per 100,000 residents.

UM was 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 by participating in the international development studies minor in UM’s College of Humanities and Sciences. UM also offers two master’s International Programs: a Master of Science in international conservation and development and a Master of Art in global youth development, which allows students to earn their graduate degrees while serving in the Peace Corps. 

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 lasting differences 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.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.”

For more information call UM Peace Corps campus representative Peter McDonough at 406-243-2839 or email peacecorps@umontana.edu. Those interested in volunteering with the Peace Corps are encouraged to stop by UM’s Peace Corps office, which is located in the Office of Career Services in Lommasson Center Room 154.

Contact: Peter McDonough, UM Peace Corps campus representative, 406-243-2839, peacecorps@umontana.edu.