Colorado College moved up four spots and now ranks seventh among small schools and universities with alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.
The college has 21 alumni currently serving. Since the Peace Corps' inception in 1961, 306 Colorado College alumni have joined its ranks. This year’s jump from 11th to seventh place is the highest CC has ranked on the list. The second-highest ranking was in 2003, when Colorado College placed eighth.
“I am excited by the news that CC has joined the Peace Corps small college top 10 – but I am not surprised,” says Colorado College President Richard F. Celeste, who joined the college in 2002 and served as director of the U.S. Peace Corps from 1979 until 1981.
"I have found an eagerness on the part of many of our students to put their education to work in the developing world, to hone their skills at the same time as they help make a real difference in the lives of others. In fact, I regularly get email from our alums serving in Peace Corps assignments around the world, reporting on their activities and discussing how to take the next step in a journey of international service," Celeste says.
The Peace Corps ranks the top 25 colleges and universities producing volunteers according to the size of the student body. Small schools are those with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates; medium-size schools are those with between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates; and large schools are those with more than 15,000 undergraduates. Colorado College has 1,945 undergraduate students.