UW is the No. 3 top Peace Corps volunteer-producing university for the past 2 decades

The Peace Corps announced today that the University of Washington is the No. 3 top volunteer-producing university for the past two decades.

Only University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison, placed higher than the UW, based on a list compiled by the Peace Corps for the years 2003 to 2023.

The agency said it is recruiting volunteers to serve in 59 countries at the invitation of host country governments to connect through the Peace Corps’ grassroots approach across communities and cultures.

“Demand for Peace Corps volunteers is high given setbacks in development progress following the COVID-19 pandemic,” Peace Corps Director Carol Spahn said in a press release “There is an urgent call to action, and graduates of University of Washington are part of a strong tradition of big-hearted problem solvers.”

Since the agency’s founding in 1961, more than 3,132 alumni from the UW have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. More than 240,000 Americans have served around the world since President John F. Kennedy initiated the program.

More information about the Peace Corps can be found here. The UW’s Peace Corps recruiter page can be found here.

By Briana Randall (She/Her)
Briana Randall (She/Her) Executive Director