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Ohio State ranks 13th in Peace Corps’ annual top colleges

Ohio State has placed in the top 25 for producing Peace Corps volunteers, ranking 13th on the list of large universities. With 68 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps, the university ranks first in the state of Ohio for volunteers. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 1,576 Ohio State University alumni have served as volunteers, making it number 10 on the list of all-time producing universities.

“For the last 50 years, colleges and universities across our country have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning,” said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. “In 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place.”

Peace Corps volunteers work in the areas of education and English teaching; agriculture, forestry and environment; public health and HIV/AIDS; youth and community development; math and science, and engineering; and business, planning and IT. Today’s volunteers are tackling important global issues such as education reconstruction, HIV/AIDS and malaria prevention, food security, clean water accessibility and environmental conservation.

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing schools annually according to the size of the student body.