Truman Makes Debut in Annual Peace Corps’ Rankings

Truman State University has made its first appearance in the Peace Corps’ annual rankings of schools producing volunteers for the organization.

Truman ranks 25th on their list of medium-sized schools producing Peace Corps Volunteers. Truman has 20 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers. Other schools listed in the top 25 include University of Virginia, Georgetown University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Notre Dame, Brown University and Yale.
Since Peace Corps’ inception, 154 alumni of Truman State University have joined the ranks, making it the No. 281 producer of volunteers of all time. Truman State University is also ranked No. 87 for the number of graduate school alumni participating in the program. Three Truman alumni with advanced degrees are currently serving as Volunteers.
“We strive to instill in our students the desire to be socially responsible citizens in whatever field they pursue,” said University President Barbara Dixon. “One aspect of being responsible is giving back and helping those who are less fortunate than themselves. We are very proud of the Peace Corps ranking; it is an indication of the public service values our students develop while at Truman.”

Schools are ranked according to the size of the student body. Small schools are defined as those with less than 5,000 undergraduates, medium-size schools have between 5,001 to 15,000 undergraduates, and large schools more than 15,000 undergraduates. Currently there are more than 8,000 Volunteers abroad who have made the commitment to serve 27 months. To view the entire “Peace Corps Top Colleges 2007” list, please visit the Peace Corps Web site at
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