GW Leads List of Peace Corps Volunteer Producers

For the second year in a row, the university ranks first among Peace Corps’ list of medium-sized colleges and universities.

March 20, 2019


George Washington University is a top-ranked producer of Peace Corps volunteers among medium-sized schools on the program’s 2019 list of colleges and universities.

This is the second consecutive year that GW has held the No. 1 spot, and the fourth year that the university has ranked in the top five. It is also the seventh time in the past decade that GW has ranked first on the list of medium sized schools, which includes colleges and universities with 5,000 to 15,000 undergraduate students. The university also ranked No. 6 among graduate schools. There are currently 68 GW alumni volunteering around the world.

“We are thrilled with this continued recognition of GW as a top producer of Peace Corps volunteers,” said Rachel Brown, associate vice provost for university career services. “GW students are passionate about making a difference and determined to make the world a better place.  Our commitment to service, combined with our global focus, make the Peace Corps a natural fit for GW students.”

Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, more than 1,270 GW alumni have served as volunteers. Last year, Washington, D.C., was the top ranked metropolitan area with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita. More than 2,470 D.C. residents have served since the program’s founding.

“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”

GW will host a discussion on national service with Dr. Olsen and Barbara Stewart, CEO of the Corporation for National and Community Service, at 3:00 p.m. on April 3 in the Marvin Center Continental Ballroom.