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Dickinson named a Peace Corps top-10 volunteer-producing college for fourth straight year

In its annual list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities, the Peace Corps announced today that Dickinson is again among the nation’s top 10. At No. 8, Dickinson has made the top 10 in the “small schools” category for four straight years. It is the only Pennsylvania institution listed in the top 10 in the 2016 rankings.


Currently, 11 Dickinson alumni are volunteering in the Peace Corps worldwide and a total of 238 Dickinson alumni have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961.


This year’s rankings follow a 40-year high in applications for the Peace Corps in 2015. This record-breaking number of applicants comes after the first full year that the agency’s historic application and recruitment reforms have been in place. Applicants will now find a simplified, more personal application process and can learn more by reaching out to the New York regional recruitment office at


“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.”


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Published February 18, 2016