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3 Washington universities are tops in sending volunteers to Peace Corps


SEATTLE — Washington state universities top the rankings this year for schools that have alumni volunteering in the Peace Corps.

This is the second time in three years that three schools from Washington state have produced the most Peace Corps volunteers from among students who were undergrads at small, medium and large colleges and universities. Washington state has been setting records for Peace Corps volunteers for many years.

The University of Washington is at the top of the list for large schools with 72 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Western Washington University is at the top of the medium school list with 47 volunteers. And Gonzaga University is the top small school with 20 alumni currently serving in the Peace Corps.

Several other Washington universities made the list. The University of Puget Sound is third among small colleges and universities. Seattle Pacific University is No. 14 among small colleges. And Seattle University is ranked No. 20 among small schools.

Among all volunteers since 1961, the University of Washington ranks No. 3 nationally in sending its alumni to the Peace Corps.

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