Published: Feb. 28, 2017 By

Twin Lakes panorama by Jim Tanton, a volunteer in Uganda. (Photo courtesy Tanton/2013)

Twin Lakes panorama by Jim Tanton, a volunteer in Uganda. (Photo courtesy Tanton/2013)

CU Boulder is ranked No. 11 in the nation (tied with the University of Oregon) for graduates serving as Peace Corps volunteers with 47 alumni currently serving around the world, the Peace Corps announced today. CU Boulder also is among the top five volunteer-producing universities of all time with 2,468 alumni having served in the program since it was established in 1961.

CU Boulder-Peace Corps volunteer Kara Zucker in El Salvador, hiking.

Kara Zucker in Achuachapan, El Salvador, hikes one hour to the nearest town to use a printer at an internet cafe. "I had just shown my host sister how to use my camera and she surprised me by taking this photo from ahead on the trail," she said. (Photo courtesy Zucker/2013)

"Impacting humanity is one of the campus’s priorities and it is a longstanding legacy among CU Boulder students and alumni," said CU Boulder Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano. "It’s embodied in their impressive contributions to communities around the world through programs like the Peace Corps. Our alumni make us all proud."

In the annual Top Colleges list, CU Boulder has held a position in the top 11 nationally among large institutions for the past 15 years, ranking in the top three for nine of those years.

"I am excited to see CU Boulder’s membership in this distinguished list of universities," said Ben Kirshner, faculty director of CU Engage. "It’s a credit to CU Boulder students and their awareness of our interconnectedness and shared humanity with people who live outside of the U.S."

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer colleges and universities according to student-body size, putting CU Boulder in the “large colleges and universities” category. Large schools have more than 15,000 undergraduates.

Topping the large-schools category in 2017 are the University of Wisconsin-Madison at No. 1 (87 volunteers); the University of Washington at No. 2 (73 volunteers); and the University of Minnesota at No. 3 (70 volunteers).

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