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UMD Ranks Fourth Among Peace Corps’ 2020 Top Schools

UMD Ranks Fourth Among Peace Corps’ 2020 Top Schools



COLLEGE PARK, MD – The Peace Corps announced today that the University of Maryland ranked No. 4 among large schools on the agency’s list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2020. There are 66 Terrapins currently volunteering in countries around the world.


UMD rose in the rankings of top volunteer-producing schools this year, up from No. 10 in 2019, and has appeared on the list each year since 2011. 


“These schools are institutions that emphasize being global citizens and service-minded students,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “I am excited to know the graduates coming from Peace Corps’ Top Colleges are using their skills to make a positive impact on their communities at home and abroad.”


"We are thrilled to see the Maryland community's growing engagement with the Peace Corps and the important work that it facilitates around the world,” said Ross Lewin, Associate Vice-President of International Affairs. “This is a shining example of how Maryland students and alum are expanding the university's 'Do Good' vision to address global challenges.”


Since the agency’s founding in 1961, more than 1,340 alumni from UMD have served abroad as Peace Corps volunteers. Maryland currently ranks No. 5 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 259 volunteers from Maryland currently serving worldwide and 6,506 Marylanders who have served since 1961.


Sam Blurton graduated from UMCP in 2016 and is serving as an education volunteer in North Macedonia. 




“My coursework through UMD’s Law and Society minor and Global Communities Living and Learning program were introductions to social change, community development, and global citizenship, and Peace Corps seemed like a great opportunity to discover more about these topics in an international context,” Blurton said. “UMD also boasts an incredibly diverse student body, and I quickly became accustomed to navigating different backgrounds, opinions, and experiences. As I live in a multi-ethnic city in North Macedonia, this skill continues to serve me on a daily basis.”


View the Peace Corps’ complete 2020 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here.