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Oberlin College jumps five spots in Peace Corps rankings

OBERLIN, Feb. 2, 2009: Oberlin College has moved up five spots this year to earn a top 10 ranking on the annual list. With 21 alumni currently serving as Peace Corps Volunteers, Oberlin ranks sixth nationally in its category.

 “On behalf of the Peace Corps, please accept my profound gratitude for your support of the agency and its volunteers,” wrote Peace Corps Director Ron Tschetter in the letter to Oberlin College President Marvin Krislov announcing Oberlin's 2009 ranking.

The College’s “support has been instrumental to the success of the Peace Corps, and we look forward to continuing a successful collaboration in the decades to come,” said the director. “With the knowledge and training acquired at Oberlin, they are making a positive contribution to the lives of people in 76 countries."

Oberlin College has had a strong relationship with the Peace Corps since the earliest days of the organization's existence. Between 1963 and 1967 the Peace Corps located one of its first regional recruiting and training centers on Oberlin's campus, often hiring faculty members and students to assist in administrative and educational tasks.

Year in and year out, its graduates volunteer for service in the Corps at a rate unmatched by few school its size.  Throughout the last 47 years, 502 Oberlin graduates have used their education and skills and applied them in the real world as Peace Corps volunteers.

 For its list, the Peace Corps ranks schools according to the size of the student body; small schools and universities are those with less than 5,000 undergraduates. In this group, the University of Chicago comes out on top with 35 undergraduate alumni volunteers, followed by St. Olaf College with 26.





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