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Release Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013 4:54 PM
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Howard University Earns Top Spot in Peace Corps 2013 Ranking

WASHINGTON (April 3, 2013) – This year, Howard University held the top rank among Historically Black Colleges and Universities for producing undergraduate Peace Corps volunteers.

Howard has 21 undergraduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers, bringing the total to 204 of alumni who have served overseas since 1961. Following Howard on the list were Morehouse College, which had eight volunteers, and Spelman College, which had five. 

“This is the second year in a row we have been the top producer,” said Harold Scott, Ph.D., interim director of Ralph Bunche International Affairs Center. “We are very proud of this achievement. We have worked hard to raise the profile of Peace Corps among our undergraduates.”

Peace Corps volunteers serve 27 months abroad working in areas such as, education, community health, economic development, youth development and agriculture. Volunteers return from service as global citizens and receive support from the Peace Corps in the form of career services, graduate school opportunities, advantages in federal employment, readjustment allowances, and loan deferment and cancellation opportunities.

“Historically Black Colleges and Universities equip students with the skills necessary to make a difference overseas through Peace Corps service,” said Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Volunteers with diverse backgrounds bring unique cross-cultural experiences to the communities they serve and help promote a greater understanding of all Americans.”

The Peace Corps ranks the top volunteer-producing HBCUs annually. Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2012 data as of September 30, 2012 as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. Ninety percent of volunteer positions require a bachelor's degree. Americans with backgrounds in agriculture, environment, teaching English as a second language, and other technical or language skills related to Peace Corps assignment areas are encouraged to apply for service one year in advance of their target departure date. Visit for more information.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at

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