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Release Date: Friday, May 2, 2014 2:49 PM
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Howard Ranks on Peace Corps Top College List

WASHINGTON (February 11, 2014)  – This year, Howard University ranked as a leading producer of Peace Corps volunteers. The achievement marks the first time that a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) has been ranked on the annual top volunteer-producing universities list.

"The DNA of the Peace Corps is service,” said Interim President Wayne A.I. Frederick. “Howard’s motto is Veritas et Utilitas ‘Truth and Service’ so this accolade really emphasizes the commitment of Howard students and alumni to service.”

Howard University has consistently ranked No. 1 on the Peace Corps’ HBCU  list, but achieved a top rank among medium-sized colleges and universities for the first time this year. Since the Peace Corps was established in 1961, more than 210 Howard graduates have traveled abroad to serve as volunteers. The list ranks institutions by number of alumni serving as volunteers overseas. Howard currently has 18 alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

“The same passion that launched the Peace Corps more than 50 years ago fuels progress in developing countries today thanks to the leadership and creativity that college graduates bring to their Peace Corps service,” Peace Corps Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “The unique Peace Corps experience helps recent graduates cultivate highly sought-after skills that will launch their careers in today’s global economy.”

Howard University alumna Sheree Jackson (B.B.A, ’10) is working as an English teacher in Armenia.

“When I was at Howard University, I knew that at least one of my next steps after graduation had to include traveling internationally, working with and helping others, and being able to explore my interests in foreign languages and cultures,” Jackson said. “I recommend Peace Corps to Howard University students because you will get a chance to represent America as a person of color.”


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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