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Peace Corps Names Pepperdine as One of the "Top Producing Colleges and Universities"
Pepperdine University has earned a top 25 ranking on the Peace Corps list of "Top Producing Colleges and Universities." This honor is given to institutions that have the most alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. The University ranked 21 among small colleges and universities which includes higher education institutions with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates. Pepperdine tied with Bucknell University and Macalester College.
Currently 16 talented Pepperdine graduates are serving as Peace Corps volunteers using their skills and knowledge to help improve the lives of people across the world. By integrating into host country communities and learning local languages, volunteers promote understanding and can dispel myths about Americans at the local level.
Pepperdine University Provost Darryl Tippens remarks, "This honor confirms that we are doing what we have promised: to encourage students to lead lives of service, purpose, and leadership. We are grateful for the recognition, but we are even more grateful for the life-changing work these sixteen Pepperdine graduates are performing around the globe. In dozens of places, in small villages and large cities, these graduates are sharing values and teaching practices that will make this a better world."
Today, there are more than 7,700 Peace Corps volunteers at 67 posts serving 73 countries overseas. Through their work, volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.