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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 list of "Top Peace Corps Volunteer Producing Colleges and Universities." This honor is given to higher education institutions with the most alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Pepperdine ranked 21 among small colleges and universities, which includes institutions with fewer than 5,000 undergraduates.
There are currently 15 undergraduate alumni and two graduate alumni from Pepperdine serving in the Peace Corps. Volunteers in the Peace Corps serve in countries ranging from Asia to Central America and from Europe to Africa. In each of these countries, volunteers work with governments, schools, and entrepreneurs to address complex needs in education, health and HIV/AIDS, business, information technology, agriculture, and the environment.
"That so many of our students are serving in the Peace Corps comes as no surprise to me," remarks Dean of Seaver College David Baird. "The mission of the University is to prepare students for lives of purpose, service, and leadership in a global community. It is nice to have tangible evidence that we are achieving that objective."
Today, there are more than 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 74 countries. Volunteers serve with the purpose of helping countries meet their need for trained men and women, promoting a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served, and promoting a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.