Today, the Peace Corps announced that Stonehill College ranked No. 23 among small schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are eight Stonehill alumni currently volunteering worldwide.
This is the first year that Stonehill has appeared on the annual rankings.
“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service.”
Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 54 Stonehill alumni.
This year’s rankings follow a 40-year high in applications for the Peace Corps in 2015. This record-breaking number of applicants comes after the first full year that the agency’s historic application and recruitment reforms have been in place. Applicants will now find a simplified, more personal application process, and can learn more by reaching out to the New York regional recruitment office at firstname.lastname@example.org.