Berkeley tops in Peace Corps volunteers

UC Berkeley has been named the top university in the country for the number of Peace Corps volunteers it has produced since President John F. Kennedy established the agency 36 years ago.

On Aug. 25, Peace Corps Director Mark Gearan announced the 50 colleges and universities with the highest cumulative number of Peace Corps volunteers. UC Berkeley took first place with 2,960 volunteers; the University of Wisconsin-Madison was second with 2,237 volunteers.

Eleven of the schools in the top 50 are in California. Some 150,000 Americans have joined the Peace Corps since 1961.

Gearan said that UC Berkeley's top ranking was "no surprise, because at Berkeley, service is a tradition. The idea of giving something back to your community and to the world is not just a cliché, but a way of life."

Graduates of UC Berkeley, site of the first-ever Peace Corps recruitment campaign in 1961, were among the first 50 volunteers to join the Peace Corps as high school teachers in Ghana.

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