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Montana State University Earns Top Spot on 2011 Peace Corps Top Colleges Rankings

February 7, 2011 -- MSU News Service

Montana State University ranks number 18 on Peace Corps' 2011 rankings for those colleges and universities with enrollments between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates.    High-Res Available

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Montana State University ranks number 18 on Peace Corps' 2011 rankings for those colleges and universities with enrollments between 5,001 and 15,000 undergraduates. It is the first time the university has been on the rankings since 2007.

There are currently 25 MSU undergraduate alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers, a 25 percent increase from last year.

"For the last 50 years, colleges and universities across our country have been an integral part of the Peace Corps family, from developing young leaders, to hosting trainings and teaching the importance of lifelong learning," said Peace Corps Director Aaron S. Williams. "In 1961, President Kennedy created the Peace Corps in response to the passion of university students, and today we continue to be inspired by the enthusiasm, dedication, and creativity of the thousands of Americans now serving overseas. Colleges instill a commitment to public service among their students and share our belief that, together, we can work to make the world a better place."

Since 1961, 427 MSU alumni have served as Peace Corps volunteers.

Peace Corps Volunteers live, learn, and work with a community overseas for 27 months, providing technical assistance in six program areas: education, youth and community development, health, business and information and communications technology, agriculture, and environment.

MSU has received other national recognition for its commitment to teaching that encourages volunteer service in communities and the spreading of knowledge that benefits the public.

In January, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching awarded MSU its community engagement classification. MSU's application highlighted 15 university-community partnerships that ranged from Engineers Without Borders at MSU, a student-driven organization that brings clean drinking water to remote schools in western Kenya; to MSU's Campus Corps, which provides students with service learning experiences that are integrated into course content, but are also meeting pressing community needs.

As Peace Corps celebrates its 50th anniversary, it's actively recruiting the next generation of volunteers. Meetings to learn about Peace Corps volunteer opportunities, answer questions and gain tips to the application process are coming up in Bozeman.

Almost Spring Career Fair Information Table
Thursday, February 24
9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Strand Union Building (SUB) Ballroom

Information Meeting
Thursday, February 24
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
SUB Room 234

Thursday, February 24
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Bozeman Public Library
626 E. Main Street
Bozeman, MT 59715

The full list of schools with Peace Corps volunteers, including graduate schools is available online at

Kathryn Tanner at 406-994-6902 or