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CSU among nation's top 10 producers of Peace Corps volunteers

February 3, 2011

Fifty years ago, researchers at Colorado State University had a hand in creating the Peace Corps. The university's service to the world continues to this day: A new ranking puts CSU third in the nation in per capita undergraduate alumni serving in the Peace Corps and 10th overall.

CSU officials recruiting Peace Corps volunteers at Braiden HallColorado State consistently lands in the top 15 among universities and colleges with more than 15,000 undergraduates. In 2010, the university ranked 10th overall with 79 volunteers with their bachelor’s degrees in the Peace Corps, according to 2010 rankings released this week by the volunteer organization.

Founders included Colorado State researchers

The Peace Corps turns 50 this year. Beginning Feb. 28, Colorado State plans a month of activities in celebration of the university's strong history of providing volunteers and support to the Peace Corps, which can be traced to the organization's beginnings. Colorado State researchers Pauline Birky-Kreutzer and Maury Albertson, answering President John F. Kennedy's famous call to service, published in 1961 one of the original feasibility studies that led to the creation of the Peace Corps.

"Students at Colorado State University want to give back and help with the health and well-being of people around the globe," said Martha Denney, director of International Education. "That's part of our commitment to internationalization and our mission of outreach and service."

Master's degree programs offered

In addition to traditional Peace Corps service, Colorado State offers Peace Corps master's degree programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition and Department of English.

Currently, there are about 7,600 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 77 host countries around the world.

The Colorado State University Peace Corps office is located in the Office of International Programs, second floor of Laurel Hall on the main campus, and can be reached at (970) 491-7706.

Contact: Emily Wilmsen
Phone: (970) 491-2336