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Illinois reputation influences Peace Corps ranking

The following excerpt comes from The Daily Illini in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and was originally published on February 1, 2012.

The University continues to have a strong international volunteer presence, ranking in the Peace Corps top 25 universities who produce volunteering alumni for the 12th year in a row.

Currently, the University is ranked 20th with a total of 65 alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers. Since the volunteer service was established in 1961, almost 2,000 University alumni have served, the seventh highest University since the Peace Corps started keeping alumni statistics twelve years ago.

Even before we officially started doing these rankings, the Peace Corps office here in Chicago has been recruiting strongly at the University of Illinois for a number of reasons, said Christine Torres, Peace Corps spokeswoman.

The University has one of the best reputations in the world for education, and we want to be recruiting the best applicants to represent America overseas.

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