Peace Corps Announces 2018 Top Volunteer-Producing Minority Serving Institutions

WASHINGTON – Today, for the first time in its 57-year history, the Peace Corps recognizes top volunteer-producing Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The University of Maryland – College Park, Howard University, and Spelman College claim the number one spots for large, medium and small schools respectively.

“Minority Serving Institutions cultivate the leaders of tomorrow and nurture the diversity that shapes our national character,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “The Peace Corps is committed to building a volunteer force that truly represents our diverse nation and is proud to recognize the colleges and universities that foster a spirit of service in their student bodies.”

Peace Corps has announced top volunteer-producing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) since 2012. The agency has expanded this year’s rankings, however, to include all Department of Education MSI classifications. Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISI); Alaska Native Serving Institutions or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (AANH); and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI) all made Peace Corps’ 2018 list.

California AANAPISI and HSI schools dominated each category with ten schools in the rankings. Among large schools, California State University – Fullerton secured the number two ranking, San Diego State University the number three ranking, and University of California – Riverside the number five ranking. Maryland, Florida and Georgia schools also made a strong showing with three or more schools from each state making the rankings.

HBCUs and PBIs held numerous spots on the small college list with Morehouse College at number three; University of Baltimore, Central State University and Albany State University tied at number four; and Virginia State University, Dillard University, Alabama State University, Coppin State University, and Washington Adventist University all holding the number five spot.

Over 30 percent of Peace Corps volunteers self-report as racially or ethnically diverse, following the agency’s efforts to expand outreach to diverse communities across the United States, including increased engagement on MSI campuses. Recruiting and supporting a volunteer corps that represents the rich diversity of America remains a top priority as the Peace Corps seeks to bring unique cross-cultural perspectives to communities around the world.

Large Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

More than 15,000 Undergraduates

1.    University of Maryland – College Park (AANAPISI) – 49

2.    California State University – Fullerton (AANAPISI and HSI) – 28

3.    San Diego State University (HSI) – 27

4.    Florida International University (HSI) – 23

5.    University of California – Riverside (AANAPISI and HSI) – 22

Medium Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Between 5,000 and 15,000 undergraduates

1.    Howard University (HBCU) – 19

2.    University of Hawaii – Manoa (AANAPISI and AANH) – 14

2.    University of San Francisco (AANAPISI) – 14

3.    California State University – Channel Islands (HSI) – 11

4.    New Mexico State University – Las Cruces (HSI) – 10

5.    City College of New York (AANAPISI and HSI) – 9

5.    Florida A&M University (HBCU) – 9

Small Colleges & Universities – Total Volunteers:

Fewer than 5,000 undergraduates

1.    Spelman College (HBCU) – 14

2.    Whittier College (AANAPISI and HSI) – 5

2.    Pacific University (AANAPISI) – 5

3.    University of the Pacific (AANAPISI) – 4

3.    Morehouse College (HBCU) – 4

4.    St. Catherine University (AANAPISI) – 3

4.    Colorado State University – Pueblo (HSI) – 3

4.    University of La Verne (HSI) – 3

4.    University of Baltimore (PBI) – 3

4.    Central State University (HBCU) – 3

4.    Albany State University (HBCU) – 3

5.    St. Peters University (HSI) – 2

5.    Virginia State University (HBCU) – 2

5.    Barry University (HSI) – 2

5.    Dillard University (HBCU) – 2

5.    Alabama State University (HBCU) – 2

5.    Chaminade University (AANAPISI) – 2

5.    Fresno Pacific University (HSI) – 2

5.    Coppin State University (HBCU) – 2

5.    Mount St. Mary's College – Chalon (AANAPISI and HSI) – 2

5.    Washington Adventist University (PBI) – 2

 *Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2017 data as of September 30, 2017, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers. MSI designations as listed by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System for FY 2016.

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About the Peace Corps: The Peace Corps sends Americans with a passion for service abroad on behalf of the United States to work with communities and create lasting change. Volunteers develop sustainable solutions to address challenges in education, health, community economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a life-long commitment to service that positions them to succeed in today's global economy. Since President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961, more than 230,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide.

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