The University of Washington, University of Puget Sound and Gonzaga University sent more volunteers to the Peace Corps than any other schools of their size in 2015.
In the annual competition over which colleges send the most students to work in the Peace Corps, no state beats Washington.
The University of Washington sent more undergraduates to volunteer than any other large college or university, as 72 students volunteered for service overseas in 2015. That bested the University of Wisconsin-Madison (68 volunteers) and the University of Florida and University of Minnesota (which each sent 59).
Among small colleges and universities, those with fewer than 5,000 undergrads, the University of Puget Sound and Gonzaga University topped the list (with 18 volunteers each), and The Evergreen State College came in fourth, with 13. Gonzaga has been the top-ranked school in this category before, but this is the first time UPS has topped the list of small colleges; last year, it was third.
Western Washington University came in third among medium colleges and universities (those with 5,000 to 15,000 undergrads), with 41 volunteers. And among graduate school volunteers, the UW came in third, with 16 volunteers.
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The Peace Corps has been ranking schools by the number of volunteers for more than a decade, as a way to spur friendly competition among colleges and universities. Last year, the UW was the top large school in the nation, and it also ranked #1 in 2007, 2010 and 2012. Western has also led its respective field in previous years.