Tacoma is the only city on the West Coast this year with two universities ranked in the top ten for producing students who go on to serve in the Peace Corps. The rankings are updated every year, and 2019’s results place Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Puget Sound in the fifth and sixth places for Peace Corps producing universities under 5,000 students.
“We have seen time and again that the colleges and universities that produce the most Peace Corps volunteers focus on cultivating global citizens in addition to promoting scholarship,” Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen said in a statement. “I am proud that so many graduates of these esteemed institutions leverage their educations to make the world a better place. They bring critical skills to communities around the world and gain hands-on, life-changing experience along the way.”
Pacific Lutheran University jumped from spot No. 22 to spot No. 5 this year. The university has 14 Lutes volunteering with the Peace Corps around the world, and the University of Puget Sound has 13. Faculty members from both institutions credit each school’s commitment to global studies and public service for their high numbers of volunteers.