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Nearly 1,200 alumni from SDSU have served in the Peace Corps. Nearly 1,200 alumni from SDSU have served in the Peace Corps.

Serving Worldwide

SDSU is recognized by the Peace Corps as a Top Volunteer-Producing University.
By SDSU News Team

The Peace Corps recently announced that San Diego State University ranks No. 24 among large schools on the agency’s 2016 Top Volunteer-Producing Colleges and Universities list. There are 32 Aztec alumni currently volunteering worldwide.

“The Peace Corps is a unique opportunity for college graduates to put their education into practice and become agents of change in communities around the world,” said Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet. “Today’s graduates understand the importance of intercultural understanding and are raising their hands in record numbers to take on the challenge of international service."

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body.

Alumni from more than 3,000 colleges and universities nationwide have served in the Peace Corps since the agency’s founding in 1961, including 1,195 alumni from SDSU. Aztec alumni hold the No. 28 spot for all-time highest volunteer-producing schools. The school is also currently ranked No. 5 among the top Hispanic-Serving Institutions for the Peace Corps.

Global citizens

“In college I had always wanted to ‘grow up’ to make a difference and even explored many different avenues of volunteerism, including trying to start my own non-profit in San Diego, but it wasn’t until I took a volunteering job in India that I realized my continuing desire for foreign service,” said Jaclyn Stecker, SDSU alumna who serves as a Teaching English as a Foreign Language  volunteer in Costa Rica.

“The Peace Corps offered a more stable and structured, long-term opportunity for the types of changes I longed to make in this world.”

This year’s rankings follow a 40-year high in applications for the Peace Corps in 2015.  This record-breaking number of applicants comes after the first full year that the agency’s historic application and recruitment reforms have been in place.

Get involved

Peace Corps information sessions will be held at SDSU throughout the spring semester.