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Middlebury College among Peace Corps’ Top Volunteer-Producing Schools

March 26, 2019


(l to r) Sophie Kapica ’17 poses for a photo with Amanatou, her host family sister-in-law. Kapica is currently serving as an agroforestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal.

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Middlebury College is ranked 13th among small-size schools on the Peace Corps’ list of top volunteer-producing colleges and universities in 2019. There are 11 Middlebury alumni currently volunteering for the Peace Corps in countries around the world.

Middlebury returns to the list of top volunteer-producing colleges after a brief absence. In 2016, Middlebury ranked 6th among small-size schools. Since the Peace Corps’ founding in 1961, more than 500 alumni have served abroad as volunteers. Vermont ranks No. 2 among states with the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, with 43 volunteers currently serving worldwide.

“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,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “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.”

Sophie Kapica ’17 is currently serving as an agroforestry volunteer in Senegal. She credits the community service programs at Middlebury with inspiring and preparing her for her Peace Corps assignment. “By providing many opportunities for students to actively engage in both the Vermont and international communities, Middlebury prepared me for the Peace Corps,” said Kapica. “During my senior year, I led a trip to the Dominican Republic that focused on affordable housing. This was made possible through Middlebury’s Center for Community Engagement and was one of my greatest inspirations for joining the Peace Corps.” 

The Peace Corps ranks its top volunteer-producing colleges and universities annually according to the size of the student body. View the complete 2019 rankings of the top 25 schools in each category here and find an interactive map that shows where alumni from each college and university are serving here. 

*Rankings are calculated based on fiscal year 2018 data as of September 30, 2018, as self-reported by Peace Corps volunteers.

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, the environment, and youth development. Through their Peace Corps experience, volunteers gain a unique cultural understanding and a lifelong 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 235,000 Americans of all ages have served in 141 countries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow the Peace Corps on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.