Howard University has retained its place as one of the nation’s leading producers of volunteers in the national Peace Corps program, leading all historically black colleges and universities for the sixth consecutive year.
With 18 graduates serving in more than 14 countries worldwide, Howard is categorized as one of the most prolific small or mid-sized institutions in signing up former students for service in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development.
This year’s list of the top five institutions includes:
1. Howard University: 18 currently serving volunteers
2. Spelman College: 11 currently serving volunteers
3. Florida A&M University: 7 currently serving volunteers
4. Hampton University: 4 currently serving volunteers
5. Central State University: 3 currently serving volunteers
5. Morehouse College: 3 currently serving volunteers
5. Prairie View A&M University: 3 currently serving volunteers
In a release, Howard graduates praised the university for spurring interest and access to service opportunities in foreign countries.
“Howard prepared me for my Peace Corps service by allowing me opportunities to travel to Ethiopia and China for free and having the chance to experience other cultures,” 2013 graduate Victoria Mann said. The 26-year-old, who is currently serving as an education volunteer in Mozambique, teaches English and leads English and science clubs, as well as a girls’ empowerment group.