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Fresh from college, Peace Corps volunteers scatter

Students at some of the largest and best-known universities in the US postpone their entry into their careers to serve two years overseas in the Peace Corps, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2011. The corps, however, draws its volunteers from schools of all sizes and keeps track of which ones send the most volunteers. Statistics are grouped according to school size: large (more than 15,000 undergraduates), medium (5,000 to 15,000), and small (fewer than 5,000). The colleges and universities that produced the most Peace Corps volunteers last year in each of the three categories, with the numbers from each school:

Large schools
University of Washington 113
University of Wisconsin (Madison) 99
University of Colorado at Boulder 94
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 81
Medium-size schools
University of Virginia 72
George Washington University 66
Western Washington University 53
Cornell 52

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Small schools
University of Chicago 34
Gonzaga University 32
Willamette University 27
University of Puget Sound 26

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