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UW-Madison 8th in number of Peace Corps volunteers


MADISON (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin-Madison remains one of the most prolific colleges in terms of sending students and alumni on to the Peace Corps.

The university says it has 91 undergraduate alumni and 13 graduate alumni currently serving as Peace Corps volunteers. That ranks the school eighth on the Peace Corps' list of large schools producing volunteers.

UW-Madison says it has ranked among the Peace Corps' top 10 schools since the ranking system began in 2001.

Peace Corps volunteers serve two-year stints in developing countries around the world.

In the last 50 years, nearly 3,000 UW-Madison alumni have served. That's second only to the University of California at Berkeley.

One reason UW-Madison has so many volunteers is that it allows students to combine Peace Corps service with graduate studies for credit.

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