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2/6/2013 10:12:00 AM
3 colleges in Illinois tops in Peace Corps volunteers

CHICAGO (AP) — Three Illinois colleges are among the top schools in the nation for sending volunteers to work with the Peace Corps.

The Peace Corps announced its annual rankings Tuesday.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign landed among the top volunteer producers for the 13th year in a row. The university has 54 graduates currently serving in the Peace Corps, ranking 23rd in the country. It’s the 7th highest ranked all-time, with 1,973 alums serving since 1961.

Loyola and Northwestern universities tied at number 18, with each having 23 alumni currently in the field.

There are more than 8,000 Peace Corps volunteers working in 76 host countries.

Graduating college students have until Feb. 28 to apply for remaining openings in 2013 and to be considered for 2014.

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