ISU's Peace Corps Program Garners Top 10 Ranking

Published 05/07 2014 05:09PM

Updated 05/07 2014 06:31PM

NORMAL - Illinois State University is taking home an honor for one of its graduate service programs.

The school's Peace Corps program ranked ninth nationwide for its master's international program.

Each fall, 30 students join it, with disciplines in political science, economics, and sociology. The school also finished in the top ten in 2011 and 2013. University officials say they'd like to add opportunities for undergrads and move up the rankings.

"As we're able to branch out and build more partnerships, we're able to attract students that are interested in more disciplines. I think that is possible down the line. We just love the students who come here and this program attracts really talented people from all over the country,” said Beverly Beyer, associate director for the Stevenson Center.

"We have stories from the field coming in and being taught simultaneously with our subjects and with our community development curriculum. So, it's really, really great,” said grad student Rachelle Wilson.

More than 300 ISU grad students are currently serving in the Peace Corps.

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