With 179 alumni having served in the Peace Corps since its inception in 1961, the University Central Florida is ranked No. 7 on the Peace Corps’ Southeast Region ranking of Top Twenty-Five Colleges and Universities producing Peace Corps Volunteers.

Twenty-eight UCF alumni are currently serving overseas.

The list ranks 250 undergraduate schools throughout the six state region, including Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississippi, Alabama, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

UCF also ranks third among all schools in Florida. The top ranked regional school is the University of Florida, with 97 alumni currently serving.

About the Peace Corps: President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps on March 1, 1961, by executive order. Throughout 2011, Peace Corps is commemorating 50 years of promoting peace and friendship around the world. Historically, more than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Peace Corps volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.