Colorado State University has graduated its share of graduates in every area of study, but it recently attracted national recognition by ranking 15th among all universities and colleges for the number of alumni serving as Peace Corps volunteers.

The 2009 rankings were released this month by the organization.

Since the early 1960s, 59 CSU alumni have volunteered for the Peace Corps.

The university’s history with the Peace Corps can be traced to the organization’s beginnings. Colorado State researchers Pauline Birky-Kreutzer and Maury Albertson, answering President John F. Kennedy’s call to service, published  one of the original feasibility studies during 1961 that led to the creation of the Peace Corps.

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In addition to traditional Peace Corps service, Colorado State offers Peace Corps master’s degree programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences, Warner College of Natural Resources, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, and Department of English.

Currently, there are 7,671 Peace Corps volunteers serving in 67 host countries around the world.