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Nov 24, 2020

Monmouth University Ranks Among 2020 Top Ten Peace Corps Prep Institutions

The Peace Corps announced that Monmouth University ranked No. 5 among Peace Corps Prep schools on the agency’s list of top certificate-issuing institutions in 2020. Monmouth issued 28 Prep certificates to the graduating class of 2020, tying it in fifth place with Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. There were 433 enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep program at Monmouth during the 2019–20 academic year.

Peace Corps Prep is a certificate program that teaches students sector-specific skills, foreign language proficiency, intercultural competence and professional experience and leadership. While having a Peace Corps Prep certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps, enrolling in the program will help students be more competitive.

“Partner institutions that provide Peace Corps Prep programs are an invaluable asset, because they help potential Volunteers attain education and training that makes them more competitive candidates,” said Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen. “Prep-certified volunteers often arrive in their communities possessing valuable leadership skills and intercultural savvy—necessary building blocks to achieving lasting impact. We applaud partners for their dynamic role in our volunteers’ success.”

There are more than 140 Peace Corps Prep partner institutions across the country. Established in 2007, the program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps Volunteers with a broad and relevant areas of expertise and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students.

The top 2019–20 Peace Corps Prep certificate-issuing institutions are:

  1. Virginia Commonwealth University, 81 certificates issued
  2. University of South Florida, 49
  3. University of Florida, 35
  4. Pacific Lutheran University, 34
  5. Mercer University, 28 (tied)
  6. Monmouth University, 28 (tied)
  7. SUNY – University at Albany, 22
  8. University of South Carolina, 19
  9. University of Georgia, 18
  10. University of Vermont, 17

Interested students can find additional information about the Peace Corps Prep program at Monmouth University by contacting the program’s coordinators specialist professor Frank Cipriani at and Deborah Rothermund at

“The real strength of our program comes from our contact with MU alumni who are Peace Corps Volunteers and Coverdell Fellows,” said Cipriani. “For instance, last year, we were able to send students to visit Monmouth alumni serving in Morocco and Ethiopia. We owe a great debt to our Coverdell Fellow, Leila Ali, an MU graduate who came back to our graduate program and helped recruit a record number of students. Monmouth University is New Jersey’s Peace Corps Prep university, and we could not be prouder of our Peace Hawks!”