The Peace Corps announced Sept. 30 that Mercer University ranked No. 5 among more than 140 Peace Corps Prep schools on the agency’s list of top certificate-issuing institutions in 2020.

Mercer issued 28 certificates to seniors and juniors in 2020, tying the University for fifth place with Monmouth University in New Jersey. A total of 55 students were enrolled in the Peace Corps Prep program at Mercer 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 leadership. While having a Peace Corps Prep certificate does not guarantee acceptance into the Peace Corps, enrolling in the program helps students be more competitive.

Last year, a record six Mercer students received Peace Corps placements.

Established in 2007, the prep program aims to meet the demand for Peace Corps Volunteers with broad and relevant areas of expertise and to support schools’ efforts to provide substantive, globally focused experiences for their students.

The program centers on empowering students to prepare themselves to be the best Peace Corps Volunteer they can be and provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to globalize their campuses through a partnership with the Peace Corps. This diversity-focused program enhances students’ undergraduate experience by preparing them for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service.

Continue reading about Mercer’s Peace Corps Prep program at news.mercer.edu.

Kyle Sears
Kyle is the director of media relations at Mercer. In addition to being the primary media contact for most academic and administrative units of the university, he coordinates hometown and university news releases and serves as editor of the News@Mercer e-newsletter and Reach magazine.​