Two Georgia colleges get high marks for serving others

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Two Georgia colleges get high marks for serving others

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The Peace Corps symbol. Agnes Scott College and Emory University both have a high percentage of students who’ve signed up for the Peace Corps, according to Washington Monthly’s annual rankings of the nation’s colleges and universities.

Two metro Atlanta schools earned high marks from a publication for the significant percentage of students working to help others.

Decatur-based Agnes Scott College was ranked sixth among the nation’s liberal arts colleges for service by Washington Monthly, which published its annual rankings of colleges and universities in several academic and extracurricular activities. Only 10 other liberal arts colleges on their list produce a higher percentage Peace Corps volunteers and Agnes Scott spends 30 percent of its work-study funding on service, the publication found.

Nearby Emory University ranked seventh in the nation among all institutions in the proportion of students joining the Peace Corps.

Stanford University topped the overall list, which was based on graduation rates, affordability, the percentage of first-generation students, research and service.  Georgia Tech was the highest-ranked college or university in the Peach State on the overall list, finishing 31st.

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