TACOMA, Wash. – University of Puget Sound has been named one of the top colleges and universities contributing to Teach For America’s teaching corps this year. Each year Teach For America selects a limited number of outstanding graduates to join its ranks to teach in urban and rural schools. The organization reports that Puget Sound contributed 13 members of the corps in 2011. Members include graduating seniors, graduate students, and alumni of all programs.
That places Puget Sound in a tied 17th position among “small schools,” in a list that includes other highly-regarded institutions such as Spelman College, Wellesley College, Amherst College, Trinity College, DePauw University, and Wesleyan University.
Teach For America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in schools that can use the additional talent and resources. In all, more than 2,300 graduating seniors across the country joined the corps in 2011.
The organization said that this year was even more selective than in previous years, with a record 48,000 individuals applying to join and an 11 percent acceptance rate. Incoming corps members earned an average GPA of 3.6, and 100 percent have held leadership positions. Twenty-two percent are the first in their family to graduate from college, and more than one-third are individuals of color, including 12 percent who are African American and 8 percent who are Hispanic.
Career and Employment Services at University of Puget Sound says seniors applying for Teach For America come from disciplines across the board, including business and leadership, economics, communication studies, African American studies, mathematics and computer science, English, politics and government, and other departments.
This fall 9,300 corps members will be teaching across the country, while nearly 24,000 Teach For America alumni continue working inside and outside the field of education seeking the changes needed to ensure all students can achieve an excellent education. Teach For America has been releasing a list of top contributing colleges since 2008.
For the full list of 2011 top contributing colleges click here.
To read about the experiences of Ross Heyman ’09, who joined the corps click here.
For a description of how Puget Sound students can join Teach For America click here.
Photos on page: Ross Heyman '09 teaches at a school in Tulsa, Okla. for Teach For America.
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