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UMD Named Top 20 Teach for America Contributor

September 4, 2013

Alana Carchedi 301-405-0235

Teach for America LogoCOLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland has been recognized by Teach for America in its annual ranking of the colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to its 2013 teaching corps. In the sixth annual rankings, UMD is ranked in the top 20 for large colleges and universities.

UMD made its debut on the top contributors list in 2008. This year, the university comes in 14th place, contributing 42 graduates to the incoming corps. Approximately four percent of UMD's senior class applied to Teach For America's 2013 corps and throughout Teach For America's 23-year history, 334 UMD alumni have taught as corps members. 

"We are grateful to the outstanding colleges and universities that cultivate graduates with the leadership skills and deep commitment necessary to expand educational opportunities for students facing the challenges of poverty," said Elisa Villanueva Beard, co-chief executive officer of Teach For America, in a press release. "Our corps members bring a vast array of experiences and accomplishments to the classroom, and they are poised to make a meaningful impact in the high-need schools and communities where they will be teaching."

Teach For America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in expanding educational opportunity. Teach For America recruits on more than 850 college campuses, seeking seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated achievement, perseverance, leadership, commitment to educational equity, and a deep respect for diverse experiences and backgrounds.

The full list of top contributors is available here.