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September 13, 2011 / compassioninpolitics

Top Colleges and Universities for Volunteering and Community Service

1. University of California at San Diego
2. University of California at Los Angeles
3. University of California at Berkeley
4. Stanford University (California)
5. University of California at Riverside
6. Harvard University (Massachusetts)
7. Case Western Reserve (Ohio)
8. University of California at Davis
9. Jackson State University (Mississippi) (????????)
10. University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
11. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Massachusetts)
12. University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
13. University of California–Santa Barbara
14. Syracuse University (Syracuse, New York)
15. Texas A & M at College Station
16. Notre Dame (South Bend, Indiana)
17. Cornell University (Ithaca, New York)
18. South Carolina State University (SC) (????????)
19. University of Texas at Austin
20. Johns Hopkins (Maryland)
21. University of Pennsylvania

You can find the full Washington Monthly schools ranking which is has a component devoted to Service (I believe a third), so its worth checking out. If I were to use this as an aspiring social entrepreneur….I would use it in addition to the other rankings which are available here on Compassion in Politics–using either programs which I could tell had amazing programs, participation levels, amazing teachers, and amazing experiences for students which propelled them into great jobs and equipped them with the necessary skills for making change. You might also check out this…..I pressed the sort by service……and this is what it spit out.

Additional Service Learning Resources:

Finally, if all those rankings….combined with your own research isn’t enough….or you would like to simplify the process a bit (in terms of research), you might check out the the peace corps ranking of universities or the guide to service learning (the guide is available on Amazon):

This guide is for college-bound students interested in making a difference in their communities and gaining valuable hands-on experience while earning college credit. All institutions chosen for the guide excel at providing students genuine service-learning experiences and programs. The guide contains a complete explanation of service-learning using licensed information from the National Service-Learning Clearinghouse, colorful articles from colleges and universities around the country, and exciting examples of how students from New York to Los Angeles and everywhere in between are becoming involved. Also included is a directory of all selected schools, admissions and service-learning contact information, easy-to-read college profiles, college fast facts, and course spotlights highlighting specific academic courses. Everything students need to know about what service-learning is, how they can get involved, and which colleges excel at service-learning is found in this comprehensive student-friendly guidebook.

Although, to be fair, a quick email to your top 15 to 20 choices would likely yield information back about the programs your prospective school has available.

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