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Pomona College Ranked #11 in Graduating Seniors Joining Teach for America in 2011

Teach for America, which recruits top college graduates and professionals to commit to teach for two years in underserved schools, released its fourth annual list of the top 20 small colleges contributing the greatest number of graduates to its teaching corps, with Pomona College ranked eleventh.

Nearly 14 percent of Pomona’s graduating seniors applied to Teach for America this year, and 14 of those applicants joined the program. Pomona’s ranking tied with Colorado College, Morehouse College and Mount Holyoke College.

Throughout Teach for America’s 20-year history, more than 110 Pomona alumni have taught as corps members. Pomona debuted on the list at 9th in 2009. Admission to Teach for America 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.

Teach for America recruits on more than 1,500 college campuses, seeking seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated achievement, perseverance and leadership. This fall, 9,300 corps members will be teaching in 43 regions across the country.