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Pomona Among Top Small Colleges Contributing Grads to Teach for America

Teach for America has released its annual ranking of the colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduates to its 2012 teaching corps. Pomona College was eighteenth among the top 20 small colleges, tying with Morehouse College.

Among small schools, Wellesley College provided the highest number of graduates, with 21 joining the corps. The University of California-Berkeley was the top contributor among large schools with 88 graduates, and Northwestern University leads medium-sized schools, contributing 63 graduates.

Ten percent of Pomona’s graduating seniors applied to Teach For America this year. Of those, 11 graduates joined the program. Throughout Teach For America’s 22-year history, 105 Pomona alumni have taught as corps members.

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 the pursuit of educational opportunity for all students. Teach For America recruits on more than 600 college campuses, seeking seniors and graduates from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated achievement, perseverance, and leadership.

This fall marks the first time more than 10,000 corps members will be teaching in high-need classrooms, representing a 10-percent increase over last year’s total corps size. The 5,800 first-year corps members earned an average GPA of 3.54 and represent more than 1,500 colleges and universities across the nation.