News Release: Student Life, Teaching

Aug. 15,  2011

Emory Remains Among Top Ten 'Teach for America' Contributors

Emory University students are well represented among the 2011 Teach for America corps.  Emory is 10th nationally among medium sized universities contributing the greatest number of recent graduates. For the past four years, Emory has ranked among the top contributing colleges and universities of its size.

Emory University 2011 graduate Pierce Hand is one of 5,300 top recent college graduates joining Teach For America this year. Video by Teach For America.

Nearly 11 percent of Emory’s graduating seniors applied to Teach For America this year, and 37 of them will now be teaching in urban and rural schools across the country. Throughout Teach For America’s 20-year history, more than 280 Emory alumni have taught as corps members.

The Teach for America cohort is among the 83 percent of the Emory College of Arts and Sciences’ Class of 2011 who reported they had definitive post-graduation plans in place, with either a job or acceptance to a graduate or professional school program in hand when they graduated last May. Ninety-five percent of seniors provided information about their plans.

Teach For America corps members are top college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in underserved schools and become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity. 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.

Admission to Teach For America this year was more selective than in previous years, with a record 48,000 individuals applying to join and an 11 percent acceptance rate.

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