The University of Texas at Austin Ranks Second in Nation with Graduates Accepted for Teach for America Program

June 29, 2009

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin ranks second in the nation's top 20 large-sized colleges and universities contributing graduating seniors to Teach for America's 2009 corps.

This fall, 71 graduates from The University of Texas at Austin will begin teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country through the Teach for America program. The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor ranked first in the large-sized institutions category with 80 graduates participating. Other high-ranking universities included Cornell University, third with 66 graduates, University of California-Berkeley, fourth with 62, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, fifth with 56.

Teach for America is the national corps of recent college graduates who commit to teach for at least two years in urban and rural public schools. During the 2008-09 academic year, Teach for America received a record 35,000 applications from graduating seniors, postgraduates and professionals. About 4,100 new corps members will start this fall teaching in schools across the country.

A spokesman for Teach for America said the 2009 corps earned an average grade-point average of 3.6 and a combined SAT score of 1333, and 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates. Admission to the teacher corps was even more selective than in previous years. At more than 130 colleges and universities, more than 5 percent of the senior class applied, including 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities. Nearly 4 percent of seniors from The University of Texas at Austin applied.

For more information, contact: Robert D. Meckel, Office of the President, 512 475 7847.

5 Comments to "The University of Texas at Austin Ranks Second in Nation with Graduates Accepted for Teach for America Program"

1.  Betty Taylor Cox said on July 2, 2009

These Teach for America grads have made me proud! It's wonderful to think that years after the Peace Corps began to send some of our best to the remote corners of the world, that spirit is still here.

2.  Jimmy Conner said on July 2, 2009

I am curious. Are these graduates required to take education courses or obtain teaching certificates?

3.  Rebecca Silverblatt said on July 7, 2009

In answer to Jimmy's question: Yes. While they are not required to have taken education courses during undergraduate studies (and most have not), they do take classes and earn their teaching certificates during their time in the corps. Some also receive master's degrees in education (depending on the region in which they are placed and their own preferences). They also go through an intensive summer training program before entering the classroom in the fall.

4.  Denise said on July 8, 2009

My daughter is in the New York City 2008 Corps, and my admiration for all these young people is tremendous! They have their work cut out for them, but they will make a difference in many young students' lives and their own! Best wishes to all!

5.  Erin Teater said on Nov. 17, 2009

These are only stats from the first application deadline of four. I hope this will encourage even more seniors to apply! The next application deadline is Jan. 8!