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UNC ranks fourth among large colleges and universities contributing the greatest number of graduating seniors to Teach For America, according to the organization’s annual ranking of schools released Aug. 2.

Carolina made its debut at eighth on the top contributors list in 2008 and has risen steadily since then. This year, UNC contributed 80 graduates to the incoming corps. Nearly 8 percent of UNC’s senior class applied to Teach For America. Throughout Teach For America’s 20-year history, more than 540 UNC alumni have taught as corps members.

Teach For America is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity. Teach For America recruits individuals from all academic majors and backgrounds who have demonstrated outstanding achievement, perseverance, and leadership.