Cornell ranked third in number of graduates joining Teach for America

Among large universities, Cornell has the third-highest number of recent graduates joining Teach for America this fall, according to the organization.

This September, 66 members of Cornell's Class of 2009 will begin teaching in urban and rural schools across the country for Teach for America. Founded in 1990, Teach for America is a national corps of recent college graduates and professionals who commit two years to teaching in public schools. The organization reported that Cornell is sending the third-highest number of recent graduates to the 2009-10 corps among large schools, which it defines as 10,000 or more undergraduates.

Admission to the teacher corps for 2009-10 was even more selective than in previous years, with a record 35,000 applications, according to the organization.

At about 130 colleges and universities, more than 5 percent of the senior classes applied, including 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities. This fall, 4,100 recent college graduates -- the largest corps in the organization's history -- will embark on their classroom commitments. Participants come from more than 550 colleges and universities, and 85 percent are graduated seniors.

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