The University of Texas at Austin Contributes Largest Number of Students to Teach For America

The University of Texas at Austin ranks No. 1 among large schools for contributing the largest number of students to Teach For America, a national program in which recent college graduates teach for two years in urban and rural public schools.

Eighty graduating seniors were accepted into the teaching corps for this fall.

During the 2009-10 academic year, Teach For America received a record 46,000 applications from graduating seniors, graduate students and professionals. About 12 percent of those applicants were accepted into the program. Six percent of the university's senior class applied to the corps.

Teach For America first introduced its top contributors list in 2008. For the past three years The University of Texas at Austin has ranked among the top five universities of its size, ranking fifth in 2008 and second in 2009.

See the list of top colleges and universities contributing to Teach For America's teaching corps (PDF).

This fall, more than 8,200 Teach For America corps members will be teaching in 39 regions across the country while 20,000 Teach For America alumni continue working from inside and outside the field of education for fundamental changes necessary to ensure educational excellence and equity. For more information, visit