Strong Bowdoin Presence in Teach for America's 2009 Teaching Corps

Story posted July 02, 2009

Bowdoin is ranked among the top 20 small-sized colleges and universities contributing graduating seniors to Teach for America's 2009 corps.

This fall, 10 members of the Class of 2009 will begin teaching in urban and rural public schools across the country.

According to this year's senior survey, completed by members of the Class of 2009 during senior week and compiled by Bowdoin Career Planning, Teach for America is the top employer of Bowdoin's newest graduates.

Teach for America says admission to the teacher corps was even more selective than in previous years, with a record 35,000 individuals applying to join.

At more than 130 colleges and universities, more than five percent of the senior class applied, including 13 percent of Bowdoin seniors and 11 percent of all seniors at Ivy League universities.

"Due to the enormous number of diverse and highly qualified candidates, we were able to increase both the size and strength of the incoming corps," said Lorraine Anderson, Teach for America's managing director of regional communications.

"This fall, 4,100 outstanding recent college graduates, the largest national corps in the organization's history, will embark on their classroom commitments and go on to become lifelong leaders in the pursuit of educational equity."

The 2009 corps earned an average GPA of 3.6 and a combined SAT score of 1333; 89 percent held leadership positions as undergraduates. Almost one-third of incoming corps members are people of color, and one-quarter received Pell Grants.

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