MONTPELIER, VT. >> Three Vermont colleges and universities and one each from New Hampshire and Maine are among the schools that are sending the most graduates on to the Peace Corps.

In figures released Thursday, the Peace Corps says the University of Vermont ranked sixth in the nation among medium sized schools while Middlebury College ranked sixth in its category and Saint Michael's College in Colchester ranked 11th, up from 20th last year.

Vermont is the top ranked state in the per capita production of Peace Corps volunteers.

Maine's Bowdoin College ranked 14th in its size category while the University of New Hampshire ranked 13th.

The Peace Corps sends Americans to dozens of countries across the world to work in international development projects.