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It seems like we see a new ranking of colleges every day of the week. Criteria range from academics and average postgraduate salary to “party school” reputation and Greek life. This year, U.S. News has released a new set of rankings for the first time. Using only schools numerically ranked in the 2014 edition of their “Best Colleges” edition, they have come up with a list of which schools are best for service members with their new “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings.
Considering the length of the conflict our nation as been in, it makes sense that this ranking now exists. We have more and more veterans than in recent years, and many of them are seeking to further their educations when they leave the armed services. Personally, I really like that this ranking exists. It never hurts to bring issues like veterans’ education and affairs into the public eye.
As I said earlier, the rankings are based off the overall “Best Colleges” list. However, other factors are involved. Schools had to meet several criteria in order to be ranked:
– Must be certified for the GI Bill
– Must take part in the Yellow Ribbon Program
– Must be a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.
Those schools that met these criteria were then re-ranked numerically. Here are the top ten national universities:
1. Pennsylvania State University – University Park
2. Tulane University
3. University of Texas – Austin
4. Syracuse University
5. Texas A&M – College Station
7. University of Iowa
7. Indiana University – Bloomington
7. Miami University – Oxford
10. University of Vermont
See your school up there? If not, don’t worry. These days, most colleges and universities are taking great measures to become more veteran-friendly. Shout out to the Big Ten for having three schools in the top ten. Additionally, University of Nebraska – Lincoln isn’t too far behind at number 15.
Interestingly, I noticed a bit of a trend. Do these top ten schools look familiar? Not only are they ranked high on the “Best Colleges” list, but many of them feature prominently in party school rankings from various sources. If you went through what many of these veterans have, don’t you think you’d want to kick back and have a good time, too?
[via US News]