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Best Colleges for Veterans

U.S. News and Word Report is known for its annual “Best Colleges” lists. For the second year running, the publication released its “Best Colleges for Veterans” list. The list features 69 national universities, 7 liberal arts colleges and various regional schools. In total, 311 schools made the list across a variety of categories.

To be considered for the list, a school must:

  • Be a member of the member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium
  • Be certified for the GI Bill
  • Either participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program or be a public institution that charges in-state tuition, which can be fully covered by the GI Bill, to any veterans applying from out of state

The overall national rankings for this list are based on U.S. News “2015 Best Colleges” list. Schools that meet the above criteria are then ranked ranked numerically and in descending order based on their position in the “2015 Best Colleges” list. This, however, doesn’t give a detailed look at schools who offer veteran-specific programs like Syracuse’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. However, it does provide a solid starting point for veterans looking to earn an undergraduate or advanced degree.

The top 10 national schools on U.S. News’ “Best Colleges for Veterans” list are:

  1. Georgetown University
  2. Pennsylvania State University (University Park)
  3. University of Washington (Seattle)
  4. University of Texas (Austin)
  5. Ohio State University (Columbus)
  6. Tulane University
  7. Syracuse University
  8. Purdue University (West Lafayette)
  9. Texas A&M University (College Station)
  10. University of Iowa

To see the full rankings, look through the list online.