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U.S. News & World Report Names UE a “Best College for Veterans”

Posted: Thursday, November 21, 2013

The University of Evansville has received another national recognition for the impact it makes on the lives of military veterans. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UE #4 among Midwest regional universities in its inaugural “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings.

The new rankings, designed to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill, provide information on schools that offer benefits such as tuition and housing assistance to veterans and active service members. Overall, the rankings listed 234 schools in 10 categories.

“At the University of Evansville, we work hard to ensure that military students have the programs and services they need to succeed, both in college and in their future careers,” said Cherie Leonhardt, UE coordinator of veterans affairs. “We’re honored to receive another national recognition for this commitment.”

The U.S. News & World Report ranking comes a week after UE was named to Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges” list for the first time. UE was one of only 17 private colleges on that list of 86 four-year institutions. In September, UE was also named to Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools, which represents the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that are doing the most to recruit and support veterans and current service members.

All of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation, and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 Best Colleges list, released in September. To qualify for the new rankings, schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.

“While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News & World Report. “We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for, and completing a college degree.”

The full Best Colleges for Veterans rankings are available online.

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