JONESBORO – For the seventh straight time, Arkansas State University is named to the coveted Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings. The rankings in the Military Times’ annual survey indicate the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. A-State has appeared on the rankings since the survey’s inaugural year.
“It is very exciting and rewarding to receive this recognition seven years in a row,” said Kathy Hogue, Veterans Administration university certifying official. “There are 400 students currently using the Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, along with the Beck PRIDE Center for America's Wounded Veterans. Arkansas State University makes every effort to ensure that all military personnel and dependents receive the best educational opportunities possible.”
“Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors which help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. Arkansas State is ranked 100 of the 175 represented colleges and universities.
“We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best colleges that really are setting the example,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions.
According to a Board of Trustees policy, A-State offers in-state tuition rates for active duty U.S. military personnel and their dependents, as well as veterans who are honorably discharged, regardless of the individual’s duty station or residence.
Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets rankings includes: colleges, career and technical colleges, business schools, franchises, employers, law enforcement and places to live.