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ASU Again Named a ‘Best College’ for Military & Veteran Students

November 20, 2017

For the fifth straight year, Angelo State University has been named one of the nation’s best colleges for military and veteran students by the Military Times organization in its “Military Times Best: Colleges 2018” rankings, formerly known as “Best for Vets: Colleges.”

Military Times Best Colleges 2018 BadgeASU ranked No. 52 nationally among the 140 four-year institutions on the list and is one of only seven Texas public four-year schools to earn the “Military Times Best: Colleges” designation. The Military Times includes the Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times newspapers, their corresponding websites and several other military-themed publications. Its “Best Colleges” rankings are based on comprehensive school-by-school survey analysis of college and university offerings for veteran and military students and their families. More than 600 colleges and universities took part in this year’s survey, with only 218 making the rankings list. 

“Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year; only the best made the cut,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. “For the past eight years, we’ve seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts.” 

The Military Times’ annual “Best 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, as well as to describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus. Also factored in is data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense, as well as three Department of Education sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. 

Susan WilliamsSusan WilliamsSusan Williams, ASU director of affiliated military and veteran services, said, “We are very happy to once again receive this recognition from the Military Times, and we appreciate the magnificent support our service member students receive across the campus and in the community.” 

ASU’s Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center provides enrollment and academic support for military and veteran students, as well as special programs, networking opportunities, social and study areas, and a dedicated computer lab. The Office of Affiliated Military and Veteran Services was created in 2015 to further coordinate the efforts of the VETS Center and other faculty and staff who deal directly with ASU military and veteran students and their families. More information on ASU’s veteran and military programs is available online at www.angelo.edu/dept/veterans

The “Military Times Best: Colleges” rankings are published in this week’s issues of the Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, on their corresponding websites and on MilitaryTimes.com.