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ASU Ranked Among Top ‘Best for Vets’ Colleges in the U.S.

November 01, 2018

For the sixth 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 “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019” rankings.

Military Times "Best for Vets Colleges 2019" BadgeASU ranked No. 16 nationally among the 137 four-year institutions on the list and ranked second among the eight Texas public four-year schools to earn the “Best for Vets: 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 for Vets: 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 500 colleges, universities and trade schools took part in this year’s survey, with only 208 making the rankings list.

ASU VETS Center Logo“The Military Times ‘Best for Vets’ designation is trusted throughout the veteran community as the mark of excellence for schools and other organizations that work with veterans, service members and military families,” said George Altman, Military Times editor. “It can’t be bought with advertising dollars – unlike some other supposedly veteran-friendly rankings – only earned through a record of steadfast service and dedication to those who have served. Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves ‘Best for Vets’ in 2019. Their efforts should be commended.”

The Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a wide array of services, special policies, 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 Williams“We are both thrilled and humbled with this latest award, as it truly cannot be bought,” said Susan Williams, ASU director of affiliated military and veteran services. “Rather, it reflects a collaborative effort from our university president and vice presidents throughout all levels of our campus. It is our greatest honor to ‘serve those who have served,’ and we always strive to do the best job possible.”

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.

The “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings are published in the Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, as well as on Military Times’ new website, https://rebootcamp.militarytimes.com.