Best for Vets: Colleges 2015
Online & nontraditional schools
These schools told us more than half of their classes are online-only or that most of their students don't attend classes at a central campus or a few regional campuses. [5]

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2014 enrollment
Post-9/11
GI Bill
Rank
School
Headquarters or main campus
Type
Total
Military
Veterans office
Accepts ACE credits
At or below
TA cap
At or below limits
Yellow Ribbon
Staff support
Academic support
Extra- curriculars
Accrededation
Student-faculty ratio
Graduation rate (transfer rate)
Default rate
1 University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. Public 92,830 [3] 39,946 [3]
Undergrad. [2] MSCHE [R] 17:1 3% (25%) 9%
2 ECPI University Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 10,845 3,533
Undergrad. SACS [R] 21:1 37% 12%
3 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public 49,997 [3] 27,584 [3]
All SACS [R] 20:1 14% (10%) 21%
4 Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private 31,376 [3] 7,638 [3]
Undergrad. [2] HLC [R] 35:1 41% 13%
5 Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. Private 8,587 2,314
n/a HLC [R] 33:1 39% (28%) 5%
6 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private 77,338 13,017
All SACS [R] 18:1 50% (2%) 8%
7 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private 11,013 6,064
Undergrad.
n/a HLC [R] 12:1 43% 10%
8 American Public University System / American Military University Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit 116,779 [3] 64,030 [3]
Undergrad.
n/a HLC [R] 21:1 42% 13%
9 Clayton State University[5] Morrow, Ga. Public 7,261 395
All SACS [R] 18:1 27% (25%) 9%
10 Davenport University Grand Rapids, Mich. Private 10,221 451
Undergrad. [2] HLC [R] 17:1 39% 12%
11 Post University Waterbury, Conn. For-profit 14,614 [3] 3,888 [3]
Undergrad.
n/a NEASC [R] 23:1 36% 14%
12 SUNY Empire State College Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Public 19,791 [3] 1,602 [3]
Undergrad.
n/a MSCHE [R] 14:1 24% (14%) 9%
13 Penn State World Campus University Park, Pa. Public 9,541 1,554
n/a MSCHE [R] 13:1 no data 8%
14 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private 37,491 14,091
All
n/a MSCHE [R] 18:1 no data 4%
15 DeVry University Chicago For-profit 114,537 [3] 17,557 [3]
Undergrad. HLC [R] 15:1 26% 19%
16 Grand Canyon University Phoenix For-profit 55,497 1,102
Undergrad. HLC [R] 21:1 30% 16%
17 Southwestern College Professional Studies Wichita, Kan. Private 2,647 1,631
Undergrad. HLC [R] 8:1 53% 7%
18 Grantham University Lenexa, Kan. For-profit 17,175 [3] 15,933 [3]
All [2] DETC 15:1 no data 0%
19 Kaplan University Online Davenport, Iowa For-profit 52,399 9,251
Undergrad.
n/a HLC [R] 19:1 20% 20%
20 National University La Jolla, Calif. Private 30,167 [3] 7,709 [3]
WASC [R] 22:1 31% 7%
1 Count based on students using Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department benefits.
2 Military students not charged above TA cap, but non-military may be.
3 Unduplicated, 12-month headcount for 2013-14, instead of fall 2013 enrollment.
4 Estimated enrollment from Education.
5 The survey response from Georgia Perimeter College, which is No. 58 on our 4-year schools list, indicated that the college offered bachelor’s degrees, and it was categorized as a 4-year school. The school later told us it does not offer any 4-year degrees, which would have placed it on this list.