Best for Vets: Colleges 2017

4-Year Schools

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Rank Institution Headquarters Type Overall Military Vet center Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged at or below limits Yellow Ribbon Charged at or below TA cap Staff support Extracurriculars Accreditation Student-faculty ratio Money per student on instruction Overall Military Overall Military Default rate
1 University of South Florida Tampa, Fla. Public 48,793 1,588
Undergraduate SACS [R] 19:1 $6,830 86% (62%) 83% 50% (8%) 68% 5%
2 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, N.J. Public 67,556 1,192
n/a MSCHE [R] 13:1 $15,402 91% (60%) 83% 67% (19%) 52% 3%
3 Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y. Private 21,789 464
Undergraduate MSCHE [R] 16:1 $15,192 92% (64%) 95% (60%) 80% 67% 3%
4 Armstrong State University Savannah, Ga. Public 7,103 384
All SACS [R] 17:1 $6,105 70% (54%) 70% (66%) 30% (22%) 49% 7%
5 D'Youville College Buffalo, N.Y. Private 2,909 232
MSCHE [R] 9:1 $9,847 78% 97% 44% 95% 5%
6 Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colo. Public 35,263 1 1,453 1
HLC [R] 16:1 $10,857 85% (71%) 86% (69%) 65% (10%) 66% 2%
7 Georgia State University Atlanta Public 53,919 1,720
Undergraduate 2 SACS [R] 21:1 $7,241 81% (57%) 82% (83%) 53% (17%) 55% 9%
8 South Dakota State University Brookings, S.D. Public 12,589 273
n/a All HLC [R] 17:1 $7,951 77% (45%) no data 57% 36% 4%
9 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, Neb. Public 15,526 890
All HLC [R] 16:1 $8,428 77% (45%) 72% (33%) 45% (31%) 49% 6%
10 The University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Public 27,259 508
HLC [R] 17:1 $17,259 80% (72%) 75% 60% (33%) no data 4%
11 Florida State University Tallahassee, Fla. Public 41,226 1,091 3
Undergraduate SACS [R] 26:1 $9,688 92% (79%) 94% (73%) 79% (7%) 91% 4%
12 Lipscomb University Nashville, Tenn. Private 4,680 226
SACS [R] 12:1 $9,956 80% (0%) 98% (98%) 62% 98% 3%
13 Western Illinois University Macomb, Ill. Public 11,094 625
n/a HLC [R] 15:1 $11,581 72% (45%) 69% (70%) 54% (33%) 62% 7%
14 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Ky. Public 20,146 537
n/a All 2 SACS [R] 18:1 $8,290 73% (32%) 75% 44% (31%) no data 11%
15 The University of Southern Mississippi Hattiesburg, Miss. Public 14,660 565
n/a SACS [R] 17:1 $8,219 74% (30%) 72% (58%) 48% 53% 11%
16 Stockton University Galloway, N.J. Public 8,674 568
All 2 MSCHE [R] 17:1 $8,487 87% (33%) 88% 67% (14%) 96% 5%
17 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Ky. Public 16,844 1,004
n/a SACS [R] 15:1 $8,940 72% (47%) 66% (48%) 42% 43% 11%
18 California State University, San Bernardino San Bernardino, Calif. Public 21,137 1 531 1
n/a WASC [R] 30:1 $6,809 88% (69%) 85% (88%) 48% (2%) 54% 6%
19 Northwest Nazarene University Nampa, Idaho Private 2,035 1 115 1
All NCCU [R] 17:1 $8,351 75% 96% (93%) 52% 98% 4%
20 University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, Texas Public 51,557 4 2,589 4
n/a All SACS [R] 26:1 $6,322 69% (51%) 64% (53%) 42% (38%) 56% 6%
21 University of Central Oklahoma Edmond, Okla. Public 16,910 541
All HLC [R] 20:1 $8,494 66% (40%) 71% (40%) 37% (31%) 50% 10%
22 University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. Public 29,727 583
n/a All 2 SACS [R] 18:1 $11,208 82% (48%) 78% (44%) 61% 47% 4%
23 Texas A&M University College Station, Texas Public 63,813 3,293 3
SACS [R] 20:1 $14,943 90% (89%) 86% (59%) 79% (14%) 83% 4%
24 University of Nebraska-Lincoln Lincoln, Neb. Public 25,260 504
HLC [R] 21:1 $10,896 84% (33%) no data 67% (11%) no data 3%
25 San Diego State University San Diego Public 33,230 2,643 3
n/a All 2 WASC [R] 28:1 $6,812 88% (79%) 92% (71%) 66% (3%) 67% 3%
26 West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. Public 29,000 950
HLC [R] 21:1 $11,703 77% (17%) 78% 57% (29%) 52% 7%
27 St. Petersburg College St. Petersburg, Fla. Public 31,864 2,237
n/a All SACS [R] 22:1 $4,443 no data 62% (57%) 33% (13%) 35% 16%
28 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio Private 8,666 2,144
All 2 SACS [R] 14:1 $6,935 76% (33%) 88% (67%) 43% 60% 7%
29 Old Dominion University Norfolk, Va. Public 24,672 2,291
n/a SACS [R] 20:1 $8,498 81% (65%) 79% (59%) 52% (29%) 52% 5%
30 The College of Saint Rose Albany, N.Y. Private 4,411 59
All 2 MSCHE [R] 14:1 $12,055 78% (50%) 91% (93%) 66% (27%) 91% 3%
31 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, Miss. Public 20,873 627
n/a SACS [R] 19:1 $7,318 80% (50%) 79% 60% 70% 8%
32 Lewis University Romeoville, Ill. Private 6,700 590
Undergraduate HLC [R] 13:1 $8,524 83% 83% (83%) 62% 64% 4%
33 University of West Florida Pensacola, Fla. Public 12,808 1,753
Undergraduate SACS [R] 23:1 $6,022 74% (41%) no data 51% (9%) 64% 7%
34 Saginaw Valley State University University Center, Mich. Public 9,766 184
n/a HLC [R] 18:1 $6,283 71% (36%) 66% (71%) 40% 41% 6%
35 Texas State University San Marcos, Texas Public 37,979 1,616
n/a SACS [R] 23:1 $6,511 76% (69%) 82% (76%) 55% 63% 6%
36 University of Nevada, Las Vegas Las Vegas Public 29,781 1,667
All WASC [R] 22:1 $8,805 77% (53%) 76% (58%) 39% 78% 7%
37 South Dakota School of Mines and Technology Rapid City, S.D. Public 2,843 147
n/a All HLC [R] 15:1 $10,832 77% (71%) 71% (0%) 54% 74% 5%
38 Troy University Troy, Ala. Public 17,857 2,501
All 2 SACS [R] 15:1 $5,643 75% (38%) 72% (35%) 35% (34%) 41% 11%
39 Webster University St. Louis Private 17,381 3,643
Undergraduate HLC [R] 13:1 $6,722 77% (27%) 68% (58%) 64% 74% no data
40 University of Missouri-St. Louis St. Louis Public 16,763 378
HLC [R] 17:1 $9,752 79% (33%) 72% (61%) 42% 54% 7%
41 Drexel University Philadelphia Private 25,595 802
MSCHE [R] 10:1 $14,939 84% (53%) 82% (44%) 67% (24%) 62% 3%
42 University of Georgia Athens, Ga. Public 36,130 238
n/a SACS [R] 18:1 $8,634 94% (89%) 97% 85% (6%) 85% 2%
43 East Carolina University Greenville, N.C. Public 28,289 1,025 3
All SACS [R] 18:1 $11,749 81% (78%) no data 59% (17%) no data 5%
44 Niagara University Niagara University, N.Y. Private 4,128 67
MSCHE [R] 13:1 $7,464 84% (50%) 83% (96%) 64% (29%) 54% 5%
45 University of San Diego San Diego Private 8,251 360
WASC [R] 15:1 $13,897 90% 91% 77% no data 2%
46 Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Public 19,168 404
n/a HLC [R] 19:1 $8,710 76% (39%) 65% (65%) 55% (31%) 53% 9%
47 Northern Kentucky University Highland Heights, Ky. Public 14,720 233
n/a SACS [R] 16:1 $7,407 69% (45%) 67% (40%) 36% no data 8%
48 Quinnipiac University Hamden, Conn. Private 9,525 133
NEASC [R] 13:1 $14,176 85% (40%) 95% (92%) 76% 90% no data
49 St. Cloud State University St. Cloud, Minn. Public 16,097 489
n/a All HLC [R] 22:1 $7,329 73% (50%) 67% 45% (36%) 36% 4%
50 University of North Texas Denton, Texas Public 37,231 3,101
n/a All SACS [R] 23:1 $8,373 78% (65%) 78% 50% (30%) no data 8%
51 College of Coastal Georgia Brunswick, Ga. Public 3,131 134
n/a All SACS [R] 18:1 $6,533 62% (62%) 71% (61%) 15% (18%) 17% 13%
52 Metropolitan State University of Denver Denver Public 20,574 1,025
n/a All HLC [R] 19:1 $5,132 63% (46%) 67% 24% (32%) 26% 10%
53 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Ill. Public 17,292 1,153
n/a Undergraduate 2 HLC [R] 15:1 $15,675 68% (36%) no data 44% no data 9%
54 The University of Southern California Los Angeles Private 43,401 1,050 3
WASC [R] 9:1 $43,170 97% (100%) 100% (94%) 91% 100% 2%
55 California State University San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. Public 12,793 1,482 3
n/a All WASC [R] 26:1 $8,347 83% (67%) 82% (68%) 49% (7%) 82% 5%
56 University of Wyoming Laramie, Wyo. Public 13,717 636
All HLC [R] 15:1 $14,616 76% (57%) no data 54% (27%) no data 4%
57 Western Carolina University Cullowhee, N.C. Public 10,340 219
All SACS [R] 16:1 $7,845 78% (71%) 67% (67%) 58% (20%) 100% 7%
58 University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. Public 14,969 415
n/a All 2 SACS [R] 17:1 $7,955 84% (25%) 4% 71% (14%) 26% 4%
59 The University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, N.C. Public 19,393 332
All SACS [R] 17:1 $8,999 78% (27%) 84% 56% (19%) no data 7%
60 University of Maryland College Park, Md. Public 38,140 971
MSCHE [R] 18:1 $13,487 96% (67%) 95% 85% (6%) no data 2%
61 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Whitewater, Wis. Public 12,351 459
HLC [R] 21:1 $6,055 80% (50%) 74% 58% 36% 5%
62 University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus Denver Public 23,671 1,028
HLC [R] 16:1 $26,708 72% (51%) 66% (41%) 40% (37%) 62% 3%
63 University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. Public 10,460 352
HLC [R] 20:1 $7,221 82% (33%) 81% 68% 68% 3%
64 University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Ark. Public 26,754 694
Undergraduate HLC [R] 19:1 $9,069 83% (64%) 76% (45%) 62% no data 7%
65 University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, Calif. Public 38,204 375
n/a WASC [R] 17:1 $18,988 96% (76%) 94% 91% 92% 2%
66 Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz. Public 71,049 2,426
HLC [R] 19:1 $9,519 86% (40%) 82% 60% 55% 7%
67 University of Florida Gainesville, Fla. Public 57,465 1 606 1
n/a Undergraduate SACS [R] 21:1 $15,962 96% (68%) 89% (100%) 88% (4%) 86% 2%
68 University of Massachusetts Lowell Lowell, Mass. Public 17,450 758
All NEASC [R] 18:1 $10,748 84% (67%) 66% (55%) 54% 48% 5%
69 University of Colorado Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, Colo. Public 11,988 1,887
HLC [R] 15:1 $7,093 66% (52%) 72% (46%) 47% (36%) 71% 4%
70 Fordham University Bronx, N.Y. Private 15,286 311
Undergraduate MSCHE [R] 14:1 $14,019 89% (74%) 92% (0%) 80% 79% 3%
71 Washington State University Pullman, Wash. Public 29,686 903
NCCU [R] 15:1 $9,952 80% (66%) no data 67% no data 3%
72 Angelo State University San Angelo, Texas Public 8,521 637 3
All SACS [R] 19:1 $7,413 62% (31%) 74% (59%) 30% 51% 12%
73 Jacksonville University Jacksonville, Fla. Private 4,048 297
Graduate SACS [R] 11:1 $7,851 73% (29%) no data 41% no data 7%
74 University of Arizona Tucson, Ariz. Public 43,088 1,251
HLC [R] 20:1 $12,071 82% (63%) 77% (63%) 60% 57% 6%
75 Middle Tennessee State University Murfreesboro, Tenn. Public 22,511 790
SACS [R] 19:1 $8,512 71% (38%) 72% (41%) 46% (17%) 31% 10%
76 Northwestern Michigan College Traverse City, Mich. Public 3,276 167
n/a All HLC [R] 18:1 $7,402 no data 57% (50%) 19% (38%) no data 19%
77 University at Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. Public 29,806 342
n/a All MSCHE [R] 13:1 $15,806 88% (71%) 63% (0%) 72% (16%) 0% 3%
78 University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas Public 27,504 1 1,421 1
n/a All SACS [R] 20:1 $6,847 68% (45%) 68% (56%) 38% (31%) 39% 11%
79 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, Ariz. Public 29,031 553
All 2 HLC [R] 18:1 $7,510 74% (62%) no data 52% no data 7%
80 ECPI University Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 9,850 3,215
SACS [R] 21:1 $7,515 56% 91% 40% 39% 10%
81 Tulane University Madison and Biloxi Shools of Continuing Studies Biloxi, Miss. Private 288 72
n/a All SACS [R] 9:1 $21,627 92% no data 83% (13%) no data 5%
82 State University of New York (SUNY) College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill Cobleskill, N.Y. Public 2,535 5 61 5
n/a MSCHE [R] 20:1 $8,430 77% 86% 36% (30%) 67% 11%
83 Pace University New York Private 12,843 338
MSCHE [R] 14:1 $10,470 76% (79%) 81% (50%) 55% no data 4%
84 The George Washington University Washington, D.C. Private 26,212 1,500
MSCHE [R] 12:1 $20,938 93% (63%) 93% 79% 91% 1%
85 SUNY Oswego Oswego, N.Y. Public 7,937 123
n/a MSCHE [R] 18:1 $10,636 80% (50%) no data 63% (25%) no data 4%
86 University of South Carolina Aiken Aiken, S.C. Public 3,448 146
SACS [R] 15:1 $6,588 66% (35%) 74% (27%) 39% (35%) 41% 7%
87 Edgewood College Madison, Wis. Private 4,276 4 99 4
HLC [R] 11:1 $7,616 81% 82% 62% (31%) 63% 4%
88 Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas Public 35,859 2,093 3
n/a Undergraduate SACS [R] 22:1 $7,046 83% (62%) 79% (74%) 59% 60% 5%
89 Montana State University Bozeman, Mont. Public 15,688 454
All NCCU [R] 19:1 $7,321 76% (52%) no data 50% no data 6%
90 John Carroll University University Heights, Ohio Private 3,673 38
HLC [R] 13:1 $9,268 85% 80% 71% 87% 3%
91 University of Charleston Charleston, W.Va. Private 2,357 493
All HLC [R] 15:1 $6,776 61% no data 35% (60%) no data 11%
92 Central Michigan University Mount Pleasant, Mich. Public 25,526 1,187
n/a HLC [R] 20:1 $8,491 76% (35%) no data 56% no data 4%
93 St. Joseph's College Brooklyn, N.Y. Private 4,749 214
Undergraduate 2 MSCHE [R] 11:1 no data 83% (67%) 74% 68% (23%) 82% 3%
94 Stratford University Fairfax, Va. For-profit 3,039 693
All ACICS 5:1 $4,106 55% (56%) 84% (83%) 44% 89% 17%
95 University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. Public 6,455 402
All SACS [R] 15:1 $7,060 68% (24%) no data 34% (28%) no data 12%
96 University of Wisconsin-Stout Menomonie, Wis. Public 9,535 390
Undergraduate HLC [R] 20:1 $7,528 76% (42%) 70% (70%) 53% 50% 3%
97 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, Ill. Public 44,087 403
HLC [R] 19:1 $13,924 93% (88%) no data 84% no data 2%
98 Iowa State University of Science and Technology Ames, Iowa Public 36,001 676
n/a HLC [R] 19:1 $9,179 86% (79%) 76% (57%) 69% (24%) 54% 4%
99 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pa. Public 9,000 229
MSCHE [R] 21:1 $8,776 73% (100%) 80% 55% 52% 6%
100 Black Hills State University Spearfish, S.D. Public 4,395 180
n/a Undergraduate HLC [R] 20:1 $5,968 63% (51%) no data 33% 22% 9%
101 University of Central Florida Orlando, Fla. Public 63,016 1,311
All SACS [R] 31:1 $5,687 88% (83%) no data 70% (8%) no data 5%
102 Berkeley College New York For-profit 7,072 570
All MSCHE [R] 19:1 $5,793 61% (32%) 94% (54%) 30% 63% 12%
103 University of North Carolina at Charlotte Charlotte, N.C. Public 27,983 545
All SACS [R] 19:1 $9,126 82% (60%) no data 55% (18%) no data 5%
104 The Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio Public 65,184 1,492
HLC [R] 19:1 $9,666 86% (40%) no data 45% (27%) no data 5%
105 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. Public 37,098 2,478 3
SACS [R] 21:1 $10,239 87% (60%) no data 66% (24%) no data 5%
106 Methodist University Fayetteville, N.C. Private 2,474 440
SACS [R] 12:1 $7,680 63% (50%) 62% (50%) 34% no data 12%
107 New Mexico State University Main Campus Las Cruces, N.M. Public 15,490 599
n/a Undergraduate HLC [R] 17:1 $9,196 74% (31%) no data 46% no data 20%
108 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Mich. Public 23,556 516
n/a HLC [R] 18:1 $10,047 78% (44%) 74% (70%) 54% (32%) no data 6%
109 University of Connecticut Storrs, Conn. Public 31,624 652
n/a NEASC [R] 19:1 $11,920 92% (69%) no data 59% (28%) no data 2%
110 The University of Akron Akron, Ohio Public 25,177 797
n/a HLC [R] 18:1 $8,471 73% (43%) no data 25% (20%) no data 13%
111 SUNY College of Technology at Delhi Delhi, N.Y. Public 3,457 44
n/a MSCHE [R] 17:1 $9,374 69% 56% (0%) 39% (30%) no data 10%
112 Southeast Missouri State University Cape Girardeau, Mo. Public 11,987 373
n/a Undergraduate HLC [R] 22:1 $6,658 73% (35%) no data 51% no data 9%
113 University of Louisville Louisville, Ky. Public 22,367 932
All 2 SACS [R] 12:1 $15,324 81% (56%) no data 54% no data 7%
114 Youngstown State University Youngstown, Ohio Public 12,650 379
n/a HLC [R] 15:1 $7,275 70% (34%) 70% 33% 22% 17%
115 Salem State University Salem, Mass. Public 9,215 253
All NEASC [R] 15:1 $8,666 81% (38%) 85% 46% no data 7%
116 Azusa Pacific University Azusa, Calif. Private 9,975 273
WASC [R] 11:1 $10,128 85% (25%) no data 67% no data 3%
117 University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles Public 43,239 5 440 5
n/a WASC [R] 16:1 $40,020 97% (62%) no data 91% no data 2%
118 SUNY College at Plattsburgh Plattsburgh, N.Y. Public 5,718 80
Undergraduate MSCHE [R] 16:1 $11,263 81% 79% 61% (23%) 73% 5%
119 Augusta University Augusta, Ga. Public 8,333 5 0 5, 3
All SACS [R] 13:1 $20,309 69% (67%) no data 30% (15%) no data 7%
120 Towson University Towson, Md. Public 22,284 275
n/a All 2 MSCHE [R] 16:1 $5,824 86% (100%) no data 68% (22%) no data 3%
121 University of Northern Iowa Cedear Falls, Iowa Public 11,981 205
HLC [R] 16:1 $9,802 85% (33%) 73% (50%) 64% (24%) 55% 3%
122 The University of Toledo Toledo, Ohio Public 20,381 321
HLC [R] 20:1 $12,241 70% (48%) no data 44% no data 10%
123 University of South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Public 9,971 315
HLC [R] 17:1 $9,166 74% (58%) no data 56% (34%) no data 5%
124 Davenport University Grand Rapids, Mich. Private 8,423 428
Undergraduate 2 HLC [R] 14:1 $5,006 73% (33%) 52% (51%) 40% no data 11%
125 Wright State University Main Campus Dayton, Ohio Public 18,059 576
HLC [R] 22:1 $9,158 66% (53%) no data 39% no data 8%
126 Creighton University Omaha, Neb. Private 8,435 129
HLC [R] 11:1 $13,517 91% (67%) 90% (80%) 78% 87% 1%
127 University of St. Thomas Houston Private 3,359 108
SACS [R] 9:1 $11,944 88% (50%) 71% (0%) 52% 88% 4%
128 California State Polytechnic University, Pomona Pomona, Calif. Public 23,717 411
n/a All WASC [R] 22:1 $7,308 89% (76%) no data 56% (3%) no data 3%
129 Marywood University Scranton, Pa. Private 3,010 55
MSCHE [R] 11:1 $9,623 80% no data 69% (13%) no data 5%
130 Pensacola State College Pensacola, Fla. Public 10,061 1,097
All SACS [R] 21:1 $4,280 no data 50% (50%) 33% (8%) 15% 17%
    Footnotes
  • 1 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2015-16 academic year
  • 2 - Military students not charged above TA cap, but nonmilitary may be
  • 3 - Based on number of Defense Department and Veterans Affairs Department benefit users, as reported by the institutions on our survey
  • 4 - Based on 12-month unduplicated headcount for 2014-15 academic year
  • 5 - Data from fall 2014