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Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2015

We invited hundreds of colleges to participate in our survey to find out which career and technical colleges are doing the most for military veterans.


The story | The methodology

Rank
School
Headquarters
Type
2013 enrollment: Total
2013 enrollment: Military
Veterans office
Accepts ACE-recommended credits
Charged at or below TA cap
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Charged at or below limits
Post-9/11 GI Bill: Yellow Ribbon
Staff support
Academic support
Extracurriculars
Accreditation
Student-faculty ratio
Graduation rate (transfer rate)
Default rate
1 Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, N.M. Public 6,265 133 n/a HLC [R] 18:1 9% (23%) 22%
2 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, N.C. Public 12,398 4,260 n/a SACS [R] 22:1 7% (13%) 26%
3 Virginia College and Golf Academy of America (1) Birmingham, Ala. For-profit 17,628 4,141 ACICS 11:1 49% (3%) 22%
4 The Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, Calif. For-profit 3,974 (2) 929 (2) ACCSC 15:1 78% 17%
5 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, Va. Public 11,033 1,362 n/a SACS [R] 20:1 16% (19%) 17%
6 St. Cloud Technical and Community College St. Cloud, Minn. Public 4,949 110 n/a HLC [R] 22:1 28% (22%) 14%
7 Erie Community College Buffalo, N.Y. Public 12,500 550 n/a MSCHE [R] 21:1 24% (12%) 19%
8 Savannah Technical College Savannah, Ga. Public 4,784 529 SACS [R] 20:1 26% no data
9 Gateway Community and Technical College Florence, Ky. Public 4,648 135 n/a SACS [R] 13:1 34% (10%) 33%
10 Ecotech Institute (1) Aurora, Colo. For-profit 492 126 ACICS 17:1 77% (2%) 22%
11 West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, W.Va. Public 4,557 (2) 139 (2) HLC [R] 17:1 34% (16%) 31%
12 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, Ga. Public 3,966 38 n/a SACS [R] 16:1 25% no data
13 Trident Technical College North Charleston, S.C. Public 17,489 1,483 n/a SACS [R] 21:1 10% (20%) 17%
14 Edgecombe Community College Tarboro, N.C. Public 2,850 112 n/a SACS [R] 22:1 12% 27%
15 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, Minn. Public 3,128 no data n/a HLC [R] 21:1 38% (14%) 17%
16 Columbus State Community College Columbus, Ohio Public 25,360 1,251 HLC [R] 18:1 8% (24%) 21%
17 Ogden-Weber Tech College Odgen, Utah Public 2,625 179 n/a COE 16:1 37% no data
18 Western Technical College El Paso, Texas For-profit 1,242 348 n/a ACCSC 14:1 56% 13%
19 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, S.D. Public 1,227 69 n/a HLC [R] 13:1 64% (7%) 13%
20 Monterey Institute of International Studies, A Graduate School of Middlebury College Monterey, Calif. Private 750 46 NEASC [R] no data no data 2%
21 Minnesota School of Business Richfield, Minn. For-profit 3,202 314 ACICS 12:1 42% 16%
22 Globe University Woodbury, Minn. For-profit 3,045 366 ACICS 13:1 no data 22%
23 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, S.C. Public 2,561 13 SACS [R] 16:1 9% (11%) 0%
24 Broadview University West Jordan, Utah For-profit 817 87 ACICS 10:1 44% 22%
25 Hallmark University San Antonio Private 829 no data ACCSC 20:1 48% 7%
26 Advanced Technology Institute Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 824 414 ACCSC 22:1 68% 19%
27 Oconee Fall Line Technical College Sandersville, Ga. Public 1,871 108 (3) n/a COE 12:1 37% no data
28 Center for Advanced Legal Studies Houston For-profit 182 24 n/a COE 16:1 60% 11%
29 Guam Community College Mangilao, Guam Public 2,727 252 n/a WASC-ACCJC [R] 15:1 8% no data
30 Sullivan University Louisville, Ky. For-profit 5,017 59 (4) SACS [R] 19:1 48% 24%
31 IBMC College Fort Collins, Colo. For-profit 997 74 ACICS 7:1 79% 18%
32 IntelliTec Medical Institute Colorado Springs, Colo. For-profit 593 (2) 98 (2) n/a ABHES 10:1 63% (2%) 29%
33 Tidewater Tech Norfolk, Va. For-profit 310 no data COE 18:1 89% 39%
34 Aviation Institute of Maintenance Chesapeake, Va. For-profit 2,390 no data ACCSC 12:1 56% (13%) 26%
35 Centura College Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 1,422 no data ACCSC 11:1 66% (5%) 23%
36 ICDC College Los Angeles For-profit 3,261 139 (3) ACCSC 29:1 59% 23%
(1) Virginia College and Golf Academy of America, both part of Education Corporation of America, responded as separate institutions previously but together in this year's survey. Ecotech Institute, which has the same parent company, responded as a separate institution.
(2) Unduplicated, 12-month headcount for 2013-14, instead of fall 2013 enrollment
(3) Count based on students using Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department benefits
(4) Graduate costs above TA cap; undergraduate military students not charged above TA cap, but non-military might be