Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016

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

 
2014 Enrollment
 
Policy Agreement
Post-9/11 GI Bill
 
Retention Rate
Graduation Rate (Transfer Rate)
 
After 6 Years
Rank School Headquarters Type Total Military Veterans Office Principles of Excellence 8 Keys DoD MOU Charged At or Below Limits Yellow Ribbon Charged At or Below TA Cap Staff Support Academic Support Extracurriculars School Accreditation Student-Faculty Ratio Money Per Student on Instruction Course Completion Total Military Total Military Default Rate Employed Salary
1 Santa Fe Community College Santa Fe, N.M. Public 5,475 203     n/a All Santa Fe Community College HLC [R] 15:1 $7,058 86% 50% 63% 11% (17%) 22% 24% 79% $27,300
2 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, N.C. Public 12,103 3,374 n/a All Fayetteville Technical Community College SACS [R] 20:1 $5,271 83% 41% 73% 6% (11%) 14% 23% 80% $20,400
3 Columbus State Community College Columbus, Ohio Public 24,532 1,120   n/a All Columbus State Community College HLC [R] 19:1 $4,043 76% 46% 53% 11% (21%) no data 21% 85% $19,600
4 Savannah Technical College Savannah, Ga. Public 4,644 597   All Savannah Technical College SACS [R] 17:1 $4,020 no data 51% no data 29% no data 23% 83% no data
5 St. Cloud Technical and Community College St. Cloud, Minn. Public 4,924 130 n/a All St. Cloud Technical and Community College HLC [R] 23:1 $5,794 no data 48% no data 27% (26%) no data 12% 93% $19,200
6 Golf Academy of America Birmingham, Ala. For-profit 839 230   All Golf Academy of America ACICS 22:1 $6,217 no data 68% no data 88% 72% 16% 80% $22,075
7 Virginia College Birmingham, Ala. For-profit 16,509 1,557   All Virginia College ACICS 11:1 $6,452 no data 54% no data 37% 78% 16% 80% $22,900
8 Ecotech Institute Aurora, Colo. For-profit 398 110   All Ecotech Institute ACICS 15:1 $5,935 no data 58% no data 49% 84% 16% 80% $20,100
9 Moraine Park Technical College Fond Du Lac, Wis. Public 11,014 85   n/a All Moraine Park Technical College HLC [R] 15:1 $9,835 no data 69% no data 34% no data 12% 91% $21,300
10 Wiregrass Technical College Valdosta, Ga. Public 3,629 99 n/a All Wiregrass Technical College SACS [R] 13:1 $4,845 no data 42% no data 20% no data no data 77% $36,200
11 Gateway Community and Technical College Florence, Ky. Public 4,594 211 n/a All Gateway Community and Technical College SACS [R] 12:1 $6,168 81% 61% 84% 30% (12%) no data 31% 82% $29,600
12 SUNY Canton Canton, N.Y. Public 3,278 77   All [1] SUNY Canton MSCHE [R] 17:1 $7,630 96% 76% 65% 29% (32%) 100% 12% 87% $28,200
13 Mountwest Community & Technical College Huntington, W.Va. Public 1,591 71   n/a All Mountwest Community & Technical College HLC [R] 18:1 $5,170 no data 36% 72% 9% (10%) 6% 26% 85% $32,500
14 The Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, Calif. For-profit 1,859 [2] 459 [2]     The Los Angeles Film School ACCSC 16:1 $5,632 94% 88% 85% 83% no data 17% no data $36,500
15 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, Va. Public 11,033 [3] no data n/a All Thomas Nelson Community College SACS [R] 23:1 $3,860 no data 50% no data 16% (16%) no data 12% 84% $23,100
16 West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, W.Va. Public 2,985 169       All West Virginia University at Parkersburg HLC [R] 15:1 $5,211 79% 50% no data 30% (16%) no data 30% 80% no data
17 Pine Technical and Community College Pine City, Minn. Public 845 58 n/a All Pine Technical and Community College HLC [R] 17:1 $6,592 no data 50% no data 27% (20%) no data 16% 86% $25,400
18 Western Technical College El Paso, Texas For-profit 1,641 468   n/a Western Technical College ACCSC 13:1 $1,684 57% 63% 57% 46% (22%) 57% 18% 85% $25,733
19 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, Wis. Public 14,274 [4] 311 [4] n/a All Waukesha County Technical College HLC [R] 18:1 $12,610 no data 60% no data 34% (13%) no data 14% 88% $33,100
20 Mountain Empire Community College Big Stone Gap, Va. Public 2,718 40 n/a All Mountain Empire Community College SACS [R] 24:1 $5,349 64% 45% 52% 35% (4%) 13% no data 77% $37,100
    Footnotes
  • [1] Military Students Not Charged Above TA Cap, But Non-Military May Be
  • [2] Based on 12-month unduplicated head count for 2014-15 school year
  • [3] Fall 2013 data from Education Department
  • [4] Based on 12-month unduplicated head count for 2013-14 school year