U.S. News & World Report Announces Inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans

New Ranking Helps Veterans Take Advantage of Post-9/11 GI Bill

Nov 11, 2013, 10:00 ET from U.S. News & World Report

WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- U.S. News & World Report today released its inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. Pennsylvania State University—University Park ranks No. 1 among National Universities, while Muhlenberg College holds the top spot in the National Liberal Arts Colleges category.

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All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

"While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News. "We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for and completing a college degree."

In total, there were 234 ranked schools across all 10 U.S. News ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West). For further details on how the rankings were calculated, see the methodology.

This past May, U.S. News published comparable rankings of the Best Online Programs for Veterans to help veterans and service members find and complete a quality online bachelor's or master's program regardless of their location.

U.S. News 2014 Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings
*See the full list of rankings online  

Best National Universities for Veterans 

Best National Liberal Arts Colleges for Veterans

1. Pennsylvania State University—University Park

1. Muhlenberg College (PA)

2. Tulane University (LA)

2. Lewis & Clark College (OR)

2. University of Texas—Austin

3. Hillsdale College (MI)

4. Syracuse University (NY)

4. St. Mary's College of Maryland

5. Texas A&M University—College Station 

5. Albion College (MI)

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