U.S. News ranks UCCS a top school for veterans

The editors of U.S. News & World Report consider the University of Colorado Colorado Springs among the best Western regional universities for veterans.

In its inaugural rankings of the Best Colleges for Veterans published Nov. 11, U.S. News listed UCCS as the only public university in Colorado on its list of best Western regional universities for veterans. UCCS was ranked 13 among public and private universities in the Western U.S. Regis University, Denver, a private university, also made the list.

“We appreciate the recognition of our efforts to help veterans achieve their goals through university education,” said Phillip Morris, director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs. “We take pride supporting our veterans holistically to help them successfully transition into the workforce.”

The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools must be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.

In addition to offering benefits described above, UCCS recently established a Veterans Resource Center on campus and developed a host of programs to help veterans orient to campus and successfully transition into the university and on to a career.

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 http://www.usnews.com/education/best-colleges/articles/2013/11/11/best-colleges-for-veterans-methodology.

To see a full list of the Western regional universities cited by U.S. News, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west/veterans.

In August, U.S. News ranked UCCS as a top 10 Western regional public university and its College of Engineering and Applied Science a national leader in undergraduate engineering education. For more information, visit http://pressreleases.uccs.edu/?p=1668.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest growing universities in the nation. The University offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees. UCCS enrolls about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.

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