UA Named a Top University for Student Veterans

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The University of Arizona is one of the best institutions to consider pursuing a higher education degree, according to U.S. News & World Report's inaugural list of the Best Colleges for Veterans.

The UA is ranked 23rd on the list, which includes 234 U.S. schools.

The publication noted that the new ranking is meant to "provide military veterans with data on which top-ranked schools offer benefits to veterans and active service members that can help them pursue a college education." Top-ranked institutions had to meet set criteria, such as being a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, being certified for the GI Bill, and being a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

"It is an honor to be recognized by U.S. News & World Report," said military veteran Cody Nicholls, the UA's assistant dean of students for Veterans Education and Transition Services.

Since 2000, the number of veterans enrolling at the UA has increased 56 percent, from 194 in 2000 to 303 in 2012.

"We've had a long-standing, very close relationship between the UA and student veterans on campus," said Shay Stautz, the UA's associate vice president for Federal Relations. "The UA certainly understands the broader societal commitment to our returning veterans who have served their country. These individuals are an important part of our community."

The UA offers a range of programs and services geared toward student veterans.

Read the rest of this November 26, 2013 UANews article at the link below. Our Department of Agricultural Education's "Supportive Education for Returning Veterans" (SERV) program is profiled in this piece.

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