University Ranks 12th on Prestigious Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 List
(Nov. 12, 2014) — Military Times honored Armstrong State University earlier today, ranking the institution 12th among four-year schools on its Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 list. Now in its fifth year, the annual rankings stand apart as the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students' success rates. This year marks the first time Armstrong has been included on the prestigious list.
The rankings are published in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
To view the complete Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings, please visit http://www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2015.
“We are deeply honored to be recognized by the Military Times as one of the nation's leading universities supporting active duty military students and veterans on campus,” said Armstrong President Linda M. Bleicken. “Armstrong offers a wide range of educational options for military students, veterans and their families, plus an extensive network of support to help ensure student success.”
Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 evaluates the factors that make a colleges or university a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. The survey-based ranking requires schools to document an array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe the various aspects of veteran culture on a campus.
“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students' academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Bets for Vets. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we're helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”
Earlier this year, Armstrong was honored as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine for the fifth consecutive year. The university is ranked in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for its military friendly status and is currently listed in the 2015 Guide to Military Friendly Schools. Armstrong recently launched a Green Zone initiative to support active duty military students and veterans on campus. Earlier this year, the university waived all mandatory fees for active duty military as part of its ongoing commitment to military students.
In addition to providing a supportive campus environment for military students, Armstrong is also part of a network of universities that guarantees transferability of credits for military students, provides in-state tuition for members of the military and their families, and offers college credit for military experience.
As a complement to Armstrong's main campus in Savannah, the university operates the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville, which helps members of the military community and their families pursue higher education and earn college degrees in key fields in Liberty County. A new expanded facility is currently under construction in downtown Hinesville, which will be open to students in the fall of 2015.