COLLEGE STATION Texas A&M ranks as one of the top five best universities in the nation for veterans, according to U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural “Best Colleges of Veterans” poll.
In a press release sent out Monday, A&M reinforced it's military roots. There are more than 700 veterans on campus.
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, pointed out Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News.
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,” Kelly said. “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.”
Other institutions ranked among the top five in the poll’s “national universities” category are Penn State, Tulane, the University of Texas at Austin and Syracuse.
Col. Gerald Smith (USMC-Ret), Director of Texas A&M’s Veteran Resource & Support Center, said the high U.S. News & World Report ranking is the second major recognition the university has received this week for its service to veterans. Earlier, the university was cited by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” rankings as one of the top dozen four-year schools in the nation and the leading four-year public school in the state of Texas.
Smith also highlighted the unique “dual office” support structure at Texas A&M. “We have the Veteran Services Office in the office of Scholarships & Financial Aid that focuses on educational benefit processing while our Veteran Resource & Support Center provides many others services. The partnership between these two offices ensures that Aggie Student Veterans are connected with resources to fully support them from application to vocation.”
Col. Smith said that Texas A&M supports and recognizes veterans in a variety of manners. Veterans are given special recognition when they graduate by wearing unique cords. The red, white and blue cords are given to graduating veterans, free of charge, to signify their service to the country when wearing academic regalia. We have a link to News 3's story about the cords below.