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Military Friendly Colleges 

Confused by all of the “military friendly colleges” lists out there?  Us, too!  They all use slightly different methodologies with, in some cases, wildly different results.  So we’ve gone ahead, compiled the lists and analyzed them here to help make sense of it all.  The result is Military Friendly Colleges: The Definitive List. 

To be fair, we didn’t create an actual list.  Instead, we took the existing ranking from various websites and analyzed them to provide to you the schools that appeared most often on the lists.

What Does It Mean to Be a “Military Friendly College?”

But before we get to the list, we think it’s important to understand what does “military friendly” or “veteran friendly” even mean?  Is it general respect for the military?  Does it mean affordability and flexibility for military/veteran students?  Does it refer to facilities specifically for veterans?

Not surprisingly, there is a lot of overlap in the criteria used to determine how “military friendly” a school is.  Based on the shared elements of their methodologies, we’ve come to something that looks like a definition.

Defining “Military Friendly College”

Most shared criteria.  The School –

  • Is a Yellow Ribbon School or a state school.  This ideally means no out-of-pocket costs for veterans
  • Has a veteran student organization/association for peer support and assistance
  • Offers flexibility and affordability to accommodate military/veteran students – awards credit for service, credit for CLEP exams

Some reviewers also mentioned –

  • A dedicated military/veteran student counselor(s)
  • Dedicated military/veteran facilities (on-campus or virtual)
  • Other policy agreements (8 Keys to Veteran Success, Principles of Excellence)

By the way, all of this info can be found within the school profiles in CollegeRecon’s search tool.

Now that we have a sense of what a military friendly college is, here’s an analysis of the different lists.

Multiple Top 10 Finishers for Military Friendly Schools

These schools were only three that finished in the Top 10 of more than one Military Friendly Colleges list.

*Note: number of appearances indicated by number in parentheses.

University of Southern California (USC) (3)
Liberty University (2)
University of South Florida (2)

Schools Appearing More Than Once on Full Lists

These schools finished in the Top 50 of more than one Military Friendly Colleges list.

4 Appearances in Top 50

Eastern Kentucky University (4)
Lewis University (4)
Northern Arizona University (4)
Old Dominion University (4)
Texas A&M – College Station (4)
University of Nebraska at Omaha (4)
University of South Florida (4)

3 Appearances in Top 50

California State University, San Bernardino (3)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (3)
Ohio State University – Main Campus (3)
Quinnipiac University (3)
Regent University (3)
Saint Leo University (3)
Syracuse University (3)
University of Southern California (USC) (3)
Western Kentucky University (3)

2 Appearances in Top 50

Arizona State University (2)
Armstrong State University (2)
Central Georgia Technical College (2)
Colorado State University – Global Campus (2)
Fayetteville Technical Community College (2)
Florida State University (2)
Liberty University (2)
Mississippi State University (2)
National University (2)
Northern Michigan University (2)
Penn State – Greater Allegheny (2)
Rutgers University – Camden (2)
South Dakota State University (2)
Texas Tech University (2)
University of Dubuque (2)
University of Florida (2)
University of Kentucky (2)
University of Maryland – University College (2)
University of Michigan (2)
University of Nebraska – Lincoln (2)
University of Northwestern Ohio (2)
University of West Florida (2)

Here are the different lists that we evaluated from each of the different organizations.

Military Times – Best For Vets

D’Youville College
University of South Florida
Armstrong State University
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
The University of Kansas
Syracuse University
Colorado State University
The University of Nebraska at Omaha
Georgia State University
University of Central Oklahoma


US News and World Report

Georgetown University
University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA)
University of Southern California (USC)
Carnegie Mellon
University of Virginia
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
New York University (NYU)



University of Florida
North Carolina State – Raleigh
Central Florida
Texas A&M
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
University of Southern California (USC)
Penn State
University of Nebraska – Lincoln
Missouri University of Science and Technology



Liberty University
George Washington University
Colorado Technical
Penn State World Campus
Regent University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
National University
Utah State University
Hawaii Pacific University
University of Massachusetts – Lowell



University of Maryland University College
Arizona State University
Liberty University
Southern New Hampshire University Online
Old Dominion University
University of Southern California (USC)
Ohio State University-Main Campus
University of Arizona
University of South Florida – Main Campus
George Mason University


MilitaryFriendly – GI Jobs

Large community college
Front Range Community College
Leeward Community College
Fayetteville Technical Community College
Cuyahoga Community College
Central Georgia Technical College
Small community college
Tarrant County College (Trinity River Campus)
CUNY Hostos Community College
Savannah Technical College
Mercer County Community College
SUNY Ulster County Community College
Small public
Lyndon State College
Penn State Greater Allegheny
Penn State Mont Alto
Northern Michigan University
York College-CUNY
Private not offering Doctorate
The College of Saint Rose
Life Support Training Institute
Olivet College
University of Northwestern Ohio
Southwestern University