Spotlight on HBCUs and HSIs

HBCUs and HSIs

Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) for Military and Veterans

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are cornerstones of postsecondary, higher education.

HBCUs are schools that were established prior to 1964 with the principal mission of providing access to higher education and educating Black Americans during a time of legal segregation. HSIs came about in the 1980s to recognize institutions that enroll a large number of Latinx students. HBCUs and HSIs accept students of all races and ethnicities and there is a particular focus on commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities

It should be no surprise that even after the official end of slavery in 1865 most colleges and universities in the Southern United States prohibited all African Americans from attending. Meanwhile, many other colleges and universities throughout the country employed tactics to limit admissions of Black Americans. These blatant racist and exclusionary tactics continued ad nauseum until the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are institutions of higher education in the United States that were established before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with the intention of primarily serving students of African American descent.

Currently, HBCUs have approximately 300,000 students across 101 HBCUs in 19 states (including the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Of the 101 HBCUs, 52 are public institutions and 49 were private nonprofit institutions.

Why is an HBCU designation important?

Why is an HBCU designation important? In addition to the history of the institution, HBCUs display an immersive culture of diversity, inclusion, and supporting marginalized students. In addition, schools with an HBCU designation are eligible to receive additional funding including substantial grants from several organizations including:

  • National Science Foundation
  • National Institutes of Health
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • National Endowment for the Humanities

HSI – Hispanic Serving Institutions

Hispanic Serving Institutions came about as a grassroots organization in the 1980s to identify institutions that were accepting a large number of Latinx students. Since Latinx students are and continues to be a rapidly growing demographic in the U.S., it is important that institutes of higher education support and reflect this population growth.

Most recent statistics indicate that there are 411 HSIs in the US (including 24 states and Puerto Rico). There are approximately 1.9 million Latinx students at HSIs, and 4.1 million students total enrolled at HSIs.

In order to receive an HSI designation, an institution’s undergraduate enrollment must be at least 25 percent Hispanic and demonstrate a high concentration of students who are low income or otherwise need based.

Why is an HSI designation important?

Why is an HSI designation important? In addition to an immersive culture of diversity, inclusion, and supporting marginalized students; schools with an HSI designation are eligible to receive additional funding including substantial grants from several organizations including the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

 

Is There Really a Need for HBCUs and HSIs?

Unfortunately, admission practices can still be found in post-secondary education that purposefully seek to exclude and omit students based on any variety of factors that they deem “undesirable”. From gender to race to socioeconomic backgrounds, post-secondary education admissions are not always as enlightened as one would expect from an institute of higher learning. Thankfully, these unbalanced lapses in admissions are fewer and further than in generations prior. Yet, they still exist.

You may recall recent news of philanthropist Mackenzie Scott’s staggering $800 million donation to higher education. Specifically these funds were earmarked to HBCUs, HSIs, and Tribal colleges and universities (serving Native Americans).

Yes, there is still a need for HBCUs and HSIs to help “balance the scales” in higher education. HBCUs and HSIs accept students of all races and ethnicities. Yet, HBCUs and HSIs are particularly attuned to the needs of diversity, equity, and inclusion and strive to leave no student marginalized.

Accredited HBCU listing

Not-for-profit schools are indicated with NFP.

NFP = Not-for-profit

 

Alabama HBCU’s

Alabama A & M University 4-year, Public
Alabama State University 4-year, Public
Bishop State Community College 2-year, Public
Gadsden State Community College 2-year, Public
H Councill Trenholm State Community College 2-year, Public
J. F. Drake State Community & Technical College 2-year, Public
Lawson State Community College 2-year, Public
Miles College 4-year, Private NFP
Oakwood University 4-year, Private NFP
Shelton State Community College 2-year, Public
Stillman College 4-year, Private NFP
Talladega College 4-year, Private NFP
Tuskegee University 4-year, Private NFP

Arkansas HBCU’s

Arkansas Baptist College 4-year, Private NFP
Philander Smith College 4-year, Private NFP
Shorter College 2-year, Private NFP
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 4-year, Public

 

Delaware HBCU

Delaware State University 4-year, Public

 

District of Columbia HBCU’s

Howard University 4-year, Private NFP
University of the District of Columbia 4-year, Public
University of DC -David A Clarke School of Law 4-year, Public

 

Florida HBCU’s

Bethune-Cookman University 4-year, Private NFP
Edward Waters College 4-year, Private NFP
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University 4-year, Public
Florida Memorial University 4-year, Private NFP

 

Georgia HBCU’s

Albany State University 4-year, Public
Clark Atlanta University 4-year, Private NFP
Fort Valley State University 4-year, Public
Interdenominational Theological Center 4-year, Private NFP
Morehouse College 4-year, Private NFP
Morehouse School of Medicine 4-year, Private NFP
Paine College 4-year, Private NFP
Savannah State University 4-year, Public
Spelman College 4-year, Private NFP

 

Kentucky HBCU’s

Kentucky State University 4-year, Public
Simmons College of Kentucky 4-year, Private NFP

 

Louisiana HBCU’s

Dillard University 4-year, Private NFP
Grambling State University 4-year, Public
Southern University and A & M College 4-year, Public
Southern University at New Orleans 4-year, Public
Southern University at Shreveport 2-year, Public
Southern University Law Center 4-year, Public
Xavier University of Louisiana 4-year, Private NFP

 

Maryland HBCU’s

Bowie State University 4-year, Public
Coppin State University 4-year, Public
Morgan State University 4-year, Public
University of Maryland Eastern Shore 4-year, Public

 

Mississippi HBCU’s

Alcorn State University 4-year, Public
Coahoma Community College 2-year, Public
Jackson State University 4-year, Public
Mississippi Valley State University 4-year, Public
Rust College 4-year, Private NFP
Tougaloo College 4-year, Private NFP

 

Missouri HBCU’s

Harris-Stowe State University 4-year, Public
Lincoln University 4-year, Public

 

North Carolina HBCU’s

Bennett College 4-year, Private NFP
Elizabeth City State University 4-year, Public
Fayetteville State University 4-year, Public
Johnson C Smith University 4-year, Private NFP
Livingstone College 4-year, Private NFP
North Carolina A & T State University 4-year, Public
North Carolina Central University 4-year, Public
Saint Augustine’s University 4-year, Private NFP
Shaw University 4-year, Private NFP
Winston-Salem State University 4-year, Public

 

Ohio HBCU’s

Central State University 4-year, Public
Wilberforce University 4-year, Private not-for-profit

 

Oklahoma HBCU’s

Langston University 4-year, Public

 

Pennsylvania HBCU’s

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania 4-year, Public
Lincoln University 4-year, Public

 

South Carolina HBCU’s

Allen University 4-year, Private NFP
Benedict College 4-year, Private NFP
Claflin University 4-year, Private NFP
Clinton College 4-year, Private NFP
Denmark Technical College 2-year, Public
Morris College 4-year, Private NFP
South Carolina State University 4-year, Public
Voorhees College 4-year, Private NFP

 

Tennessee HBCU’s

American Baptist College 4-year, Private NFP
Fisk University 4-year, Private NFP
Lane College 4-year, Private NFP
Le Moyne-Owen College 4-year, Private NFP
Meharry Medical College 4-year, Private NFP
Tennessee State University 4-year, Public

 

Texas HBCU’s

Huston-Tillotson University 4-year, Private NFP
Jarvis Christian College 4-year, Private NFP
Paul Quinn College 4-year, Private NFP
Prairie View A & M University 4-year, Public
Southwestern Christian College 4-year, Private NFP
St Philip’s College 2-year, Public
Texas College 4-year, Private NFP
Texas Southern University 4-year, Public
Wiley College 4-year, Private NFP

US Virgin Islands HBCU’s

University of the Virgin Islands 4-year, Public
University of the Virgin Islands-Albert A. Sheen 4-year, Public

Virginia HBCU’s

Hampton University 4-year, Private NFP
Norfolk State University 4-year, Public
Virginia State University 4-year, Public
Virginia Union University 4-year, Private NFP
Virginia University of Lynchburg 4-year, Private NFP

West Virginia HBCU’s

Bluefield State College 4-year, Public
West Virginia State University 4-year, Public

* Statistics and facts from ed.gov.

 

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Top Veteran Friendly Schools by State: Michigan

Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Veteran-specific website
  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer and graduation rates
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact

Michigan Veteran Friendly Schools Awardees

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to major universities.

These schools can be found in the CollegeRecon School Finder as well.

GOLD

  1. Alma College
  2. Central Michigan University
  3. Cleary University
  4. Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  5. Davenport University
  6. Delta College
  7. Eastern Michigan University
  8. Ferris State University
  9. Global Information Technology
  10. Grand Valley State University
  11. Henry Ford College
  12. Jackson College
  13. Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  14. Lake Superior State University
  15. Lansing Community College
  16. MIAT College of Technology
  17. Macomb Community College
  18. Michigan State University
  19. Michigan Technological University
  20. Mid-Michigan College
  21. Montcalm Community College
  22. Muskegon Community College
  23. Northern Michigan University
  24. Northwood University
  25. Oakland Community College
  26. Oakland University
  27. Olivet College
  28. Saginaw Valley State University
  29. Schoolcraft College
  30. University of Detroit Mercy
  31. University of Michigan
  32. University of Michigan-Dearborn
  33. University of Michigan-Flint
  34. Walsh College
  35. Washtenaw Community College
  36. Wayne State University
  37. Western Michigan University

SILVER

  1. Aquinas College
  2. Baker College
  3. Bay de Noc Community College
  4. Calvin University
  5. Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  6. Detroit School for Digital Technology
  7. Finlandia University
  8. Focus: HOPE
  9. Glen Oaks Community College
  10. Gogebic Community College
  11. Grace Christian University
  12. Grand Rapids Community College
  13. Kettering University
  14. Kirtland Community College
  15. Lake Michigan College
  16. Madonna University
  17. Monroe County Community College
  18. North Country Heavy Equipment School
  19. Rochester University
  20. Clair County Community College
  21. Suburban CDL
  22. West Shore Community College
  23. Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

BRONZE

  1. Great Lakes Boat Building School
  2. North Central Michigan College
  3. Southwestern Michigan College

 

 

Digital Journalism Degrees for Military & Veterans

Degrees in Digital Journalism

What is a degree in Digital Journalism?  Digital journalism is a form of journalism where editorial content is published and distributed online.  An education in Digital Journalism can most commonly be found as a certificate program, associate degree, and bachelor’s degree. Master’s degree programs can also be found and are a wonderful asset for those choosing to become experts in this field.

A degree in Digital Journalism offers students a chance at a variety of vibrant careers including:

  • public relations specialists
  • social media managers
  • investigative reporters
  • film editors
  • market research analysts
  • sports reporters
  • broadcast anchors
  • entertainment reporters
  • published authors
  • corporate and non-profit public relations agencies
  • digital news outlets

Certificates for Digital Journalism

Certificate programs are ideal for those wishing to jumpstart their careers in a shorter amount of time. In a certificate program students are exposed to the core elements of digital journalism including:

  • writing
  • reporting
  • editing
  • photography
  • video
  • digital design
  • audio

Upon completion of a Certificate in Digital Journalism, students can enter the workforce and/or continue their baccalaureate studies.

Jobs with a Certificate in Digital Journalism

  • Announcer- Present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests. Median Annual Salary: $42,000.
  • Social media specialist- Communicates with the public through platforms that allow users to create and share content online. Median Annual Salary: $57,000.

GI Bill®-Approved Colleges Offering Certificates in Digital Journalism

Ready to start your Certificate in Digital Journalism? Check out these great programs at our partner schools:

Moorpark College Moorpark College has programs for a Digital Public Relations Certificate and a Digital Storytelling Certificate. These certificates are offered in conjunction with Moorpark’s Associate of Arts in Digital Journalism and Public Relations. Moorpark College is a GI Bill® approved school, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Moorpark College is also a MyCAA approved school.

Associate Degree in Digital Journalism

An Associate Degree in Digital Journalism is a program designed to be completed in two years or less. An Associate Degree prepares students for careers in their chosen field of study. Students are also academically prepared should they choose to continue their studies to earn a bachelor’s degree.

An Associate Degree in Digital Journalism will expose students to a variety of writing, reporting, shooting, and editing skills through an amalgam of classroom and real world experiences.

Jobs with an Associate Degree in Digital Journalism

  • Entertainment reporter- Keep the public updated about current events and noteworthy information. Median Annual Salary: $49,000.
  • Broadcast technician– Set up, operate, and maintain the electrical equipment for media programs. Median Annual Salary: $50,000.

GI Bill-approved Colleges with an Associate Degree in Digital Journalism

Ready to start your Associate Degree in Digital Journalism? Check out these great programs at our partner schools:

Moorpark College Offers an Associate of Arts in Digital Journalism and Public Relations. Moorpark College also has programs for a Digital Public Relations Certificate and a Digital Storytelling Certificate. Moorpark College is a GI Bill® approved school, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Moorpark College is also a MyCAA approved school.

Bachelor’s Degree in Digital Journalism

A comprehensive Bachelor’s program will focus on traditional journalism competencies (such as writing, reporting, and editing) while having students master skills such as photography, video, design, and audio. Students will learn to leverage the power of digital and social media platforms to tell compelling stories and deliver strategic communications.

Jobs with a Bachelor’s in Digital Journalism

Examples of jobs when you have secured a bachelor’s degree in digital journalism.

  • Journalist- Keep the public updated about current events and noteworthy information. Median Annual Salary: $49,000.
  • Public relations specialist- Create and maintain a positive public image for the clients they represent. Median Annual Salary: $63,000.

GI Bill Approved Colleges Offering Digital Journalism Bachelor’s Degrees

Ready to start your Bachelor’s in Digital Journalism? Check out these great programs at our partner schools:

Ashland University- Offers a Bachelor’s in Digital Media Journalism. Ashland University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is a MyCAA approved school. Ashland University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Biola University- Offers a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Integrated Media with a Concentration in Digital Journalism. Biola University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP exam, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Biola University is a MyCAA approved school and Biola University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Master’s Degree in Digital Journalism

A student earning a Master’s in Digital Journalism will become an expert in their field. This degree is also an excellent stepping stone for those wishing to become post secondary teachers in the field, as well as those focusing on research and writing. Students seeking a Master’s in Digital Journalism will focus on excellence of all standards of digital journalism while adhering to the highest standards in the industry including in areas such as topic matter, diversity, inclusion, and ethics.

Jobs with a Digital Journalism Master’s

  • Author- Develops written content for various types of media. Median Annual Salary: $67,000.
  • Technical writer- Prepares instruction manuals, how-to guides, journal articles, and other supporting documents to communicate complex and technical information more easily. Median Annual Salary: $75,000.
  • Marketing manager– Plan programs to generate interest in products or services. Median Annual Salary: $142,000.

GI Bill Approved Schools with Digital Journalism Master’s

Ready to start your Master’s in Digital Journalism? Check out these great programs at our partner schools:

St. Bonaventure University– Offers a fully online Master of Arts in Digital Journalism. St. Bonaventure University has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, awards credit for the CLEP exam, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. St. Bonaventure University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

*All statistics and calculations from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. For more information click here.

 

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Technological Colleges and Universities for Military & Veterans

What is a Technological School and is it a Good Fit for Me?

A technological college or university offers specialized post-secondary education in a specific technological discipline. A college will offer undergraduate degrees including associate and bachelor’s degrees. A university will offer undergraduate degrees as well as graduate degrees, including master’s and doctoral degrees.

While an education rooted in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has come to the forefront of education in recent years, technological colleges and universities have been touting the benefits of this education for decades. A technological school specializes in:

  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Applied science
  • Natural sciences

Technological vs Technical

Although the terms “technological” and “technical” may be used interchangeably with some institutes of higher education, there are distinct differences. Theory and practical application are hallmarks of both technological and technical schools. Both technological and technical schools are also well known for students developing knowledge through real-life experience. However, technical schools have a stronger focus on training in a specific career while technological schools typically cast a wider net with their academics. Technical schools typically offer trades and manual arts such as woodworking, welding, cosmetology, etc. which are not readily found in technological schools. Technological schools tend to focus more on evolving technology, engineering, and other applied sciences.

4 Great Technological Colleges and Universities for Veterans and Military

New England: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT) is perhaps the most well known technological university in the US. It was founded in 1861 and consistently ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #2 in National Universities (US News)
  • #2 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

MIT has GI Bill approved programs, offers credit for military experience, and is approved for Tuition Assistance. MIT is a MyCAA approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

Mid-West: Lawrence Technological University

Lawrence Technological University was founded in 1932. Established during an innovation explosion that would change the world, the Fords provided space next to their Model T assembly plant. With this LTU realized the dream of preparing leaders for the new technical era and this still holds true almost 100 years later.

Lawrence Technological University ranks high on best of lists including:

  • #37 in Regional Universities Midwest (US News)
  • #43 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #61 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Best Value Colleges in Michigan (Niche)
  • #40 in Best Colleges for Architecture in America (Niche)

Lawrence Technological University is a GI Bill approved school, offers credit for military experience, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. LTU is approved for Tuition Assistance and is a proud member of the Yellow Ribbon program.

Southeast: Georgia Institute of Technology

The Georgia Institute of Technology (or Georgia Tech) is a technology focused college in Atlanta, Ga, and one of the top research universities in the USA. Georgia Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #38 in National Universities (US News)
  • #16 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #4 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #10 in Top Public Schools (US News)

Georgia Tech is a GI Bill approved school and is approved for Tuition Assistance. Georgia Tech proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

West Coast: California Institute of Technology

The California Institute of Technology is located in beautiful Pasadena, California. Companies such as Intel, Compaq, and Hotmail were founded by Caltech alumni. Cal Tech consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #9 in National Universities (US News)
  • #15 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #11 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

Cal Tech is a GI Bill approved school and proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon program.

 

 

 

Polytechnic Schools for Military & Veterans

Polytechnic Schools

What is a Polytechnic School and is it a Good Fit for Me?

A polytechnic school offers specialized secondary and post-secondary education in a specific discipline. The appeal of polytechnic schools is that these programs specialize in developing graduates with applied abilities. These polytechnic schools and programs are related to specific trades including:

  • architecture
  • engineering
  • business and information technology
  • cosmetology
  • early childhood education
  • health care
  • legal professions
  • social services
  • nursing
  • teacher training
  • technical trades and manual arts such as woodworking, welding, etc.

Theory and practical application along with training in a specific profession are hallmarks of an excellent polytechnic school. Students are encouraged to develop knowledge through real-life experience.

Polytechnic Schools and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

Polytechnic schools are the original purveyors of a STEM education. While STEM has come to the forefront of education in recent years, polytechnic schools have been around for almost 200 years!

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the oldest polytechnic founded back in 1824.  Even Virginia Tech was founded all the way back in 1872! Starting in the 1800s with education and training in domestic economy (such as home economics, family and consumer sciences) and growing to include the STEM education of the 21st century (including aeronautics and astronautics), polytechnic schools have been offering a fantastic education and a solid career path for students for centuries.

6 Great Polytechnic Colleges

Here are six great GI Bill-approved Polytechnic colleges across the country.

East Coast Polytechnic University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University officially opened in 1872. Fondly known as Virginia Tech, this highly-regarded school takes a hands-on approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities by transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership.

Virginia Tech ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best College Campuses in America (Niche)
  • #13 in Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #30 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #13 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Virginia Tech offers the following veteran and military support programs:

Southeast Polytechnic University

Florida Polytechnic University is a very young university, officially founded in 2012. Yet, this young STEM school already ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Regional Colleges South (US News)
  • #31 in Best Value Schools (US News)

Florida Poly participates in many of the veteran education benefits programs available through the Department of Veteran Affairs including the GI Bill and Purple Heart Waiver.

West Coast Polytechnic Universities

California State Polytechnic University has two great campuses to choose from. California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo, with its “learn-by-doing” philosophy was established in 1901. Cal Poly Pomona followed, opening in 1938. Both Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo are part of the 23-campus California State University system. Both schools consistently rank high on “Best of” lists including:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

  • #2 in Regional Universities West (US News)
  • #1 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #3 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)
  • #1 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

Cal Poly Pomona

  • #14 in Regional Universities West (US News)
  • #6 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)
  • #3 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #3 in Top Public Schools (US News)

Midwest Polytechnic School

Iowa State University of Science and Technology (Iowa State University) was founded in the 1850s. In 1872, Iowa State became the first university in the nation to offer training in domestic economy for college credit. In 1879, the School of Veterinary Science started and ISU became the first state veterinary college in the United States.

Iowa State University offers the following veteran and military support programs:

  • Iowa State University is a GI Bill® approved school
  • Has a Student Veterans of America chapter
  • Offers credit for military experience
  • Awards credit for the CLEP exam
  • Approved for Tuition Assistance
  • Iowa State University is a Yellow Ribbon school
  • Iowa State University is a MyCAA approved school.

Oldest Polytechnic School in America

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1824, making Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute the first technological university in the English-speaking world. The university offers degrees from five schools: Architecture; Engineering; Science; Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences; and the Lally School of Management.

Rensselaer consistently ranks on “Best of” lists including:

  • #26 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #55 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #46 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)
  • #19 in Best Colleges for Information Technology in America (Niche)
  • #25 in Best Colleges for Architecture in America (Niche)
  • #28 in Best Colleges for Computer Science in America (Niche)

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and is approved for tuition assistance.

 

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Debating the 90/10 Rule in Veteran Education

Three Sides of Two Coins: The 90/10 Dilemma

In October, 2021, the Department of Education (DoE) began rewriting regulations that could negatively impact for-profit schools. It is possible that the DoE could create tighter restrictions by imposing limitations on what for-profit schools can count as “non-federal revenue sources”. These limitations, both current and projected, form the basis of the 90/10 Rule.

The 90/10 Rule

Conceptually, the rule is simple: for-profit schools can receive no more than 90 percent of their revenue from federal “Title IX” student aid programs. 

The inverse of that statement is: for profit schools are expected to make at least 10 percent of their revenue from other than federal sources.

Currently, the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs do not count as federal student aid classified by Title IX definitions. Which means that any VA benefits received by any school do not count against the 90% limit on federal funding. They count towards the 10% of non-federally funded revenue.

However, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 plans to expand those definitions to include ALL federal education benefit programs, like those used by military and veteran students. The law is set to take effect in 2023.

Debating the 90/10 Rule

Advocates for this change, which includes some veterans’ organizations, are excited that the “90/10 loophole” will be closed by congressional action. The “loophole”, to which it is commonly referred, alludes to the predatory practice of some for-profit institutions who heavily incentivise the recruitment of military and veteran students.

This predation on veteran students does not seem to be isolated. Some states like Maryland have passed their own state-level limitations on for-profit schools in response to these problems. Maryland’s new education law will also take effect in 2023.

Organizations like Veterans Education Success have taken a strong stance against for-profit institutions, claiming that the 90/10 Rule “gives for-profit colleges an incentive to see service members as nothing more than dollar signs in uniform”. 

The Veterans Education Success also released an article documenting the findings by the Department of Education that for-profit colleges used the GI Bill and Tuition Assistance programs to “skirt the 90/10 regulation”. You can find the article here: New Analysis Finds Many For-Profit Colleges Skirt Federal Funding Limits (Dec. 2016).

However, critics of the legislation, to include the Veterans Education Project, are speaking out about what they consider an unfair targeting of for-profit institutions.

The Opposition to the 90/10 Rule’s Existence

The Veterans Education Project published a punchy response, titled Collateral Damage, in which the VEP decried the 90/10 rule as outdated. It is a good title and one that advertises their opposition well.

The rationale for the policy is that a worthwhile educational provider should be able to attract other sources of revenue beyond federal grants and loans, and that students should be willing to put some of their own money toward their education.

The VEP refers to the notion of a student or family contribution as having “skin in the game”, which, in my opinion, has got to be the most-repeated phrase threaded throughout their 23-page response to the 90/10 Rule. 

Even so, one of their most concise arguments, and one that makes a lot of sense, highlights the inconsistencies between the 90/10 Rule and other federal rules. The meat of their argument revolves around the use of the Student Aid Index, a new name coming in 2022 for the current Expected Family Contribution (EFC).

The EFC is calculated for federal aid by projecting the amount of money the student or the student’s family can contribute to higher education. The VEP cites the Department of Education data indicating that 40% of undergraduate students have an EFC of $0. 

This means that if a student can’t contribute any money toward their education, and is then required to take out federal funding, then the for-profit schools must charge a higher price for education to ensure that the federal loans only account for 90% of the total revenue.

When framed in that manner, the “skin in the game” paradigm makes little sense. However, it is all about framing and rhetoric, as both advocates and opponents to the 90/10 Rule argue for what they think is best for the student.

A History of Best Intentions

Land-Grant College Act of 1862

Federal involvement in education can be traced back to the 19th century with the Land-Grant College Act of 1862. Also known as the Morrill Act, this legislation provided federal land grants to states in order to finance the establishment of colleges.

The Morrill Act granted 30,000 acres of land to each state for each congressional seat it possessed. Some states sold the land to start schools, while others gave the money to existing colleges to create agriculture and mechanic (A&M) schools.

As an interesting note, all land-grant schools were required to have military training as part of their curriculum, which led to the formation of the Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC).

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944

In June, 1944, President Roosevelt signed into law the Servicemen’s Readjustment Act which gave WWII veterans money for college, unemployment insurance, and housing. It is the first instance of federal money being given for the purposes of financing higher education.

Since the establishment of the GI Bill of Rights in 1944, the possibility of making access to college more equitable has gained tremendous attention. The reasoning, it is supposed, is that if the federal government can grant college money to veterans, then why can’t it do the same for lower income students.

The Growing Beast of Financial Aid

In 1958, Congress passed the National Defense Education Act which gave low-interest loans to college students. If, after graduating, students became teachers, then their loan debts were cancelled.

In 1972, legislators determined that funding aid directly to the student, rather than to the colleges and universities, was the best way to make higher education more accessible to low income families.

This is also the year that the legislative verbiage changed from “higher education” to the more inclusive “postsecondary education”. The goal was to highlight that there were other options available besides the full-time, four-year college experience.

As it relates to the 90/10 Rule debate, it was also in 1972 that for-profit schools, also called proprietary schools, were granted full rights to participate in the Title IX programs.

The Proliferation of Education Profiteering

From a business standpoint, it is not surprising that for-profit institutions are responsive to policies impacting federal student aid. Their livelihood depends on it.

From the early 1970s and throughout the 1980s and 1990’s, the for-profit industry exploded as a result of their inclusion in federal programs. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, though. Hundreds of for-profit schools emerged, many in low-income metropolitan areas. 

These schools not only offered programs in business, but they also brought other vital training that would feed employment opportunities to those disadvantaged students. Programs in welding, mechanics, truck driving, and other trades certainly helped keep some people away from poverty.

So, what’s the big deal?

As in every business industry, there were some for-profit schools that abused the federal aid programs, which obviously prompted a legislative response. As a result of this bad publicity and congressional intervention, the for-profit industry shrank considerably.

But that didn’t eliminate the problem. It just eliminated the number of players in the education game that provide learning opportunities to students around the country. This, on its face, is the foundation of VEP’s objection to the 90/10 rule. 

They argue that most for-profit schools offer legitimate learning opportunities, which is true. The VEP also argues that the instruction received at for-profit schools, which ties directly to student outcomes, is comparable to public and private colleges and universities that are not proprietary in nature.

Another part of the VEP’s argument is rightfully focused on the provable outcomes faced by students at these public and private universities. Not every student that starts a program finishes it. Not every student that graduates goes on to make a middle-class income. Many do, but not all. 

So, by comparing the outcomes between both the for-profit schools and the gargantuan non-profit university systems around the country, the VEP has created the image of equal-footing between proprietary schools and every other school.

But are they equal?

All schools that remain eligible to receive VA benefits on behalf of their veteran students must adhere to rigid protocols and regulations. There is now this idea that for-profit institutions are being unfairly targeted for simply being “for-profit”. When you read the VEP’s rebuttal of the 90/10 Rule, you get the sense that they stopped just short of labeling the current legislation as “prejudicial”.

In a sense, all legislation is prejudicial, as it judges some things to be good and others to be bad. It accepts certain social and universal behaviors, and it rejects others. So, the legislation that places limitations on for-profit schools should not be seen as unfairly targeting proprietary institutions, despite what the VEP says.

Legislation changes, which is why they wrote Collateral Damage. They have every right to be concerned, but so does the government.

A Different Perspective

If you take a satellite view of the situation, here’s what it looks like to me. The federal government, through taxation and legislation, funds the federal student aid programs that make up a hefty portion of the annual budget.

This means that the taxpayers are the ones who ultimately fund the education grants and loans issued by the federal government. The money doesn’t care if it ends up in the vaults of a non-profit or the coffers of a for-profit school. The distinction, and the reason for federal intervention on behalf of the taxpayer, lies in the category in which each school falls.

When federal funding is granted to students and used at non-profit institutions, there is an understanding that the school brings value to the outcome of the student’s life, even if they fail. Even if they do not make a billion dollars over the course of their life. These institutions are not-for-profit, even if they do in fact make a profit. It’s how they’re classified.

Now, when federal funding, or taxpayer funding, is granted to a student and used at a for-profit institution, there is the understanding that the school is a business first, and an institute of higher learning second. When student outcomes, like graduating and making decent money, are less than what was advertised, then there is a consumer concern. 

For-profit schools are run like a business, because they are, in fact, businesses. And yet, they are businesses that draw most of their revenue from the federal government through student aid. In essence, taxpayer funding is paying for a large majority of the revenue received by for-profit schools.

Because of this, it seems to weaken the notion that for-profit schools should be somehow protected from the forces of the market. They are businesses, so shouldn’t they live and die based on the market’s desire for their products?

The answer should be “yes”.

These proprietary institutions should want their education services to be desirable enough to attract consumers of all kinds, not just the veterans. But, since many for-profit schools have tied their very existence to programs like the GI Bill, they are in danger of closing if they can not update their policies before the changes take effect.

Countdown to 2023

It must be known that I am not for or against proprietary schools. I think they have a place in society and educate thousands of students every year. In fact, in today’s terms, wouldn’t Plato’s Academy be considered for-profit?

The fundamental flaw that I see in the argument against the 90/10 Rule is that for-profit institutions want more than anything to have the protections of their non-profit counterparts. This is understandable, but all of their problems exist at a legal level.

No one forced these proprietary schools to organize and register themselves as “for-profit”. It was an entrepreneurial drive that founded most proprietary schools. I will also concede, though, that forming a nonprofit college or university is much harder to do. Which means that the decision to become a for-profit institution was done with the knowledge that they will operate both in the realms of business and education for the duration of their existence.

Students First

Ultimately, it’s about what is best for the student. Whether those students are veterans, come from homes below the poverty line, or even if they hail from other countries, no one wants to have a poor education. 

To my mind, education is one of the most valuable investments anyone can make in their lives. I believe that an educated citizenry is the foundation of a free society. Knowledge should be available for everyone.

It is foolish, however, to think that education will cause everyone to agree on everything. Humans have disagreed on most things for as long as we’ve walked this planet. But education does grant the freedom to think differently, and even dissent from what is popular at the time.

This extends to the 90/10 debate. I believe that both sides are arguing for what’s best, both for their students and, as it directly ties to their livelihood, their schools. I don’t want to see good schools go under because of a whimsical legislative change. But I also don’t want to see bad schools continue to dupe students and taxpayers.

This debate is sure to heat up as we draw closer to the deadline. In 2022, there will certainly be significant developments as the Department of Education rewrites the rules for federal student aid.

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Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

To obtain a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) demonstrates professional mastery in the business arena. Many veterans find that transitioning into the business world to be a natural step after the completion of their service to the country.

CollegeRecon has created a list of the top 10 MBA programs for veterans.

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Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The Wall Street Journal’s methodology encompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon MBA Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Rice University

The Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University proudly participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program at the maximum possible level. To that end, once your Chapter 33 annual cap has been exceeded, Rice Business school covers half the remaining costs with a Yellow Ribbon Scholarship.

This could mean that eligible veterans may have their FULL tuition covered by the Jones School of Business.

Additionally, the university hosts the Rice Business Veterans Association which provides assistance to transitioning veterans and their families.

#9: Washington University in Saint Louis

Each year, Washington University offers 150 graduate business students the max allowable contributions through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Participation is first-come, first-served. So if you intend on using Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you must let the school know as early as possible.

Washington University also hosts a Student Veteran Association (SVA) chapter that offers support and assistance for military-connected students. 

Specifically for MBA students, the Olin Veterans Association (OVA) assists the Olin Business School veteran students transition into the business world

#8: Columbia University

Columbia University’s graduate school of Business allows an unlimited number of students to participate in its Yellow Ribbon Program. The maximum contribution amount the school will pay per student is $20,000.

Furthermore, to receive veterans benefits at Columbia, students must submit a Veterans Request for Certification for each term they’d like to receive benefits. This is not an automatic process at Columbia.

The Columbia Business School hosts the Military in Business Association (MiBA) veteran student group. This community offers support to Columbia’s veteran population by providing advocacy and skills development through their network of professionals.

#7: University of Pennsylvania

Penn’s prestigious Wharton School of Business allows for unlimited Yellow Ribbon Program availability for veterans in their MBA program. Additionally, Wharton students can receive up to $20,000 provided by Penn to match their VA contributions.

The VA provided Certificate of Eligibility must be submitted to the School Certifying Official, which is located in the Registrar’s office.

The Wharton Business School is also home to the Veterans Club, which offers community and support to its veteran student population. This is an important aspect of life at Wharton, where only about 5% of the students are veterans.

#6: Cornell University

All degree granting schools at Cornell University voluntarily participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. For graduate students, there is a limit to the number of participants each year.

Veteran students must qualify for a 100% entitlement as demonstrated with their VA Certificate of Eligibility. To notify the school of your Yellow Ribbon eligibility, complete Cornell’s Yellow Ribbon program application.

Cornell University maintains a robust Military Community offering programs and services to military and veteran students.

#5: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $18,000.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#4: Johns Hopkins University

Johns Hopkins’ Carey Business School maintains the annual tuition cap of $10,000 for 25 eligible veteran students. The VA will match that $10,000 and apply it towards tuition.

Johns Hopkins eagerly directs their students with information about Scholarships for MBA Students to ensure their successful completion of their MBA program.

The Carey Student Veteran Network is a support group led by students to provide networking support to military and veteran students. The CSVN partners with local organizations like FourBlock, 6th Branch, the Mission Continues, and Team River Runner, to help veteran students transition into academic and professional success.

#3: Brown University

Brown’s annual Yellow Ribbon Program contribution to graduate veteran students is $7,500. This support also extends to spouses and dependents who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The Brown University Student Veterans Society (BUSVS) has helped foster a supportive veteran community since 2009. The BUSVS plays an integral part of raising awareness for issues faced by veterans in their student community.

Brown University is also home to PAVE, the Peer Advisors for Veteran Education group. This is a peer support program that connects new military-connected students with student veterans already on campus. This approach plugs veteran students into the pipeline of resources and support during their academic journey.

#2: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT’s Sloan School of Management allows 30 students into their Yellow Ribbon Program. Sloan also offers up to $20,000 per student annually in their partnership with the VA.

The MIT Sloan Veterans Club helps veteran business students transition to academic life by offering support and counseling. It also offers access to exclusive networking and job opportunities.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Business School grants unlimited Yellow Ribbon access to veteran students in their MBA programs. The maximum contribution, which will also be matched by the VA, is $20,000 per year.

Harvard’s Armed Forces Alumni Association assists student veterans with professional development and job search resources. The club also helps raise awareness for the military-connected students on Harvard’s Business School campus.

From Battlefields to Business

Our nation’s veterans endure tremendous stress during their military service. It is not surprising that many veterans transition into the Business arena, for they have the grit and leadership skills necessary to succeed.

Earning an MBA, especially through any of these superb institutes of higher learning, will distinguish you from others in the business world. The VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program will assist with your education goals.

Get started on the path of your choosing today!

 

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10 Top Law Schools with Yellow Ribbon Programs

The Top Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

Not all colleges and universities are created equal. While attending college is a dream for most people, choosing where to apply can be a tough challenge.

For this reason, CollegeRecon compiled a list of the top ten law schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) initiative that can extend the duration of GI Bill benefits.

RELATED: Veteran’s Guide for Going to Law School

Choosing the Top 10

There are thousands of colleges in the United States, and sifting through them all is a huge undertaking. The Wall Street Journal 2022 College Ranking List formed the foundation of our analysis. Based on their results, we present to you the best schools that participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Wall Street Journal’s Methodology

The Wall Street Journal’s College Ranking focuses on student success and learning achievement. The WSJ looks for key indicators that illuminate issues related to student engagement, interaction with teachers, and overall satisfaction with their education.

The methodology emcompasses four important areas of analysis:

  1. Resources – “Does the college have the capacity to effectively deliver teaching?”
  2. Engagement – “Does the college effectively engage with students?”
  3. Outcomes – “Does the college generate good and appropriate outputs?”
  4. Environment – Is the college providing a good learning environment for all students?”

The results of their survey helped determine which schools were better than others relating to these key areas. For more information, read the full Wall Street Journal College Rankings 2022 methodology.

RELATED: Vet Success on Campus

CollegeRecon’s Top 10 Yellow Ribbon Law Schools

After sorting the schools by program, we eliminated the ones that did not participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. So, the schools that follow are the top schools, in order of the WSJ ranking, that do participate in this VA program.

#10: Michigan State University

The Student Veterans Resource Center at MSU promotes educational and career advancement of military students. MSU ensures that veterans have the resources they need to get a quality education. These include:

  1. Financial Aid application support
  2. Transition services
  3. Career development
  4. Employment and Internship opportunities
  5. VA benefit and health assistance
  6. Space for meetings, studying, and socializing

Additionally, the MSU Disabled Veterans Assistance Program allows for “new and returning veterans with a military related disability who are Michigan residents working on their first baccalaureate degree” to qualify for a full-cost financial aid package without loans.

#9: University of California – Santa Barbara

The UCSB Veteran Resource Center exists to support Veterans in their transition and academically. They will help you apply for education benefits with the VA, find housing for you and your family, and offer general counseling during your academic career.

There is also an active Student Veterans of America (SVA) chapter at UCSB. This great Veteran community is an invaluable resource on the path to your degree.

#8: Tulane University

The Student Veterans Services (SVS) office provides veteran students with assistance while attending school. Tulane’s SVS department also acts as a liaison between the student and the regional VA office.

In 2019 Tulane University implemented a requirement that all student veterans using VA education benefits must complete a mandatory Veterans Enrollment Form. A new form is required each semester, and it appears to be in addition to, not a replacement of, other reporting required by the VA.

#7: University of Richmond

This school offers a maximum of $5,000 to each of 25 student veterans for the school year. This is the amount that will be matched by the VA. The funds are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

For consideration, you must

  • Be accepted into a degree program, AND
  • Submit a Certificate of Eligibility from the VA to the School Certifying Official (SCO)

There doesn’t appear to be a specific office for assisting student veterans. The Yellow Ribbon Program contact is from the Registrar’s Office.

#6: University of Wisconsin – Madison

The University Veteran Services (UVS) encourages their student veterans to apply for both the Post-9/11 GI Bill and the Wisconsin GI Bill

Additionally, UW-Madison has their own Benefit Eligibility Survey that they recommend student veterans take. This survey gathers information and offers specific guidance to the student regarding federal and state benefits that may apply.

You will also need a Certificate of Eligibility to secure a spot in the Yellow Ribbon Program. Space is limited, but it will cover fees for non-resident students eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

#5: University of Miami

The office of Veteran Student Services helps veteran students transition from the service to campus life. The university offers services such as:

  • The UM Counseling Center – offers specific programs  to the veteran student population
  • The Toppel Career Center – offers specific veteran student programs and career advising
  • Academic Resource Center – offers tutoring services
  • Student Health Service – assists with medical and insurance needs

The UM Law School offers a maximum of 15 Yellow Ribbon grants per year. These grants apply to Fall and Spring semesters only.

#4: Boston University

Boston University Veterans Services acts as an intermediary between the university and the VA. Once you are certified, your eligibility will automatically be certified each semester, which is a great benefit.

Boston University accepts 52 Yellow Ribbon Program participants each year, totalling $7,000 each ($3,500 from BU plus $3,500 from the VA). Once all the slots are filled, BU opens a waitlist that is populated chronologically based on when the applications are submitted.

Please note, being placed on the waitlist does not guarantee acceptance into the program.

#3: University of California – Berkeley

UC Berkeley’s Veteran Benefits office is located in the Office of the Registrar. In addition to providing assistance to veteran students and their families, they assist eligible students apply for the California Department of Veterans Affairs College Fee Waiver (Cal Vet) program.

To be eligible as a graduate student, i.e. law school, you must meet basic requirements (undergrad degree and minimum 3.0 GPA). However, there are limited spots in the program, and there are tons of applicants. There are also departmental requirements that must be satisfied.

Check out the Cal Veteran Services Center for graduate students to view their recommendations and requirements.

#2: Northwestern University

Northwestern’s Pritzker School of Law allows for unlimited participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program. It also has a maximum contribution of $99,999, which is one big reason why Northwestern is at the top of our list.

In addition to accepting every VA educational benefit, Northwestern also accepts the Illinois Veteran Grant and Tuition Assistance.

Moreover, the school hosts the Northwestern University Veterans Association, NUVA, which provides resources and support to its veteran students. Those resources include:

Check out Northwestern’s impressive page for Student Veterans’ Resources.

#1: Harvard University

The Harvard Law School is one of the nation’s most prestigious schools, and it proudly participates in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. This allows Harvard to offer additional funding to veterans for tuition and fees that exceed those covered by the GI Bill.

Harvard University has pledged to contribute the maximum amount matched by the Department of Veterans Affairs for all eligible veterans. For more information, check out Harvard’s VA and Military Benefits page.

Law School Within Reach

If you’ve dreamed of becoming a lawyer and legal professional, the schools listed above are the best ones that participate in the VA’s Yellow Ribbon Program. 

Furthermore, many of these schools offer benefits outside of the VA that can ensure you earn your coveted Juris Doctor or LLM. You can get there by using every benefit available to you!

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Air Force ROTC Scholarships and Colleges

Take Your Career to the Next Level with the Air Force ROTC Scholarship

The Air Force ROTC program develops tomorrow’s leaders by preparing college students to become officers in the U.S. Air Force.

Opportunity Beyond Education

In addition to the amazing benefits offered by the Air Force ROTC program, students get hands-on leadership development through classes and exercises. 

As soon as you complete your degree and commission into the Air Force, you will immediately serve at the Manager career level.

Additionally, you receive excellent pay and benefits that include healthcare, housing allowance, and travel opportunities.

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Air Force ROTC Program Requirements

Academic

Cadets are held to the highest academic standards. You must be willing to put in the time and effort to successfully complete your studies.

Fitness

All ROTC cadets must meet the weight and fitness standards established by the U.S. Air Force. This is not only for professionalism and appearance in uniform, but also for mission readiness.

Medical

All cadets must pass a Department of Defense Medical Examination Review Board (DODMERB) medical exam.

Enlisted Requirements

The Air Force ROTC program offers several options for current active-duty enlisted personnel. Since the program requirements change frequently, consult the Enlisted Commissioning Programs website for the most up-to-date information.

The Service Commitments

After completing their degree and accepting a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force, you can expect a service commitment.

Most officers incur a four-year active-duty service commitment, while Pilots have a 10-year commitment. Those serving as Combat Systems Officers or Air Battle Managers take on a six year service obligation upon completion of training.

Nursing graduates accept a commission into the Air Force Nurse Corps and serve for four active years after completing their licensing exam.

Air Force ROTC Scholarship Options

High School Scholarships

There are three scholarship types for high school students.

    1. Type 1 – This scholarship pays full tuition (100%) and any authorized fees at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. Cadets with this scholarship will also receive stipends for monthly living expenses and books.
    2. Type 2 – This scholarship pays up to $18,000 per year in college tuition, along with any authorized fees at any institution with an AFROTC detachment. Type 2 recipients will also receive monthly stipends for books and living expenses.
    3. Type 7 – This scholarship also covers full tuition expenses (100%), but only at public institutions with an AFROTC detachment. The monthly expense and books stipends also apply to Type 7 recipients.

NOTE: Air Force ROTC Scholarships do NOT cover room and board.

The annual book stipend is $900 per academic year, and the monthly stipend increases based on a student’s status:

    • Freshman = $300
    • Sophomore = $350
    • Junior = $450
    • Senior = $500

All High School Scholarship recipients are entitled to have their travel expenses covered from their home of record to their AFROTC detachment’s location. 

The Scholarship application window is open through January 13, 2022. Apply now!

Enlisted Airman Scholarship

There are two scholarship options for currently enlisted Airmen.

First, the Airman Scholarship & Commissioning Program (ASCP) allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and receive a scholarship for up to $18,000 per academic year.

ASCP candidates will enroll in the AFROTC program as a cadet and become full-time college students. They will receive a monthly textbook allowance and stipend for living expenses.

Next is the Scholarships for Outstanding Airmen to ROTC (SOAR) program. The SOAR program allows enlisted personnel to separate from active duty and attend college full-time. This scholarship is also worth up to $18,000 per academic year.

For either of the Enlisted Airmen Scholarship options, all cadets must complete their bachelor’s degrees and commissioning requirements within four years. Additionally, the time spent at school does NOT count towards their total Time in Service (TIS).

The annual book stipend is $900 per academic year, and the monthly stipend increases based on a student’s status:

    • Freshman = $300
    • Sophomore = $350
    • Junior = $450
    • Senior = $500

Moreover, many prior-service enlisted members separate from active-duty and attend college with their GI Bill benefits. Get started and apply now!

College Student Scholarships

There are even scholarships available for you if you’re already in a military friendly college or other institutions. Freshman and sophomore students may be eligible for the In-College Scholarship Program (ICSP).

The ICSP awards scholarships based on merit during either the Fall or Spring selection phases.

There are three types of scholarships within the ICSP:

    1. Type 1 – This is reserved for the Commanders’ In-College Scholarships (CICS) which are offered to cadets pursuing a technical major. It covers 100% of tuition costs at any public or private institution with an AFROTC detachment. An annual book stipend and monthly expense stipend are included.
    2. Type 2 – This is awarded to cadets selected through the ICSP and pays up to $18,000 of tuition per academic year. An annual book stipend and monthly expense stipend are included.
    3. Nursing – The Air Force Nursing Scholarship Program offers competitive scholarships to undergraduate sophomores and juniors. Applicants must be accepted to a nursing program at a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Check out the College Student Scholarship types and their requirements. Apply now!

Air Force ROTC Non-Scholarship Options

Cadets in ROTC are not limited to only those seeking the scholarship option. 

While most students are seeking education funding, applicants who are not selected or choose not to apply for AFROTC scholarships can still participate in the ROTC program. By doing so, it is possible that they will be considered for other scholarship opportunities as they arise.

Even if you’re not applying for the ROTC scholarship, you should still submit your application online. Doing so does does two things:

  1. It shows your intent to participate in the AFROTC program
  2. It puts you in contact with an AFROTC admissions officer.

To apply, head to the Air Force ROTC Account Request page to get the process moving.

Another option is to sign up for AFROTC classes when you arrive at college.

Air Force ROTC Colleges and Universities

The following lists all the current colleges and universities with Air Force ROTC Detachments.

The host university is linked and has the ROTC detachment. Those institutions bulleted under each host university are those that participate through the linked school.

For more information about any of the detachments, follow the links to their main page. This list is for information purposes only, so please contact each ROTC detachment directly for assistance.

Alabama

Auburn University

  • Southern Union State Community College

University of Alabama

  • Marion Military Institute
  • Shelton State Community College
  • Stillman College
  • University of West Alabama

Samford University

  • Birmingham-Southern College
  • Jefferson State Community College
  • Miles College
  • University of Alabama – Birmingham
  • University of Montevallo

University of South Alabama

  • Spring Hill College
  • University of Mobile

Tuskegee University

Troy University

Alabama State University

  • Auburn University – Montgomery
  • Faulkner University
  • Huntingdon College
  • Troy University Montgomery

Alaska

University of Alaska Anchorage

  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Alaska Pacific University

Arizona

University of Arizona

  • Pima Community College

Arizona State University

  • Estrella Mountain Community College
  • Gateway Community College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Maricopa Community School District
  • Mesa Community College
  • Paradise Valley Community College
  • Park University
  • Phoenix College
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • Arizona Christian University
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • Southern Mountain Community College

Northern Arizona University

  • Coconino Community College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Prescott

Arkansas

University of Arkansas

  • John Brown University
  • Northeast Arkansas Community College
  • University of Arkansas – Fort Smith

California

California State University – Fresno

  • Reedley College
  • Merced College

California State University – San Bernardino

  • Barstow College
  • California State Polytechnic University
  • Chaffey Community College
  • College of the Desert
  • Crafton Hills Community College
  • Mount San Antonio College
  • Riverside Community College
  • San Bernardino Valley College
  • Victor Valley College
  • Saddleback College
  • University of California – Irvine
  • University of La Verne
  • University of California – Riverside
  • Antelope Valley College
  • Azusa Pacific University
  • Chapman University
  • California Baptist University
  • Loma Linda University
  • University of the Redlands
  • Mt. San Jacinto Community College

Loyola-Marymount University

  • Biola University
  • Los Angeles Harbor College
  • Marymount Palos Verdes College
  • Mount Saint Mary
  • National University
  • Vanguard University of Southern California
  • Webster University
  • West Los Angeles College
  • Westmont College
  • College of the Canyons
  • Los Angeles City College
  • Los Angeles Trade Technical College
  • Santa Ana College
  • Whittier College
  • The Master’s University

San Jose State University

  • De Anza College
  • Foothill College
  • Menlo College
  • Mission College
  • Ohlone College
  • Santa Clara University
  • Stanford University
  • West Valley College
  • University of California – Santa Cruz
  • San Jose City College

University of California – Los Angeles

  • California Lutheran University
  • California State University – Long Beach
  • California State University – Dominguez Hills
  • California State University – Fullerton
  • California State University – Los Angeles
  • California State University – Northridge
  • Los Angeles Mission College
  • Los Angeles Pierce College
  • Los Angeles Southwest College
  • Los Angeles Valley College
  • Moorpark College
  • Santa Monica College
  • University of California – Santa Barbara

University of Southern California

  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Claremont University – The Graduate School
  • Compton Community College
  • Cypress College
  • East Los Angeles College
  • El Camino College
  • Glendale Community College
  • Golden West College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Hope International University
  • Long Beach City College
  • Occidental College
  • Orange Coast College
  • Pasadena City College
  • Pepperdine University
  • Pitzer College
  • Pomona College
  • Rio Hondo College
  • Scripps College
  • Ventura College
  • Fullerton College

San Diego State University

  • California State University – San Marcos
  • San Diego Christian College
  • Cuyamaca Community College
  • Grossmont Community College
  • Mira Costa College
  • Palomar College
  • Point Loma Nazarene College
  • San Diego City College
  • San Diego Mesa College
  • San Diego Miramar College
  • Southwestern College
  • University of California – San Diego
  • University of San Diego
  • California Western School of Law
  • Alliant International University: California School of Management and Leadership
  • Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – San Diego

University of California – Berkeley

  • Canada College
  • Chabot College
  • City College of San Francisco
  • College of Alameda
  • Notre Dame De Namur University
  • College of San Mateo
  • Contra Costa College
  • Diablo Valley College
  • Dominican University of California
  • Holy Names University
  • Laney College
  • Las Positas College
  • Los Medanos College
  • Merritt College
  • Mills College
  • Saint Mary’s College of California
  • Samuel Merritt College
  • San Francisco State University
  • Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Solano County Community College
  • Sonoma State University
  • University of San Francisco
  • California State University – East Bay
  • Berkeley City College
  • California Maritime Academy
  • Hartnell Community College

California State University – Sacramento

  • American River Community College
  • Cosumnes River Community College
  • Delta Community College Stockton
  • Sacramento City Community College
  • Sierra Community College
  • University of California – Davis
  • University of the Pacific
  • Yuba College
  • William Jessup University – Rocklin
  • Drexel University – Sacramento
  • Folsom Lake College

Colorado

Colorado State University

  • Aims Community College
  • Front Range Community College
  • University of Northern Colorado

University of Colorado – Boulder

  • Arapahoe Community College
  • Colorado Christian University
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Denver University
  • Metropolitan State University
  • Regis University
  • University of Colorado Health Science Center
  • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs
  • University of Colorado – Denver
  • Colorado Technical University

Devry University – Denver

Connecticut

University of Connecticut

  • Central Connecticut State University
  • Eastern Connecticut State
  • University of Hartford
  • Connecticut College

Yale University

  • Fairfield University
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Sacred Heart University
  • Southern Connecticut State University
  • University of New Haven
  • Wesleyan University
  • Western Connecticut State University

Delaware

University of Delaware

  • Delaware State University
  • Delaware Technical and Community College
  • Wilmington College

District of Columbia

Howard University

  • University of the District of Columbia

Georgia

University of Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Agnes Scott College
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Clayton State College
  • Emory University
  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Southern Polytechnic State University
  • Spelman College
  • Oglethorpe University
  • Mercer University Atlanta
  • State University of West Georgia
  • Morehouse College

Valdosta State University

  • Georgia Military College
  • Park University

Hawaii

University of Hawaii – Manda

  • Chaminade University of Honolulu
  • Hawaii Pacific University
  • Honolulu Community College
  • Kapiolani Community College
  • Leeward Community College
  • University of Hawaii – West Oahu
  • Windward Community College

Idaho

University of Idaho

Lewis-Clark State College

Illinois

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

  • Parkland College

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Chicago State University
  • Elmhurst College
  • College of Dupage
  • Governors State University
  • Lewis University
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • North Central College
  • North Park University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Saint Xavier University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois – Chicago
  • Wheaton College
  • Depaul University

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

  • John A. Logan
  • Southeast Missouri State University

Saint Louis University

  • Southwestern Illinois College
  • McKendree University
  • Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville
  • Lindenwood University – Belleville

Indiana

Indiana University

  • Butler University
  • Depauw University
  • Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

Indiana State University

  • Ivy Tech Community College

Purdue University

University of Notre Dame

  • Bethel College
  • Holy Cross
  • Indiana University at South Bend
  • Saint Mary’s College
  • Valparaiso University
  • Trine University

University of Louisville

  • Indiana University Southeast

Iowa

Iowa State University

  • Drake University
  • Des Moines Area Community College
  • Grandview University

University of Iowa

  • Coe College
  • Kirkwood Community College

University of Nebraska – Omaha

  • Iowa Western Community College – Council Bluff

Marquette University

  • Upper Iowa University

Kansas

Kansas State University

  • Manhattan Christian College
  • Washburn University
  • Barton Community College – Fort Riley
  • Kansas State University Polytechnic Campus

University of Kansas

  • Baker University
  • Mid-America Nazarene College
  • University of Saint Mary
  • Benedictine College
  • Donnelly College
  • Haskell Indian Nations University
  • Johnson County Community College

Kentucky

University of Kentucky

  • Asbury University
  • Centre College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Georgetown College
  • Kentucky State University
  • Transylvania University
  • Bluegrass Community & Technical College

University of Louisville

  • Bellarmine University
  • Jefferson Community College
  • Spalding University

University of Cincinnati

  • Northern Kentucky University
  • Thomas More College
  • Gateway Community and Technical College

Tennessee State University

  • Western Kentucky University

Louisiana

Louisiana Tech University

  • Grambling State University
  • Louisiana Tech University
  • Northwestern State University

Louisiana State University

  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • Southern University and A&M College
  • Baton Rouge Community College

Tulane University

  • Delgado Community College
  • Dillard University
  • Louisiana State University Medical Center
  • Loyola University New Orleans
  • University of Holy Cross
  • Southern University at New Orleans
  • University of New Orleans
  • Xavier University of Louisiana

Maine

University of New Hampshire

  • University of Southern Maine

Maryland

University of Maryland

  • Anne Arundel Community College
  • Bowie State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Loyola University Maryland
  • Prince George’s Community College
  • Towson State University
  • University of Maryland – University College
  • University of Massachusetts – Baltimore County
  • College of Notre Dame of Maryland
  • Goucher College
  • Stevenson University
  • University of Baltimore
  • University of Maryland at Baltimore

Massachusetts

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

  • Anna Maria College
  • Assumption College
  • Becker College
  • Clark University
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Worcester State College
  • Quinsigamond Community College

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

  • Merrimack College
  • Middlesex Community College
  • Northern Essex Community College
  • Salem State University
  • Gordon College

Boston University

  • Boston College
  • Brandeis University
  • Bridgewater State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Simmons University
  • University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • Wentworth Institute of Technology
  • New England School of Law
  • Emmanuel College

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University
  • Wellesley College

University of Massachusetts

  • Amherst College
  • Mount Holyoke College
  • Smith College
  • Western New England University
  • Westfield State University
  • Bay Path University
  • American International College
  • College of Our Lady of the Elms
  • Springfield College
  • Springfield Technical Community College
  • Holyoke Community College

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
  • Williams College
  • Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

University of New Hampshire

  • Fitchburgh State University

Michigan

Michigan State University

  • Lansing Community College
  • Michigan State University – School of Law
  • Western Michigan University
  • Central Michigan University
  • Olivet College

University of Michigan

  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Lawrence Technological University
  • Oakland University
  • University of Michigan – Dearborn
  • University of Michigan – Flint
  • Wayne State University
  • Spring Arbor University

Michigan Technological University

  • Finlandia University

Minnesota

University of Saint Thomas

  • Anoka-Ramsey Community College
  • Augsburg College
  • Bethel University
  • Century College
  • St. Catherine University
  • Concordia University – St. Paul
  • Hamline University
  • Inver Hills Community College
  • Macalester College
  • Normandale Community College
  • North Central University
  • North Hennepin Community College
  • University of Northwestern
  • Mitchell Hamline School of Law

University of Minnesota Twin Cities

University of Minnesota – Duluth

  • College of Saint Scholastica
  • Lake Superior College

North Dakota State University

  • Concordia College – Moorhead
  • Minnesota State University – Moorhead
  • University of Minnesota – Crookston

Mississippi

Mississippi State University

  • Mississippi University for Women

University of Mississippi

University of Southern Mississippi

  • William Carey University
  • Pearl River Community College

Jackson State University

  • Belhaven University
  • Hinds Community College
  • Millsaps College
  • Mississippi College
  • Mississippi College School of Law
  • Tougaloo College

Missouri

Saint Louis University

  • University of Missouri – St. Louis
  • Washington University
  • Webster University
  • Harris-Stowe State University
  • Lindenwood University

University of Missouri – Columbia

  • Columbia College
  • University of Central Missouri
  • Stephens College
  • Westminster College
  • William Woods University
  • Central Methodist University

Missouri University of Science and Technology

Southern Illinois University – Carbondale

  • Southeast Missouri State University

Montana

Montana State University

Nebraska

University of Nebraska – Omaha

  • Clarkson College
  • College of Saint Mary
  • Creighton University
  • Grace University
  • Bellevue University
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center
  • Nebraska Methodist College

University of Nebraska – Lincoln

  • Concordia University
  • Doane College
  • Nebraska Wesleyan University

Nevada

University of Nevada – Las Vegas

  • College of Southern Nevada
  • Nevada State College

New Hampshire

University of New Hampshire

  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Franklin Pierce College
  • Keene State College
  • New England College
  • University of New Hampshire – Manchester
  • Plymouth State College
  • Saint Anselm College
  • Granite State College

University of Massachusetts – Lowell

  • Rivier University
  • Southern New Hampshire University

New Jersey

Rutgers University

  • Devry University, Inc
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Mercer County Community College
  • Middlesex County Community College
  • Monmouth University
  • Princeton University
  • Raritan Valley Community College
  • The College of New Jersey
  • Union County College

The New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • Essex County College
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • New Jersey City University
  • Kean University
  • Montclair State University
  • Rutgers University – Newark
  • Seton Hall University
  • Stevens Institute of Technology
  • Ramapo College

Saint Joseph’s University

  • Rutgers University – Camden
  • Rowan University

New Mexico

New Mexico State University

University of New Mexico

  • Central New Mexico Community College
  • College of Santa Fe
  • National American University
  • Wayland Baptist University
  • New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

New York

Cornell University

  • Elmira College
  • Ithaca College
  • SUNY at Binghamton University
  • SUNY at Cortland

Syracuse University

  • Cazenovia College
  • Le Moyne College
  • Onondaga Community College
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry
  • Hamilton College
  • Utica College
  • Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Morrisville State College
  • SUNY Polytechnic Institute
  • SUNY Oswego
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University

Clarkson University

  • Saint Lawrence University
  • State University of New York – Potsdam
  • State University of New York – Canton

Rochester Institute of Technology

  • Finger Lakes Community College
  • Genesee Community College
  • Monroe Community College
  • Nazareth College of Rochester
  • Roberts Wesleyan College
  • Saint John Fisher College
  • SUNY College at Brockport
  • SUNY College at Geneseo
  • University of Rochester

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Adirondack Community College
  • Albany College of Pharmacy
  • Albany School of Law
  • Albany Medical College
  • Columbia-Greene Community College
  • Empire State College
  • Fulton/Montgomery Community College
  • Hartwick College
  • Hudson Valley Community College
  • Russell Sage College
  • Sage College of Albany
  • Schenectady City Community College
  • Siena College
  • Skidmore College
  • SUNY at Albany
  • SUNY AG & Tech College – Cobleskill
  • College of Saint Rose
  • Union College
  • Excelsior College
  • Maria College

Manhattan College

  • Barnard College
  • Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
  • College of Mount Saint Vincent
  • Columbia University
  • CUNY Bernard Baruch College
  • Lehman College
  • Dowling College
  • Fordham University
  • Hofstra University
  • Long Island University
  • New York University
  • Pace University
  • Saint Francis College
  • Saint Thomas Aquinas College
  • Saint John’s University
  • SUNY at Stony Brook
  • SUNY College at Old Westbury
  • Farmingdale State University SUNY
  • Iona College
  • SUNY Maritime College
  • City College of New York City
  • Queens College of the City of New York
  • Polytechnic University – Brooklyn Campus
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Mercy College
  • New York Law School
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA)
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Saint Joseph’s College

North Carolina

Duke University

  • North Carolina Central University

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Belmont Abbey College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Davidson College
  • Livingstone College
  • Pfeiffer University
  • Queens College
  • Central Piedmont Community College
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Gaston College

North Carolina State University

  • Meredith College
  • Peace College
  • Saint Augustine’s University
  • Shaw University
  • Bennett College

East Carolina University

North Carolina A&T State University

  • Elon University
  • Greensboro College
  • Guilford College
  • Guilford Technical Community College
  • High Point College
  • University of North Carolina – Greensboro
  • Winston-Salem State University
  • Wake Forest University
  • Salem College
  • Forsyth Technical Community College
  • Randolph Community College

Fayetteville State University

  • Methodist University
  • The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  • Campbell University
  • Fayetteville Technical Community College

North Dakota

North Dakota State University

  • Park University
  • Mayville State University

University of North Dakota

Ohio

Bowling Green State University

  • Heidelberg University
  • Ohio Northern University
  • The University of Findlay
  • Tiffin University
  • University of Toledo
  • Lourdes University

Kent State University

  • University of Akron
  • Cleveland State University
  • Mount Union College
  • Youngstown State University
  • Baldwin-Wallace College
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Hiram College

Miami University of Ohio

  • Miami University, Middletown Branch

Wright State University

  • Cedarville University
  • Central State University
  • Sinclair Community College
  • University of Dayton
  • Urbana University
  • Wilberforce University
  • Park University (Wright Patterson)
  • Antioch College
  • Antioch Midwest University
  • Clark State Community College
  • Edison Community College
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Wright Patterson AFB
  • Kettering College
  • Miami-Jacobs Career College
  • Southern State Community College
  • Union Institute and University
  • Wittenberg University

Ohio State University

  • Capital University
  • Columbus State Community College
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Otterbein College
  • Mount Carmel College of Nursing
  • Ohio Christian University
  • Ohio Dominican University

Ohio University

University of Cincinnati

  • Chatfield College
  • Cincinnati Bible College and Seminary
  • Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • College of Mount Saint Joseph
  • Wilmington College
  • Xavier University
  • Art Academy of Cincinnati
  • Athenaeum of Ohio
  • Cincinnati Christian University
  • God’s Bible School and College
  • Good Samaritan College of Nursing
  • Hebrew Union College

University of Pittsburgh

  • Franciscan University (Ohio)

Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University

  • Langston University
  • Northern Oklahoma College
  • Oral Roberts University
  • Rogers State College
  • Tulsa Community College
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • University of Tulsa

University of Oklahoma

  • Oklahoma Baptist University
  • Oklahoma Christian University
  • Oklahoma City Community College
  • Oklahoma City University
  • Rose State College

Oregon

Oregon State University

  • Linn Benton Community College
  • University of Oregon
  • Western Oregon University
  • Lane Community College
  • Corban University
  • Bushnell University

University of Portland

  • Clackamas Community College
  • George Fox University
  • Lewis and Clark College
  • Linfield University
  • Mount Hood Community College
  • Pacific University
  • Portland Community College
  • Portland State University
  • Reed University
  • Oregon Institute of Technology
  • Oregon Institute of Technology – Portland Metro

Pennsylvania

Penn State University

  • Penn State University – Altoona

University of Pittsburgh

  • Carlow University
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chatham College
  • Community College of Allegheny County
  • Duquesne University
  • La Roche College
  • Point Park University
  • Robert Morris University
  • Saint Vincent
  • University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg
  • Washington and Jefferson College
  • California University of Pennsylvania
  • Penn State – New Kensington
  • Penn State – Greater Allegheny

Saint Joseph’s University

  • Bryn Mawr College
  • Drexel University
  • Eastern University
  • La Salle University
  • Penn State University – Brandywine
  • Penn State University – Abington
  • Cairn University
  • Swarthmore College
  • Temple University
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of the Sciences Philadelphia
  • Valley Forge Military Junior College
  • Villanova University
  • West Chester University
  • Widener University
  • Cheney University of Pennsylvania
  • Bryn Athyn College
  • Cabrini College
  • Neumann College
  • Haverford College

Wilkes University

  • Bloomsburg University
  • Misericordia University
  • East Stroudsburg University
  • King’s College
  • Luzerne County Community College
  • Marywood University
  • Penn State –  Hazleton
  • Penn State – Wilkes-Barre
  • Penn State – Worthington Scranton
  • University of Scranton
  • Penn State – Schuylkill

West Virginia University

  • Waynesburg University (PA)

Rhode Island

University of Rhode Island

Brown University

South Carolina

The Citadel

Clemson University

  • Anderson University
  • Southern Wesleyan College
  • Tri County Technical College

Charleston Southern University

  • College of Charleston
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • The Citadel – Evening College

University of South Carolina

  • Benedict College
  • Claflin University
  • South Carolina State University
  • University of South Carolina – Sumter
  • University of South Carolina – Union
  • University of South Carolina – Aiken
  • University of South Carolina – Beaufort
  • University of South Carolina – Spartanburg
  • MIdlands Technical College

University of North Carolina – Charlotte

  • Winthrop University (SC)

South Dakota

South Dakota State University

  • Dakota State University
  • Augustana College
  • University of Sioux Falls

Tennessee

University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Lemoyne-Owen College
  • Rhodes College
  • Southwest Tennessee Community College

Tennessee State University

  • Fisk University
  • Lipscomb University
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • Tennessee Technical University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Volunteer State Community College
  • Austin Peay State University
  • Belmont University
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Columbia State Community College

University of Tennessee

  • Pellissippi State Technical Community College

Texas

Texas A&M University

Baylor University

  • McLennan Community College
  • University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Texas Tech University – Waco

Texas Tech University

  • Lubbock Christian University
  • South Plains College
  • Wayland Baptist University

University of Texas – Austin

  • Austin Community College
  • Concordia University at Austin
  • Huston-Tillotson University
  • Saint Edward’s University
  • Park University

University of North Texas

  • Midwestern State University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • Texas Woman’s University
  • University of Texas at Dallas
  • North Central Texas College
  • Collin College
  • Texas A&M University – Commerce
  • University of Dallas
  • Southwestern University

Texas State University

  • Texas Lutheran University
  • Wayland Baptist University – San Antonio

University of Texas – San Antonio

  • Alamo Community College District Junior College
  • Our Lady of the Lake University
  • Palo Alto College – Alamo District Consortium
  • San Antonio College – Alamo District Consortium
  • St. Mary’s University
  • St. Philip’s College
  • Trinity University
  • University of Texas – Health Science Center
  • University of the Incarnate Word College

Texas Christian University

  • Dallas Baptist University
  • Tarrant County Junior College
  • Texas Wesleyan University
  • University of Texas at Arlington
  • Weatherford College
  • Tarleton State University

Angelo State University

University of Houston

  • Rice University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Houston Community College
  • Texas Southern University
  • Lone Star College
  • University of Houston – Clearlake
  • University of Houston – Downtown
  • South Texas College of Law
  • University of Houston – Victoria
  • University of Saint Thomas – Houston
  • University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston
  • Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Houston
  • Prairie View A&M University

New Mexico State University

  • University of Texas at El Paso

Utah

University of Utah

  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Weber State University
  • Westminster College
  • Park University
  • Los Business College

Brigham Young University

  • Utah Valley University

Utah State University

Vermont

Norwich University

  • Northern Vermont University
  • Saint Michael’s College
  • Vermont School of Law
  • University of Vermont
  • Vermont Technical College
  • Community College of Vermont

Virginia

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin College
  • Washington and Lee University

University of Virginia

  • James Madison University
  • Piedmont Virginia Community College
  • Liberty University

Howard University

  • Marymount University

University of Maryland

  • George Mason University (VA)
  • Northern Virginia Community College

Washington

Central Washington University

Washington State University

  • Whitworth University

University of Washington

  • Bellevue College
  • Edmonds Community College
  • Everett Community College
  • Highline Community College
  • North Seattle Community College
  • Seattle Central Community College
  • Seattle Pacific University
  • Seattle University
  • Shoreline Community College
  • South Seattle Community College
  • Saint Martin’s University
  • Cascadia Community College
  • Northeast University
  • Pierce College
  • Green River Community College
  • Olympic College

University of Portland

  • Clark College
  • Washington State University – Vancouver

West Virginia

West Virginia University

  • Fairmont State University

University of Maryland

  • Shepherd College (WV)

Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin – Madison

  • University of Wisconsin – Whitewater
  • Edgewood College
  • Maranatha Baptist University
  • Madison Area Technical College

Marquette University

  • Alverno College
  • Carroll University
  • Carthage College
  • Concordia University Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee School of Engineering
  • Mount Mary College
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin – Waukesha
  • University of Wisconsin – Parkside
  • Upper Iowa University
  • Milwaukee Area Technical College
  • Waukesha County Technical College
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College

University of Saint Thomas

  • University of Wisconsin – Stout

University of Minnesota – Duluth

  • University of Wisconsin – Superior

Wyoming

University of Wyoming

  • Park University

Puerto Rico

University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras

  • Central University of Bayamon
  • Interamerican University – Arecibo
  • Interamerican University – Barranquitas
  • Interamerican University – Bayamon
  • Interamerican University – Fajardo
  • Interamerican University – Guayama
  • Interamerican University – Law Faculty
  • Interamerican University – Metro Campus
  • Interamerican University – Optometry School
  • Interamerican University – Ponce
  • Interamerican University – San German
  • Metropolitan University
  • Polytechnic University
  • University of Sacred Heart
  • Universidad Del Este
  • University of Puerto Rico – Bayamon
  • University of Puerto Rico – Carolina
  • University of Puerto Rico – Cayey
  • University of Puerto Rico – Humacao
  • University of Puerto Rico – Medical Science Center
  • University of Turabo
  • American University of Puerto Rico
  • University of Puerto Rico – Arecibo

University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez

  • Catholic University of Puerto Rico – Ponce
  • Inter American University of Puerto Rico

Conclusion

As you can see already, there are over 1,100 colleges and universities through which you can advance your education and your career.

Apply now for your future in the Air Force!

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The Navy ROTC Program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment…

Navy ROTC Information

Navy ROTC is a multi-year program that runs alongside a student’s normal college or university program. Navy ROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in the Navy ROTC unit for drill, physical training, and learn the principles and ideals of a military officer.

During summer breaks, Navy ROTC students participate in a variety of training activities. These range from a 6-week Marine Corps course, assignments to nuclear vessels, and assignments to aviation units.

These summer courses give students a glimpse of the career opportunities available once they commission. Additionally, summer training familiarizes Cadets with the military lifestyle.

All Navy ROTC students must select one of these three options:

  1. Navy Option – leads to post-graduation commissioning as a US Navy ensign in any of the various Naval warfare communities.
  2. Marine Corps Option – leads to post-graduation commissioning as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps.
  3. Nurse Option – leads to post-graduation commissioning in the US Navy as an ensign in the Navy Nursing Corps, a part of the Department of the Navy Bureau of Medicine.

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Scholarship Information

There are many benefits offered by the National Scholarship. Check out the  National Scholarship Benefits page for more the full list. It also addresses what is NOT covered by the scholarship.

Ensure that you carefully review the Program Requirements, as some of them can be tricky and time-consuming to complete.

Then, familiarize yourself with the Scholarship Application Process. The online application is extensive and can take several hours to complete. 

The Navy ROTC website has offered an Application Information Checklist (PDF) to assist with the process of gathering information and ensuring that your application is complete.

If you have questions about filling out the application, or need assistance with doing so, there are coordinators available, which can be found using this resource: Locate a Coordinator.

The 2022 scholarship application will be open from 1 April 2021 to 31 January 2022. Now is the time to prepare for your future.

Other Scholarship Opportunities

While the National Scholarship is highly competitive, there are other scholarship opportunities available to achieve your dream of becoming a commissioned officer. 

For the Navy only option, there is the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Scholarship Program.

For the Marine Corps only option, there are two:

  1. Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship
  2. General Pedro Del Valle Leadership Scholarship

There are also opportunities available with the NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations (NPSR) Program.

 

Navy ROTC College List, by state

The following list contains the current military friendly colleges and schools that participate in Navy ROTC. Unique to the Navy is the Nurse Corps. The schools that offer Nursing programs are marked with (RN), while the schools that offer only the Nurse program are marked with (RN only).

The schools marked with (RN), or ones that are without marking, are those that can commission into the regular Navy and Marine Corps as well. However, there is one school that only commissions into the Navy.

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Alabama

Auburn University

Tuskegee University

Arizona

Arizona State University

University of Arizona

  • Pima Community College

California

UCLA (RN)

UC – Berkeley

  • California State University Maritime Academy
  • Stanford University
  • University of California at Davis

San Diego State University

  • California State University – San Marcos
  • University of California at San Diego

University of San Diego

  • Point Loma Nazarene University

University of Southern California

Colorado

University of Colorado

  • University of Colorado at Denver

Connecticut

Yale University

District of Columbia

George Washington University

  • Catholic University of America (RN)
  • Georgetown University (RN)
  • Howard University (RN)

Florida

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Florida A&M University

  • Florida State University (RN)
  • Tallahassee Community College

Jacksonville University (RN)

  • Florida State College at Jacksonville
  • University of North Florida

University of Florida

University of South Florida

  • University of Tampa

Georgia

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Georgia State University
  • Kennesaw State University

Morehouse College

  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Spelman College

Savannah State University

  • Armstrong Atlantic State University

Hawaii

University of Hawaii (RN)

Idaho

University of Idaho

  • Washington State University

Illinois

Illinois Institute of Technology

  • Kennedy King College
  • University of Illinois at Chicago

Northwestern University

  • Loyola University (RN)

University of Illinois

  • Parkland College

Indiana

Purdue University (RN)

University of Notre Dame

  • Holy Cross College
  • St. Mary’s College

Iowa

Iowa State University

Kansas

University of Kansas

Louisiana

Southern University and A&M College (RN)

  • Baton Rouge Community College
  • Louisiana State University
  • Southeastern Louisiana University

Tulane University

  • Dillard University (RN)
  • Loyola University
  • University of New Orleans
  • Xavier University

Maine

Maine Maritime Academy

  • Husson University (RN only)
  • University of Maine at Orono (RN)

Maryland

University of Maryland – College Park

University of Maryland – Baltimore County

Massachusetts

Boston University

  • Boston College (RN)
  • Northeastern University (RN only)

College of the Holy Cross

  • Brown University
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • Worcester State University (RN)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

  • Harvard University
  • Tufts University

Michigan

University of Michigan (RN)

  • Eastern Michigan University

Minnesota

University of Minnesota (RN)

  • Macalester College
  • University of Saint Thomas

Mississippi

University of Mississippi

Missouri

University of Missouri

  • Columbia College

Nebraska

University of Nebraska

New Jersey

Rutgers University – New Brunswick (RN)

  • Princeton

New Mexico

University of New Mexico

  • Central New Mexico Community College

New York

Cornell University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

  • Russell Sage College (RN only)
  • Union College

State University of New York Maritime College

  • Columbia University
  • Fordham University
  • Molloy College (RN only)

University of Rochester

  • Rochester Institute of Technology
  • St. John Fisher College
  • State University of New York at Brockport

North Carolina

Duke University

North Carolina State University

University of North Carolina

Ohio

Miami University (RN)

Ohio State University

Oklahoma

University of Oklahoma

Oregon

Oregon State University

Pennsylvania

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Duquesne University (RN)
  • University of Pittsburgh (RN)

Pennsylvania State University (RN)

University of Pennsylvania (RN)

  • Drexel University (RN)
  • Temple University (RN)

Villanova University (RN)

South Carolina

The Citadel

University of South Carolina

  • Allen University
  • Midlands Technical College

Tennessee

University of Memphis

  • Christian Brothers University
  • Rhodes College

Vanderbilt University

  • Belmont University (RN only)
  • Tennessee State University

Texas

Prairie View A&M University

Rice University

  • Texas Southern University
  • University of Houston – University Park

Texas A&M University

  • Texas A&M at Galveston (Navy option only)

University of Texas (RN)

  • Huston-Tillotson University

Utah

University of Utah

  • Weber State University
  • Westminster College

Vermont

Norwich University (RN)

Virginia

Hampton University

Norfolk State University

  • Tidewater Community College

Old Dominion University

  • Regent University

University of Virginia (RN)

Virginia Military Institute

  • Mary Baldwin University

Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Washington

University of Washington

  • Seattle University (RN only)

Wisconsin

Marquette University (RN)

  • Milwaukee School of Engineering (RN)
  • University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee

University of Wisconsin

 

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If your dream is to commission into the Navy or Marine Corps, do not let education stand in the way.

Jump on that application. It’s full speed ahead!

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Vet Success on Campus

Vet Success on Campus

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has created the Vet Success on Campus (VSOC) program to help veterans, servicemembers, and their qualified dependents. VSOC aims to help their target populations successfully transition into college life. The ultimate goal is to have VSOC students successfully complete their education and enter into the labor market fully prepared for viable careers.

The VSOC program is designed to help all qualified participants, and especially veterans, achieve success by providing outreach and transition services.

What is the VSOC Program?

Vet Success On Campus is designed to help its students succeed during their time as college students through a variety of on-campus benefits assistance and counseling. The VSOC program provides a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC) to each school that offers the program. A VA Vet Center Outreach Coordinator is also provided to provide peer counseling and referral services. Recognizing that college life is vastly different from serving in the military, VSOC Counselors help to ensure that veterans receive the support and assistance needed to pursue their educational and employment goals.

VSOC Counselors are easily accessible on campuses with the aim to quickly resolve any problems that could potentially interfere with a student’s educational success. From health concerns, to educational hurdles, to disability accommodations, VSOC aims to assist and empower their students in every way possible. The VSOC program began as a pilot program in 2009 at the University of South Florida. Since then, the program has expanded and currently supports 104 schools across the country. These schools are served by 87 VSOC Counselors. Please see below for a list of current VSOC locations and contact information.

List of Vet Success on Campus Counselors

ALABAMA

Troy University – Arika Dolman, Arika.Dolman@va.gov
University of Alabama – Lisa Fells, Lisa.Fells@va.gov

ALASKA

University of Alaska, Anchorage – Gwendolyn Hoskins, Gwendolyn.Hoskins@va.gov

ARIZONA

Arizona State University- Troy Rundle, Troy.Rundle@va.gov

ARKANSAS

University of Arkansas – open
Northwest Arkansas Community College – open

CALIFORNIA

California State University, Long Beach- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Long Beach City College- Lois Daz, Lois.Daz@va.gov
Mt. San Antonio College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Citrus College- Maura Kazden, Maura.Kazden@va.gov
Saddleback College- Kelandra Anthony Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Irvine Valley College- Kelandra Anthony, Kelandra.Anthony@va.gov
Pasadena City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
Los Angeles City College- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
California State University, Los Angeles- David Fierro, David.Fierro@va.gov
University of California, Los Angeles- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
Santa Monica Community College- Deana Garay, Deana.Garay@va.gov
American River College- open
San Diego State University- Ryan Morris, Ryan.Morris377@va.gov
Mira Costa College- Alizabeth Dang, Alizabeth.Dang@va.gov

COLORADO

University of Colorado, Colorado Springs- Julie Zook,   Julie.Zook@va.gov 

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

George Washington University- Glenn Cassis, Glenn.Cassis@va.gov

FLORIDA

Northwest Florida State College- Maronda Clark, Maronda.Clark@va.gov
University of West Florida- Becky Baisden, Rebecca.Baisden@va.gov
University of South Florida- Jeanine Frederick, Jeanine.Frederick@va.gov
Florida State University- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Tallahassee Community College- Jenn Stovall, Jennifer.Stovall@va.gov
Florida International University- Marquay Smith, Marquay.Smith@va.gov
University of Florida- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Santa Fe College- Patricia Carswell, Patricia.Carswell@va.gov
Florida State College at Jacksonville- Brittany Beimourtrusting, Brittany.Beimourtrusting@va.gov

GEORGIA

Kennesaw State University- Margo Thompson, Margo.Thompson@va.gov

HAWAII

Hawaii Pacific University- Gwen Dang, Gwen.Dang@va.gov
Leeward Community College- Selina Higa, Selina.Higa@va.gov
University of Hawaii, Manoa- Selina Higa ,Selina.Higa@va.gov

IDAHO

Boise State University- Sean Burlile, Sean.Burlile@va.gov

ILLINOIS

Southwestern Illinois College- open
University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign- Delmar Rhodes, Delmar.Rhodes1@va.gov

KANSAS

Johnson County Community College- Jonathan Grant,  Jonathan.Grant@va.gov
University of Kansas- Angela Brazil, Angela.Brazil@va.gov

KENTUCKY

Eastern Kentucky University- Steven Johnson, Steven.C.Johnson@va.gov
Elizabethtown Community & Technical College- Shannon Francis,   Shannon.Francis@va.gov
University of Kentucky- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov
Bluegrass Community & Technical College- Joel Andrade, Joel.Andrade@va.gov

MARYLAND

University of Maryland, Global Campus- Diane Wilson, Diane.Wilson2@va.gov

MICHIGAN

Kalamazoo Valley Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Kellogg Community College- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Western Michigan University- Brent Haddow, Brent.Haddow@va.gov
Eastern Michigan University- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov
Washtenaw Community College- Jonathan Cugini, Jonathan.Cugini@va.gov

MISSISSIPPI

University of Southern Mississippi- Steven Welch,  Steven.Welch@va.gov

MISSOURI

Webster University, St. Louis- Jason Blakemore, Jason.Blakemore@va.gov

NEBRASKA

Bellevue University- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov
University of Nebraska, Omaha- Melvin Neail, Melvin.Neail@va.gov

NEVADA

University of Nevada, Las Vegas- Justin Whipple, Justin.Whipple@va.gov

NEW JERSEY

Rutgers University- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov
Middlesex County College- Valerie Williams, Valerie.Williams1@va.gov

NEW MEXICO

University of New Mexico- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov

NEW YORK

Syracuse University- Philip Maranon, Philip.Maranon@va.gov
Nassau Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov
Suffolk County Community College- Leslie Monsen, Leslie.Monsen@va.gov

NORTH CAROLINA

East Carolina University- Jaqueline Henry, Jaqueline.Henry@va.gov
Fayetteville Technical Community College- April C. Riley,   April.Riley@va.gov

OHIO

Cleveland State University-George Ackerman, George.Ackerman@va.gov
The Ohio State University- Edward Mathews, Edward.Mathews2@va.gov
University of Cincinnati- Jill Cochran, Jill.Cochran@va.gov

OKLAHOMA

Cameron University- Alfred Finch,  Alfred.Finch@va.gov

OREGON

Portland State University- Alexandra Birmingham, Alexandra.Birmingham@va.gov

PENNSYLVANIA

Harrisburg Area Community College- Gail Hrobuchak, Gail.Hrobuchak@va.gov

RHODE ISLAND

Community College of Rhode Island- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov
Rhode Island College- Micaela Black-Estrella, Micaela.Black@va.gov

SOUTH CAROLINA

Midlands Technical College- Catina Booker, Catina.Booker@va.gov

TENNESSEE

Middle Tennessee State University- Heather Conrad, Heather.Conrad@va.gov
Austin Peay State University, Clarksville- Christina Hicks, Christina.Hicks2@va.gov

TEXAS

University of Texas, San Antonio- Wendy Foster, Wendy.Foster@va.gov
Sam Houston State University- Roberta Ardoin, Roberta.Ardoin@va.gov
San Antonio College- Sylvia Rodriguez, Sylvia.Rodriguez1@va.gov
Lone Star College System, University Park- open
Houston Community College- Chandra Arceneaux, Chandra.Arceneaux@va.gov 
University of Houston- Ralph Harrison, Ralph.Harrison@va.gov
Texas A&M University, Central Texas- Greg Primas, Gregory.Primas@va.gov
Tarrant County College, South- Ronald Christy, Ronald.Christy@va.gov
Tarrant County College, Northeast- Denise Edwards, Denise.Edwards@va.gov
Central Texas College- James Morgan, James.Morgan3@va.gov
Texas A&M University, College Station- Jimmy Rogers, Jim.Rogers2@va.gov
Austin Community College- Brad Robichaux, Brad.Robichaux@va.gov
University of Texas, Arlington- Tyrrell Biggers, Tyrrell.Biggers@va.gov

UTAH

Salt Lake Community College- Mike Foster, Michael.Foster@va.gov
University of Utah- Jason Carter, Jason.Carter2@va.gov
Weber State University- Drew Bickel, Drew.Bickel@va.gov

VIRGINIA

George Mason University- Valerie Smith Valerie.Smith11@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale- Johnathan.Keefe, Johnathan.Keefe@va.gov
Norfolk State University- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Norfolk- Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett, Robbyn.Spencer-Bennett@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Chesapeake- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Portsmouth- Latwice Foster, Latwice.Foster@va.gov
Tidewater Community College, Virginia Beach- open
Old Dominion University – Jerry Roth, Jerry.Roth@va.gov
ECPI University – open
Liberty University – Lora Nichols, Lora.Nichols@va.gov
St. Leo University, South Hampton – open

WISCONSIN

University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee – Patrick Grube,  Patrick.Grube@va.gov

 

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Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Online Colleges that Provide Credits for Military Experience

Save money and time by receiving college credit for your military experience. All while earning a great degree at one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer.

Distinguishing the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving active duty service members and veterans valuable time and money. Approximately 1,700 veteran friendly colleges and universities provide a military college credit transfer for military experience.

The American Council on Education (ACE) works with the Department of Defense (DoD) to evaluate military experience, courses, and training. The goal is to best match military experience and knowledge to equitable college courses and credit.  An ACE recommendation certifies that a particular military experience, course, or training has provided the necessary information and knowledge that would have been acquired in a particular college course.

To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript. For the Air Force, you will need to obtain your CCAF Transcript instead of the JST.

Determining the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Online colleges that offer military credit transfer provide an excellent opportunity for active duty service members and veterans. Other features that are common practices among the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer include: accreditation, GI Bill acceptance, additional tuition assistance specifically earmarked for active duty and veterans, graduation rates of at least 30%, and Effective job placement.

Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

A Leader in Online Education: University of Central Florida

Offering online degrees since 1997, the University of Central Florida has been a leader in online education for a quarter-century. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, UCF consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs (US News)
  • Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America (Niche)

The University of Central Florida is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the CLEP and the DSST exams. UCF proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Undergraduate Options: University of Cincinnati

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, University of Cincinnati Online offers an abundance of online options including over 60 Associate degrees and undergraduate certificates. The University of Cincinnati consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #11 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (US News)
  • #21 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #11 Best Colleges in Information Technology in America (Niche)

The University of Cincinnati Online is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exam. The University of Cincinnati also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Graduate Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World allows students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world with 100% online programs. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked: Arizona State University

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online Variety: Kansas State University Online

Kansas State University Online offers a wide variety of online options including graduate and undergraduate certificates, associate degrees, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorates. Kansas State University boasts a fantastic 60% graduation rate. K-State earns a wide variety of accolades including:

  • #7 Best Colleges for Agricultural Sciences in America (Niche)
  • #83 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #1 Best Tuition Value in Kansas

Kansas State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. K-State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online HBCU: Hampton University

One of the Best Online Colleges for Military Credit Transfer is also one of the Best HBCUs. Hampton University offers a variety of online degrees including associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in online 8-week sessions.

Hampton University is a well known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)
  • #52 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #58 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)

Hampton University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. Hampton University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Where Credit is Due: Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Get credit for your military service and earn a great degree at one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer.

Distinguished Military Careers and the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits. Approximately 1,700 colleges and universities provide military college credit transfer for military experience. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript. For the Air Force, you will need to obtain your CCAF Transcript instead of the JST.

List of Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer

A Leader in Education: University of Florida

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked: Arizona State University

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, ASU has a great 60% graduation rate. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best College for Full-Time Undergraduate Students: University of California Los Angeles

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA is unique in that it does not offer part-time enrollment or evening coursework for undergraduate degree programs. Students must enroll full time and attend daytime classes. The result is a high-quality degree earned from one of the country’s most prestigious universities in a minimal amount of time. UCLA has an amazing 70% graduation rate. UCLA consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#20 in National Universities (US News)

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)

#30 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#13 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

#1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UCLA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance. UCLA proudly offers credit for military experience.

Best Historically Black College and University: Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

One of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer is also one of the Best HBCUs. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Florida A&M or FAMU) offers a variety of campus-based and online degrees including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and professional programs.

FAMU is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #20 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #20 in Best Colleges for Criminal Justice in America (Niche)
  • #3 in Best HBCU Schools in America (Niche)

Florida A & M is a GI Bill approved school, and awards credit for both the CLEP and DSST exams. FAMU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including more than 200 undergraduate-degree programs and over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Military Credit Transfer, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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Top Veteran Friendly Schools: Michigan

Michigan Awards Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) has awarded Veteran Friendly School status to 63 institutions of higher education for the 2021-2022 school year. This program recognizes postsecondary institutions that are committed to supporting the needs of military-connected students.

Veteran Friendly School Program

Since its inception in 2013, the Veteran Friendly School (VFS) program has increased in popularity. The program has had a steady increase in the number of schools dedicated to enrolling student veterans and ensuring that these students are supported throughout their entire educational journey. The Top Veteran Friendly Schools of Michigan help military-connected students transition from boots and a helmet to a cap and gown.

Award Levels for Veteran Friendly Colleges and Universities

The program awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze level status to institutions of higher education based on seven criteria. Gold-level certification requires six or more of the criteria, while Silver schools must complete four and Bronze schools, three. The criteria to become a Top Veteran Friendly School are:

  • Established process for identifying student veterans
  • Veteran-specific website
  • Active student-operated veterans club or association
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources, advising, and/or outcome monitoring
  • On-campus veteran’s coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact
  • System to evaluate and award credit based on military training and experience
  • Monitoring and evaluation system for student veteran academic retention, transfer, and graduation rates

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List of Michigan’s Top Veteran Friendly Schools

The list for the 2021-2022 school year includes 63 universities, colleges, and trade schools across the state of Michigan. Awardees range from a boat-building school to community colleges to Big Ten universities.

Gold

  • Alma College
  • Central Michigan University
  • Cleary University
  • Concordia University, Ann Arbor
  • Davenport University
  • Delta College
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Ferris State University
  • Global Information Technology
  • Grand Valley State University
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jackson College
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Lansing Community College
  • MIAT College of Technology
  • Macomb Community College
  • Michigan State University
  • Michigan Technological University
  • Mid-Michigan College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • Northern Michigan University
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland Community College
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Schoolcraft College
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Walsh College
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

Silver

  • Aquinas College
  • Baker College
  • Bay de Noc Community College
  • Calvin University
  • Compass College of Cinematic Arts
  • Detroit School for Digital Technology
  • Finlandia University
  • Focus: HOPE
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grace Christian University
  • Grand Rapids Community College
  • Kettering University
  • Kirtland Community College
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Madonna University
  • Monroe County Community College
  • North Country Heavy Equipment School
  • Rochester University
  • Clair County Community College
  • Suburban CDL
  • West Shore Community College
  • Western Michigan University – Cooley Law School

Bronze

  • Great Lakes Boat Building School
  • North Central Michigan College
  • Southwestern Michigan College

 

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Wrapping it all up, Michigan has many schools that have received the veteran friendly designation. These schools represent a great opportunity to help veterans and their families obtain an affordable postsecondary education.

It’s also important to note that many of the same schools are Yellow Ribbon Schools as well. If you’re not familiar with the Yellow Ribbon Schools, these are schools that are participating in a federal government administer program that gives veterans an opportunity to receive additional funding at a participating school. The program has several requirements, but the benefits are well worth exploring further.

 

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Top 7 Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Not all colleges are not created equal. Find the best fit for your Coast Guard experience at one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans.

The Metrics Behind the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

The following features are common practices among the best online military friendly colleges for Coast Guard Veterans:

  • Military Credit Transfer: Military training, courses, and specialty schools can transfer to college credits.  This can result in saving veterans valuable time and money. To get started, request a copy of your military Joint Services Transcript.
  • CLEP: With the College-Level Examination Program, students can earn approximately 3 credits for each successful exam. There are over 30 introductory-level college subject exams including Composition and Literature, World Languages, History and Social Sciences, Science, Math, and Business.
  • DSST: With the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests students have the opportunity to test for credit. There are six categories of exams including Business, Humanities, Math, Physical Science, Social Sciences, and Technology.

Additional desirable features among the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans include:

  • Accreditation: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will be regionally or nationally accredited.
  • GI Bill and Additional Tuition Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will accept the GI Bill. They will also take part in additional tuition assistance such as the Yellow Ribbon Program and other funding specifically earmarked for veterans.
  • Graduation Rates: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will have a graduation rate of 30% or higher.
  • Career Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Post-graduation career assistance can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, veteran/student help centers, etc.

Super 7: Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans

Top Public University: University of Florida

As one of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, UF boasts a 60% graduation rate. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 Best Colleges in Florida (Niche)
  • #6 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #30 in National Universities (US News)

UF is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the CLEP exams. The University of Florida also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best for Aviation: Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Worldwide

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is a perfect choice for those in aviation. Embry Riddle Aeronautical University has multiple campuses with campus-based and hybrid degrees as well as a renowned Worldwide campus. Keep in mind that Embry Riddle Worldwide has a graduation rate of approximately 25%. This program is designed for serious students only. Embry Riddle Worldwide consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #23 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #29in Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)

Best of Both Worlds: Arizona State University

One of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, ASU has a fantastic 60% graduation rate. ASU ranks high for campus-based programs and for online programs, offering students the best of both worlds. ASU offers an abundance of campus-based degrees, over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. ASU offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. ASU also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Top Ranked for Veterans: University of Virginia

The University of Virginia has an astounding 85% graduation rate. It consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #10 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)
  • #10 in Online Graduate Programs (US News)
  • #3 Top Public Universities in America (Niche)
  • #26 in National Universities (US News)
  • #32 in Best Value Schools (US News)
  • #4 in Top Public Schools (US News)
  • #7 in Business Schools (US News)

The University of Virginia is a GI Bill approved school and participates in the Yellow Ribbon program. The University of Virginia proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Kept Secret: Oregon State University

Oregon State University offers an abundance of programs including over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and offers credit for the CLEP exam. Oregon State also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Overall: Pennsylvania State University-World Campus

Pennsylvania State University is a four-year, public institution with multiple campuses spread out through the state of Pennsylvania. The university is also known for its World Campus where students can earn their Penn State degree online, from anywhere in the world! Penn State World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Its campus-based programs include more than 275 undergraduate majors and more than 300 graduate and professional programs.

As one of the Best Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans, Penn State consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs(US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for the DSST exam. Penn State World Campus proudly offers college credit for military experience.

Best Online HBCU: Hampton University

One of the Best Online Colleges for Coast Guard Veterans is also one of the Best HBCUs. Hampton University offers a variety of online degrees including associates, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in online 8-week sessions.

Hampton University is a well-known HBCU and receives many accolades including:

  • #5 in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (US News)
  • #52 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)
  • #58 Most Liberal Colleges in America (Niche)

Hampton University is a GI Bill approved school, participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, and awards credit for both the DSST and the CLEP exams. Hampton University also proudly offers college credit for military experience.

 

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The Best GI Bill® Schools

You Earned It, Use It Wisely – 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools

You earned it and you deserve it. Utilize your GI Bill at a great school for a quality education. Here are 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools.

Features of the Best GI Bill Schools

The following features are common practices among 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools:

Accreditation

The Best GI Bill Schools will be regionally accredited. In some cases, depending on a student’s long term goals, a nationally accredited option may be suitable.  In most cases, regionally accredited schools are the preferred option.

Additional Tuition Assistance

The Best GI Bill Schools will take part in additional tuition assistance for active duty military, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program or Tuition Assistance, which can help pay for school costs not covered by the GI Bill.

Graduation Rates

The Best GI Bill Schools will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates are around 50%. Even 30% is considered acceptable.  Lower than that should raise doubts.

Job Placement

The Best GI Bill Schools will have an excellent network to help students succeed in their chosen career after earning their degree. Effective job placement can be found in programs such as internships, apprenticeships, strong alumni connections, etc.

Adherence to the Principles of Excellence

The Best GI Bill Schools will strictly adhere to the Principles of Excellence, a set of standards that is a requirement of schools that get federal funding (through programs such as the GI Bill). This includes standards such as not participating in fraudulent (deceitful) methods of recruiting and providing students with an educational plan outlining how and when students can fulfill graduation requirements.

Program Availability

The Best GI Bill Schools will have consistent availability for the chosen degree including classes and any other program requirements. This allows students to effectively use their time to complete their degree while still fulfilling other obligations such as military service, work, and family commitments.

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Distinguishing the Best GI Bill Schools

Degree mills have been a pervasive problem since the GI Bill was introduced post-WWII. Problems with these pay-to-play degree mills include inadequate training and substandard education. This degree dilemma is through no fault of the student as these institutions often operate under the guise of legitimacy. Yet it leaves students with what amounts to a worthless degree (that ironically cost tens of thousands).

Education is a billion dollar industry, so is education fraud. Degree mills waste billions of dollars of educational funds including GI Bills. You earned it, use it well. Below is a selection of 6 of the Best GI Bill Schools.

6 of the Best GI Bill Schools

Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs: University of Florida

UF has been offering online degrees since 2001 and boasts a 60% graduation rate for its undergraduate degree seeking programs. UF is consistently ranked as one of the best public universities and ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs(US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs(US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UF participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Online Master’s Degree Programs: Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs for Veterans (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Penn State World Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best College for Full-Time Undergraduate Students: University of California Los Angeles

The University of California Los Angeles is part of the 10-campus University of California system. UCLA is unique in that it does not offer part-time enrollment or evening coursework for undergraduate degree programs. Students must enroll full time and attend daytime classes. The result is a high-quality degree earned from one of the country’s most prestigious universities in a minimal amount of time. UCLA has an amazing 70% graduation rate. UCLA consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#20 in National Universities (US News)

#5 in Best Colleges for Veterans (US News)

#30 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#13 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

#1 in Top Public Schools (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, UCLA participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Historically Black College and University: Spelman College

Consistently ranked high both as an HBCU and Women’s College, Spelman has a fantastic 70% graduation rate. Spelman receives many accolades including:

#1 HBCU (by Niche and US News)

#10 Best Women’s College (Niche)

#54 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News)

#19 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#10 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

#4 in Top Performers on Social Mobility (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Spellman College is also approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Liberal Arts College West Coast: Pomona College

Pomona College has an amazing 90% graduation rate and an average class size of 15 students. Pomona College is strictly undergraduate yet is part of the “Claremont Colleges” consortium and does offer some combined opportunities for graduate studies. Pomona College consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#1 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America (Niche)

#1 Best Small Colleges in America (Niche)

#1 Most Diverse Colleges in America (Niche)

#4 in National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News)

#7 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#2 in Best Value Schools (US News)

#29 in Most Innovative Schools (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Pomona College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

Best Liberal Arts College East Coast: Bowdoin College

Test optional for a half-century and always centered on student collaboration, Bowdoin has a staggering 90% graduation rate. Bowdoin College consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

#2 Best Liberal Arts Colleges in America (Niche)

#3 Best Small Colleges in America (Niche)

#7 Best Colleges for Global Studies (Niche)

#11 in Best Undergraduate Teaching (US News)

#12 in Best Value Schools (US News)

Along with being a GI Bill approved school, Bowdoin College participates in the Yellow Ribbon program and is approved for Tuition Assistance.

 

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Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses

Top Colleges Offering Online Degrees for Military Spouses

Get a fantastic education and start a great career at one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses.

Determining the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses

Online colleges often have a negative stereotype as being degree mills. In fact, there are many “pay-to-play” colleges that leave their students with inadequate training and a substandard education. After a marriage to military service, military spouses deserve the best.

The following features are best practices among the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses:

  • Tuition Assistance: The Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses will take part in a variety tuition assistance such as the GI Bill, MyCAA, and other funds that are specifically earmarked for military family members.
  • Accreditation: The Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses will be regionally or nationally accredited. State accreditation is acceptable but note that this is the least portable of all degrees and certifications.
  • Graduation Rates: The Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses will be transparent in their graduation rates. Typical graduation rates should range between 30% and 50%.
  • Job Placement: The Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses will have an excellent network to help students succeed after earning their degree.

Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses

University of Central Florida

An Online Leader in Education

Offering online degrees since 1997, the University of Central Florida has been a leader in online education for a quarter-century. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses, UCF consistently ranks high on “Best of” lists including:

  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Education Programs (US News)
  • Best Hispanic-Serving Institutions in America (Niche)

The University of Central Florida is a GI Bill approved school. UCF is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school and has an abundance of online certificates.

For more info University of Central Florida, please go here.

University of Cincinnati

Best Online Undergraduate Options

As one of the Best Online School for Military Spouses, University of Cincinnati Online offers an abundance of online options including over 60 Associate degrees and undergraduate certificates. The University of Cincinnati consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #11 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #12 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #14 in Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs (US News)
  • #21 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #11 Best Colleges in Information Technology in America (Niche)

The University of Cincinnati Online is a GI Bill approved school. It is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school and has a wide variety of associate degrees and certificates.

For more info on University of Cincinnati, please go here.

Pennsylvania State University World Campus

Best Online Graduate Programs

Pennsylvania State University World Campus offers over 120 Master’s degrees and graduate certificates. Penn State World allows students to earn their degree from anywhere in the world with 100% online programs. As one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses, Penn State World consistently ranks high in national “Best of” lists including:

  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #4 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Education Programs (US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online MBA Programs (US News)
  • #8 in Best Online Master’s in Computer Information Technology Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)

Penn State World Campus is a GI Bill approved school. Penn State is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school and offers an abundance of online associate degrees and certificates.

For more info on Pennsylvania State University World Campus, please go here.

Arizona State University

Top Ranked

One of the best campus-based schools is also one of the Best Online Colleges for Military Spouses. ASU has a 60% graduation rate, offers over 80 online bachelor’s degree programs and nearly as many master’s programs. Arizona State offers the same excellent curriculum and instruction on campus and online. ASU consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • America’s Best Value College (Forbes)
  • #3 in Best Online Master’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #6 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #7 in Best Online Master’s in Criminal Justice Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Educational Administration Programs (US News)

ASU is a GI Bill approved school. Arizona State University is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school and has a wide variety of online certificates.

For more info on ASU, please go here.

Oregon State University

Best Kept Secret

Oregon State University offers over 85 online programs. As one of the Best Online School for Military Spouses, Oregon State consistently receives top national accolades including:

  • #3 Best Online Colleges in America (Niche)
  • #4 in Best Online Bachelor’s Programs (US News)
  • #3 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Business Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Best Online Master’s in Engineering Programs(US News)

Oregon State University is a GI Bill approved school. OSU is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school and has a wide variety of online certificates.

For more info on Oregon State University’s online offerings, please go here.

Purdue University

Abundance of Options

As one of the Best Online School for Military Spouses, the Purdue University system offers several options to earn online degrees and certificates. Purdue University Global offers over 175 online options and the main campus is ranked as a Top 10 Public University. Other accolades for the Purdue University system include:

  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Electrical Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Industrial Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #2 in Best Online Master’s in Civil Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #1 in Best Online Master’s in Mechanical Engineering Programs (US News)
  • #10 in Best Online Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction Programs(US News)
  • #5 in Best Online Master’s in Instructional Media Programs (US News)
  • #11 in Best Online Master’s in Special Education Programs (US News)
  • #16 in Top Public Universities in America (Niche)

Purdue University is a GI Bill approved school. Purdue is also a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school.  They offer a wide variety of associate degree and online certificates.

For more info on Purdue University Online, please go here.

 

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2022 List of Best Online Colleges for Military

Online Colleges for Military

Is one of your goals this year to start on the path of getting your degree? Wonderful! The next question is do you want to take classes online or on campus? If you choose online, then you’re going to want to find the best online colleges for military. We have that list of military friendly colleges for you.

Choosing Online vs Traditional

This is a crucial step that warrants plenty of thought. The two options offer plenty of pros and cons.  Choosing the right one for you is important.

Many colleges and universities are making more online programs available specifically for military affiliated families who have very different schedules and demands from the typical college student coming from high school.

We hope this list will provide some great online programs to look into.  In addition, we’ll discuss the advantages of taking classes online.

List of Online Colleges for Military

These are a few universities that have great online degree programs.  We encourage you to reach out to and find out more about their offerings. 

All of these schools are GI Bill approved online colleges.  All colleges and universities are also Yellow Ribbon Schools and accept Tuition Assistance funding.

Some of the following schools have paid CollegeRecon for promotional consideration.

For further research on online schools, please visit CollegeRecon and conduct your own search.

5 Advantages of Online Colleges for Military

Affordability

Across the board, you will find that online courses and degree programs are less expensive than in-person programs.

Online students aren’t on campus using the facilities, technology, and campus resources.  This allows universities to save on these expenses and pass these savings to the student in some cases.

This is also especially important for military because Tuition Assistance will only pay up to $250 per credit hour. Many times, online credit hours are significantly reduced from on-campus credit hours.

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Create Your Own Learning Schedule

Students taking classes online are able to construct their day-to-day schedules.  Otherwise, you will be subject to the in-class schedule for lectures.

This means more flexibility for students who have jobs during the day, who are running their kids’ carpool, or who are active duty and balancing getting a career while serving their country.

More Degree Options

When students enroll online, they are able to enroll in a program that has the major of their choice.  This applies even if the university campus is located thousands of miles away.

Should students take classes on-campus, they are restricted to the courses and programs that specific university is offering.

By enrolling online students don’t have to sacrifice for their “runner up” degree choice.

Self-Paced Learning

Not only are online degree programs flexible for your day-to-day schedule, but some schools offer Self-Paced Learning Programs.  These programs allow students to complete the entire course at their own pace (as long as it is completed within a designated time period).

This way, students with unpredictable schedules (military-affiliated students) can enroll in a degree program without the stress of getting behind if something unexpected comes up.

Accelerated Degree Options

Online students are usually able to complete their degree faster than students who attend a brick-and-mortar school.

Why? Because online students have access to coursework 24/7 where students attending classes only get access to coursework when there is a class-based lecture.

This is dependent on when and how often courses are available online.  You’ll also have to consider course requirements for degree completion.

Making a decision on where to go to school, is an important one. Finding your best fit for online colleges for military is easy with CollegeRecon.

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Military Friendly Colleges

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 frequently on multiple lists of military friendly colleges.

Defining a “Military Friendly College”?

Every college and university wants to appear inclusive and accommodating. That’s how they attract students, even Veteran students.

You’ve likely seen catch phrases like “military friendly” or “veteran friendly” featured prominently on websites for any number of universities. But what does “military friendly” school mean, exactly?

College Recon has tackled this “Military Friendly College” question by reviewing similarities between institutions that stake this claim. Our data was compiled using reviews given by former students, and it also contained information presented by the colleges themselves.

What is a “Military Friendly College”?

Our definition of a “Military Friendly College” holds that the School:

  • Is a Yellow Ribbon School, or a state school.
  • Has a veteran student organization or association to provide support and assistance
  • Offers flexible and affordable accommodations for military and veteran students (one example would be accepting credits earned through military service)
  • Has a dedicated military and veteran counselor
  • Has dedicated military and veteran facilities

Use College Recon’s Search Tool to find this and other information about colleges and universities.

Determining Your Career Path and Education Goals

Choosing the right school is a difficult task. On one hand, you worry about which schools you can get into, and which one’s have the program you want to study. On the other hand, you worry about whether or not you can afford the program.

Tough Decisions

Before beginning any journey, you should know where you want to go. The same is true for Careers and Education.

We recently published an article on How to Determine Your Career and Education Goals, which guides you to answer some tough questions. For example:

    • What do you want to be when you grow up?
    • Do you like the job you’re doing now?
    • Do you have a dream job in mind?
    • What do you most like to do?

For that last question, there are resources available to help you figure out what you like doing. Some of our recommended tools are:

Once you figure out what it is you want to do for a career, the next step is figuring out what you need to be successful in that career.

    • Do you need a degree?
    • Or a Certification?
    • Or a Licensure?

Answering those questions will inevitably lead to searching for and choosing the best program for your future goals.

Choosing a School

Once you know where you want to go, and you’ve determined which educational stepping stones you’ll need to get there, it’s time to choose a school. 

First, setting SMART education goals will help you stay on course.

Next, determine what challenges you may face while in school, like your current employment, child care, and how long it might take you to finish the program.

Check out College Recon’s 10 Step Guide to Going Back to College to help identify areas you need to consider.

Are you going full-time or part-time? In-person or online only?

These are all important considerations when choosing where to spend the next few years achieving your education goals.

Ultimately, the choice is yours to make, but getting most information up front will ease the decision-making process. 

You can find and compare online schools in the College Recon School Search tool.

Military Friendly Colleges Covered by Military Tuition Assistance

There are great programs out there to help service members and Veterans achieve their education goals. By far, the GI Bill is the most well known. 

Tuition Assistance (TA) is also a tremendous benefit to those still serving. This program can cover up to 100% of the cost-per-credit hour for your education. Finding schools that are military Tuition Assistance friendly is not hard to do.

Best Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance

College Recon compiled a list of our selections for the Top 8 Online Schools for Military Tuition Assistance. This is a great starting point for learning about Tuition Assistance and researching some schools that may interest you.

These schools were selected for criterion important to service members and Veteran students:

  • Accreditation
  • Principles of Excellence
  • Graduation Rates
  • Job Placement
  • Program Availability

You should also check out our article covering Military Friendly Colleges Covered by Military Tuition Assistance, which explains TA in more depth. It also provides the following school lists:

Yellow Ribbon Schools

The Yellow Ribbon Program is another program that sounds familiar, but not every military or veteran student knows exactly what it does for them.

What is the Yellow Ribbon Program?

The Yellow Ribbon Program is designed to cover some or all of the costs above which the Post-9/11 GI Bill will cover. The GI Bill only covers tuition up to a certain amount, which leaves students at some schools responsible for the rest.

The Yellow Ribbon program helps those students cover more of the costs associated with their education by making their GI Bill go further.

What are Yellow Ribbon Schools?

Yellow Ribbon Schools are those that willingly participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program. They make additional funds available for veteran students to help cover charges above the GI Bill’s limits.

Schools can cover up to 50% of the tuition expenses that exceed the annual cap. Then the VA agrees to match the same amount contributed by the school. In many cases, this covers 100% of a Veteran’s tuition.

Not sure which schools participate in the Yellow Ribbon program? Don’t worry. We’ve compiled a list of Yellow Ribbon Schools at College Recon!

You can also use our College Recon Search Tool and select “Yellow Ribbon” as one of your search filters.

College Credit for Military Experience

Based on your career field in the military, the length of your service, and any leadership training you received, you may be eligible to transfer your skills over to some institutions for college credit.

College Credit for Military Experience and Training

There are nearly 1,700 colleges and universities that allow students to translate military experience into college credit.

This is possible due to a partnership between the American College of Education (ACE) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Each organization reviews military training and recommends appropriate credit for its member schools.

This benefits the Veteran student in the following ways:

    • Fewer course requirements
    • Decreased tuition costs
    • More college credits on your transcript

First Steps to Transfer Credits

In order to receive credit for military experience, you will need to provide the school with a copy of your Joint Services Transcript. This document will contain, at a minimum:

    • Your military course completions
    • Military occupations
    • College-level test scores
    • Other pertinent learning experiences

After you receive your transcripts, review them for accuracy. Ensure that none of your training is missing, especially those NCO and Officer schools.

Once you’ve verified your record and that it’s complete, conduct your search for “Military Friendly Schools”. These institutions usually have someone trained to review the Joint Service Transcripts (JST) to maximize your transfer credits.

As a note, just because something is listed on your JST does not mean the school is required to accept it as credit. Not all schools have the same programs, which means that not all schools can accept every credit available in the universe of higher education.

List of Military Friendly Colleges

So, we’ve defined what we interpret as a Military Friendly College, and we’ve covered which schools we find to be the best for Tuition Assistance.  Now, you may be wondering which schools are the best military friendly schools in general.  In compiling our list of military friendly colleges, we looked at the most shared criteria among the different lists. 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

Stanford
Dartmouth
Cornell
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)

 

Bestcolleges

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

 

LendEDU

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

 

GuideToOnlineSchools

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

 

Best Military Friendly Online Schools

These days, and especially since the pandemic started, online learning has become more mainstream than ever before.

There are pros and cons to each side of the Traditional vs. Online learning environments, so choosing a school and its format are important considerations.

When it comes to online learning, some of the advantages many students appreciate are:

  • Affordability
  • Setting Own Schedule
  • More Degree Options
  • Self-Paced Learning
  • Accelerated Degree Options

The following is a list of schools who 1) accept the GI Bill, 2) are Yellow Ribbon Schools, and 3) accept Tuition Assistance funding:

(Please note, some of the schools listed above may have paid College Recon for promotional consideration)

For more information regarding online schools, check out College Recon’s list of the Best Online Colleges for Military students.

How to Become a Military Veteran Friendly School

Universities across the country have noticed a steady increase in military student enrollment over the past decade. More and more Veterans are furthering their education, and in numbers never seen before. 

While there are for-profit schools that see military students as guaranteed paydays, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) closely monitors and periodically audits institutes of higher learning.

If you are a School Certifying Official (SCO), and you are looking for ways to improve your school’s appeal to the VA and Veterans, read How to Become a Military Veteran Friendly School. This guide points you to all the resources offered by the VA for institutes of higher education.

For those School Certifying Officials (SCOs), the VA publishes resources to administer to students using VA benefits to pay for college. Some of these resources are:

Some other key SCO resources provided by the VA are:

The Need for FAQs

No matter how long an article, or how dense the information, there will always be questions left unanswered. The reason is that no two students are the same, even if they attend the same school.

Whenever possible, College Recon collects or presents FAQs that address specific topics related to your education benefits and colleges in general. Some of these include:

If you have questions about anything GI Bill or VA related, the best place to start is at the source. 

AskVA replaces IRIS

On October 18, 2021, the VA will roll out it’s new AskVA portal, which is a place for Veterans to submit questions, concerns and recommendations to the VA. This new system will replace the outdated Inquiry Routing & Information System (IRIS).

You will not have to sign in to use AskVA, but for GI Bill inquiries you will have to sign in with something that verifies your identity, like:

  1. A verified ID.me account
  2. A MyHealtheVet account
  3. A DS Logon account

Call the VA

If you would rather speak to a person directly, there are numbers to call based on your need:

  • GI Bill Hotline: 888.442.4551 (M-F, 0800-1900 ET)
  • VA Benefits Hotline: 800.827.1000 (M-F, 0800-2100 ET)
  • MyVA411 main information line: 800.698.2411 (24/7)
  • Students outside the US: 1.918.781.5678

More Resources on Military Friendly Colleges

So far we’ve covered a lot of information related to Military Friendly Colleges. The following links will allow you to dive deeper into specific topics.

Also, don’t forget to check out the College Recon School Finder to narrow your search based on criterion specific to you.

Military Veteran Friendly Education

If you are currently in the military or a veteran, there are so many resources available to you. Your education benefits are one of the most coveted in these days of massive student debt. 

To make the most of your education, determine what you want to do, the program necessary to make it happen, and then the schools that offer those programs. 

Look for schools that accept Tuition Assistance and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Conclusion

Because of your sacrifices, you deserve the best future an education can buy. While we can’t do your homework for you, we will always offer the most up-to-date and relevant information we can get. 

The choice is yours. What are you going to study?

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