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Top GI Bill® Schools for Military and Veterans

Top GI Bill® Schools for Military and Veterans

Largest GI Bill® Schools By Population for Military and Veterans

With the constant evolution of the education process, attending college post-military career can become stressful for veterans who have recently transitioned back to the civilian world. In several cases, most former service members have not been in a formal learning environment since High School, which creates uncertainty when choosing a university to further their education and possible civilian career.  According to a Veterans Affairs study conducted in 2019 –

  • Nearly 60% of GI Bill students attended public universities
  • Almost 21% attended private institutions
  • 19% attended for-profit schools

For some veterans, finding a university that their fellow service members attend or have attended plays an essential factor in their decision making.  Listed below are the top schools ranked by the total number of GI Bill students enrolled and attending each school.  This is of course not necessarily an endorsement of these schools.

American Military University

As reported by Military Times, American Military University is the one provider of higher education to the U.S. military and part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and has been named the top choice nationwide for veterans using their GI Bill benefit. The number of GI Bill students that attend is 17,648, which comes to over $58 million in GI Bill funds used there. This university is extremely popular with the Active Guard Reserve (AGR) members due to its flexible schedules and online class structure.

University of Maryland Global Campus

The university has been serving the higher education needs of the U.S. Armed Forces since 1947. Today, they have enrolled more than 50,000 active-duty military servicemembers, reservists, veterans, and their family members. They feature more than 140 classroom and service locations worldwide to help ensure the service member or veteran’s success. Plus, a veteran or Service member can fast-track their bachelor’s degree by transferring up to 90 credits for prior education, military training, and work experience.  Find more info on University of Maryland Global Campus.

University of Phoenix-Online Campus

The university can help veterans or Service Members earn a degree or continue their education to enhance their role in the military or civilian career. The university’s military representatives are positioned to help interested personnel discover relevant programs for their desired position. Many even have a military background, so they know the unique challenges a veteran may face.

Active and Reserve military members and their families are directed to speak with their assigned educational services officer (ESO) or approved installation staff before enrolling. Please visit the education office on your trusted military installation for your respective branch. National Guard and Reserve members who do not have an ESO on their assigned base can contact their regional education office for support.

Liberty University

As an accredited Christian college with a 7,000-acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University offers you an education that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview. At Liberty, you will benefit from 30 plus years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner — and more than a decade of researching the online student’s needs. Personnel can be confident that they have taken the time to learn what is essential to the service member. Many of the faculty members have served in the Armed Forces and are currently actively involved in research, resource development, or ministry to benefit the military community. Liberty University offers a free evaluation of your military training and experience for college credit. All credit granted for military training is based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations.  Find more info on Liberty University.

 

Largest GI Bill CampusesGI Bill Students
AMERICAN PUBLIC UNIVERSITY SYSTEM                 17,648
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND GLOBAL CAMPUS                 13,366
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX-ONLINE CAMPUS                 13,284
LIBERTY UNIVERSITY                 11,581
SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE UNIVERSITY ONLINE                 10,271
WESTERN GOVERNORS UNIVERSITY                   7,754
ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY-TEMPE                   7,047
ASHFORD UNIVERSITY                   6,934
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY                   6,566
PURDUE UNIVERSITY GLOBAL                   5,023
COLUMBIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY                   4,570
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY SAN DIEGO                   4,555
CENTRAL TEXAS COLLEGE MAIN CAMPUS                   4,470
FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY                   3,846
COLORADO TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY-ONLINE                   3,649
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO                   3,260
OLD DOMINION UNIVERSITY                   3,222
TIDEWATER COMMUNITY COLLEGE-VIRGINIA BEACH                   3,220
FAYETTEVILLE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE                   2,905
EXCELSIOR COLLEGE                   2,826
PIKES PEAK COMMUNITY COLLEGE                   2,769
CAPELLA UNIVERSITY                   2,741
AUSTIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE                   2,729
WALDEN UNIVERSITY                   2,657
TRIDENT INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY                   2,634
GRAND CANYON UNIVERSITY                   2,547
EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY-ONLINE                   2,392
FLORIDA STATE COLLEGE AT JACKSONVILLE                   2,355
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA-MAIN CAMPUS                   2,349
SAN ANTONIO COLLEGE                   2,315
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY                   2,265
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY                   2,265
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA                   2,247
AUSTIN PEAY STATE UNIVERSITY                   2,229
ECPI UNIVERSITY                   2,222
LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM                   2,218
NORTHERN VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE-ANNANDALE                   2,178
DEVRY UNIVERSITY ONLINE                   2,163
GRANTHAM UNIVERSITY                   2,148
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON                   2,100
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA-TUSCALOOSA                   2,079
UNIVERSITY OF PHOENIX SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CAMPUS                   2,067
TARRANT COUNTY COLLEGE DISTRICT                   2,063
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE STATION                   2,040
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY-COLLEGE STATION                   2,040
VALENCIA COLLEGE                   1,967
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO                   1,924
UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA                   1,914
PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIV-WORLD CAMPUS-UNIVERSITY PARK                   1,879
GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY                   1,875

 

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