SAVANNAH — Armstrong State University recently ranked No. 20 on Online College Plan’s Top 20 Best Four-Year Colleges for Veterans list. Online College Plan compiled the list by utilizing data and research from multiple sources, such as National Center for Education Statistics, Military Times and Military.com.
"Online learning programs are increasingly popular among military members, who are able to continue their studies without interruption, regardless of their work schedules or the location of their assignments," notes Armstrong Military Outreach Director Phil Gore. "We are honored to represent Georgia and to be the only university in the state to be recognized as one of the nation’s Top 20 Best Four-Year Colleges for Veterans."
This ranking is designed to help veterans find online programs within universities that offer direct assistance with enrollment and facilitation of their entitled educational benefits, including the G.I. Bill. The statistics factored in faculty to student ratios, staff support, academic support, course completion, retention and graduation of military students, as well as the percentage of graduates employed after six years and their salaries. Armstrong received additional credit for ranking fourth in the nation among four-year colleges on Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 list.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 2.5 million students, or roughly 12.5 percent of all college students, took online courses exclusively in 2014, and another 13.3 percent of students combined online studies with traditional courses.
Armstrong has also been recognized as a Top 100 Military Spouse Friendly School by Military Spouse magazine, a Top School for Military Students by Military Advanced Education & Transition magazine and a Gold Level Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. As well, Armstrong has a Green Zone program to support military-affiliated students on campus through faculty and staff awareness training and waives all mandatory fees for active duty military.
In addition to providing a supportive campus environment for military-affiliated students, Armstrong is also part of a network of universities that work to guarantee transferability of credits for military students, provides in-state tuition for members of the military and their families and offers college credit for military experience.
As a complement to Armstrong’s main campus in Savannah, the university operates the Armstrong Liberty Center in Hinesville, which helps members of the military community and their families pursue higher education and earn college degrees in key fields in Liberty County.