Military Times honored Armstrong State University this week, ranking the institution seventh among four-year schools on its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” list.
Now in its sixth year, the annual rankings stand apart as the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. This year marks the second consecutive year Armstrong has been included on the list.
“We are deeply honored to again be recognized by the Military Times as one of the nation’s leading universities supporting active-duty military students and veterans on campus,” said Armstrong President Linda Bleicken. “Armstrong offers an extensive array of support to military students, veterans and their families in an ongoing commitment to the military community.”
The rankings are published in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 9; and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
The College of Coastal Georgia in Brunswick ranked 62nd on the list.
“It’s a great honor to be ranked nationally among the best colleges for our veterans,” said Coastal Georgia President Greg Aloia. “At the college, we have a commitment to making sure our veterans have every possible resource to make their experience as seamless and unburdened as possible. It is the least we can do for those who were willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms.”
As with all Best for Vets rankings, “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” is an editorially independent news project that evaluates many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. The survey-based ranking requires schools to document a spectrum of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe the various aspects of veteran culture on a campus. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s survey.
Military Times’ series of Best for Vets rankings includes: Colleges, Career and Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers, Law Enforcement and Places to Live.
“Over the past six years of our surveys, we’ve seen so many schools first begin to foster — through new policies, services and dedicated facilities — and then nurture these wonderful communities,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Best for Vets. “We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best — the colleges that really are setting the example.”
Previously, Armstrong was honored as a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. The university is ranked in the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide for its military friendly status. Armstrong also has a Green Zone program to support military-affiliated students on campus through faculty and staff training and currently waives all mandatory fees for active duty military.
In addition to providing a supportive campus environment for military students, Armstrong is also part of a network of universities that guarantees 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 Liberty County. A new expanded facility in downtown Hinesville will be open to students in January.
For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016.