Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014

We invited hundreds of colleges to participate in our survey to find out which career and technical colleges are doing the most for military veterans.

 

Rank
School
Headquarters or main campus
Type
2012 enrollment
Military enrollment
Veterans office
Accepts ACE credits
At or below TA cap
At or below Post-9/11 limits
Yellow Ribbon
Staff support
Academic support
Extracurriculars
Accreditation
Student-faculty ratio
Graduation & transfer rate
Default rate
1 Mountwest Community and Technical College Huntington, W.Va. Public 2,608 548
NCACS [R] 18:1 26% 25%
2 Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, N.C. Public 12,584 2,656
;
SACS [R] 22:1 5% (4) 18%
3 Virginia College Birmingham, Ala. For-profit 18,148 1,933
for military
;
ACICS 12:1 41% (4) 21%
4 Trident Technical College North Charleston, S.C. Public 17,224 1,203
;
SACS [R] 21:1 31% 13%
5 Thomas Nelson Community College Hampton, Va. Public 10,942 1,249
;
SACS [R] 22:1 27% 17%
6 West Virginia University at Parkersburg Parkersburg, W.Va. Public 3,829 no data
n/a
NCACS [R] 18:1 50% 24%
7 The Los Angeles Film School Los Angeles For-profit 3,548 (1) 144
;
ACCSC 16:1 69% (4) 12%
8 Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, Minn. Public 3,710 no data
n/a
;
NCACS [R] 23:1 51% 10%
9 Minnesota School of Business Richfield, Minn. For-profit 4,164 408
ACICS 13:1 40% (4) 17%
10 Broadview University West Jordan, Utah For-profit 1,008 92
ACICS 9:1 52% (4) 19%
11 Golf Academy of America San Diego For-profit 1,132 271
n/a
ACICS 16:1 71% (4) 21%
12 Western Technical College El Paso, Texas For-profit 591 130
n/a
ACCSC 15:1 85% (4) 27%
13 Columbus State Columbus, Ohio Public 41,306 (1) 1,100 (1) , (2)
n/a
NCACS [R] 20:1 33% 19%
  Community College        
       
14 Waukesha County Technical College Pewaukee, Wis. Public 7,400 (1) 369 (1)
n/a
NCACS [R] 20:1 45% 14%
15 Davenport University Grand Rapids, Mich. Private 11,304 435
n/a
;
NCACS [R] 20:1 35% (4) 10%
16 Pine Technical College Pine City, Minn. Public 1,020 55
n/a
NCACS [R] 19:1 44% 19%
17 Gateway Community and Technical College Florence, Ky. Public 5,015 170
n/a
;
SACS [R] (3) 10:1 42% 28%
18 Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, Ga. Public 6,145 (1) 106 (1)
SACS [R] 16:1 33% (4) no data
19 Ecotech Institute Aurora, Colo. For-profit 532 117
n/a
ACICS (3) 14:1 no data 21%
20 Advanced Technology Institute Virginia Beach, Va. For-profit 600 350
;
ACCSC 21:1 74% (4) 24%
21 Tulsa Welding School Tulsa, Okla. For-profit 1,033 (1) 65
n/a
ACCSC 30:1 58% (4) 28%
22 The Refrigeration School Phoenix For-profit 782 (1) 92 (1)
n/a
ACCSC 31:1 65% (4) 20%
23 Mitchell Technical Institute Mitchell, S.D. Public 1,089 61
n/a
NCACS [R] 13:1 64% (4) 11%
24 TWS Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla. For-profit 940 (1) 995 (1)
for military
n/a
ACCSC 30:1 58% (4) 28%
25 Heald College San Francisco For-profit 29,018 (1) no data
WASC [R] 19:1 59% 12%
26 Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore Public 26,271 1,138 (2)
MSCHE [R] 19:1 23% 18%
27 The Art Institute of California - Orange County Santa Ana, Calif. For-profit 1,920 141 (2)
WASC [R] 20:1 39% no data
28 Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College Ogden, Utah Public 4,613 (1) 143 (1)
n/a
COE 16:1 20% (4) no data
29 Pittsburgh Technical Institute Oakdale, Pa. For-profit 1,791 99 (2)
MSCHE [R] 23:1 54% (4) 18%
30 Hallmark College of Technology and Hallmark College of Aeroanutics San Antonio Private 1,242 no data
ACCSC 20:1 56% (4) 17%
31 IBMC College Fort Collins, Colo. For-profit 869 56
ACICS 8:1 81% 14%
32 College of Business and Technology (CBT College) Miami For-profit 1,485 (1) 24 (1)
n/a
ACICS 18:1 81% (4) 8%
33 Aiken Technical College Graniteville, S.C. Public 2,862 190 (2)
SACS [R] 18:1 32% no data
34 Savannah Technical College Savannah, Ga. Public 4,748 529 (2)
SACS [R] 21:1 27% (4) no data
35 Blue Ridge Community and Technical College Martinsburg, W.Va. Public 4,359 170 (2)
n/a
NCACS [R] 21:1 21% 20%
36 Rosedale Technical Institute Pittsburgh Private 305 (1) 76 (1)
n/a
ACCSC (3) 15:1 64% (4) 19%
37 Guam Community College Mangilao, Guam Public 2,576 194 (2)
;
WASC-ACCJC [R] 15:1 61% (4) no data
38 McNally Smith College of Music Saint Paul, Minn. For-profit 644 19
;
NASM 8:1 51% (4) 10%
                                   
(1) Unduplicated 12-month headcount for 2012-13, instead of fall 2012 enrollment
(2) Count based on students using Veterans Affairs Department and Defense Department benefits
(3) Multiple accrediting agencies
(4) Transfer rate data unavailable and not included