Best for Vets: Colleges 2013
4-year
These are four-year colleges as classified by the National Center for Education Statistics.

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Rank School Headquarters or main campus Type Fall 2011 enrollment Military-affiliated students, 2011-2012 At or below TA cap Yellow Ribbon participation Relaxed residency Accepts ACE credits Veterans Upward Bound Veterans office Veterans staff Academic support Accreditation Graduation rate Default rate
1 Eastern Kentucky University Richmond, Ky. Public 16,062 787 3.5 stars 4 stars SACS 37% 12%
2 South Dakota School of Mines & Technology Rapid City, S.D. Public 2,311 175 4 stars 3 stars NCACS 46% 5%
3 Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, N.J. Public 58,182 1,557 4 stars 3 stars MSCHE 75% 4%
4 University of South Florida Tampa, Fla. Public 47,135 1,726 4 stars 3.5 stars SACS 51% 10%
5 D'Youville College Buffalo, N.Y. Private 3,145 348 3 stars 3 stars MSCHE 41% 11%
6 University of Nebraska - Omaha Omaha, Neb. Public 14,712 1,132 4 stars 3 stars NCACS 43% 8%
7 University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. Public 13,513 486 3 stars 3 stars NCACS 50% 4%
8 Medaille College Buffalo, N.Y. Private 2,680 142 2.5 stars 3 stars MSCHE 51% 9%
9 University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan. Public 27,939 396 3.5 stars 2 stars NCACS 61% 4%
9 University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas Private 7,782 1,858 3.5 stars 3 stars SACS 43% 13%
11 Chadron State College Chadron, Neb. Public 2,851 203 4 stars 3.5 stars NCACS 46% 11%
12 University of Kentucky Lexington, Ky. Public 27,226 535 3 stars 4 stars SACS 59% 4%
13 Wright State University Dayton, Ohio Public 19,721 870 3.5 stars 2.5 stars NCACS 41% 8%
14 Arizona State University Tempe, Ariz. Public 72,254 2,121 4 stars 2.5 stars NCACS 58% 6%
15 Concord University Athens, W.Va. Public 2,797 68 3 stars 3.5 stars NCACS 34% 16%
15 North Georgia College & State University Dahlonega, Ga. Public 6,067 978 3 stars 3 stars SACS 52% 7%
15 St. Petersburg College Clearwater, Fla. Public 33,128 1,710 4 stars 3 stars SACS 28% 21%
18 West Virginia University Morgantown, W.Va. Public 29,617 650 4 stars 2 stars NCACS 57% 8%
19 Olympic College Bremerton, Wash. Public 7,736 1,659 3.5 stars 1.5 stars NCCU 30% 15%
20 Bowling Green State University Bowling Green, Ohio Public 19,986 471 3 stars 3 stars NCACS 54% 7%
21 Post University Waterbury, Conn. For-profit 5,634 3,011 4 stars 2 stars NEASC 36% 19%
22 Western Illinois University Macomb, Ill. Public 12,554 735 3.5 stars 1.5 stars NCACS 53% 11%
23 Fordham University Bronx, N.Y. Private 15,189 264 3.5 stars 2.5 stars MSCHE 78% 5%
23 University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, Ohio Private 4,167 183 3 stars 2 stars NCACS 60% 17%
25 University of South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. Public 9,970 406 2.5 stars 2.5 stars NCACS 48% 6%
26 California University of Pennsylvania California, Pa. Public 9,483 330 3 stars 1.5 stars MSCHE 49% 7%
27 Texas State University-San Marcos San Marcos, Texas Public 34,087 2,303 2 stars 3.5 stars SACS 56% 6%
28 Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Ill. Public 22,990 736 4 stars 3.5 stars NCACS 56% 7%
29 Texas A&M University-San Antonio San Antonio, Texas Public *4,800 475 2.5 stars 2.5 stars SACS no data no data
29 Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas Public 32,327 1,200 3.5 stars 2 stars SACS 61% 8%
31 Arkansas State University Jonesboro, Ark. Public 13,900 383 3 stars 2 stars NCACS 38% 19%
32 Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Ill. Public 19,817 1,302 4 stars 1.5 stars NCACS 45% 8%
33 City College of New York New York, N.Y. Public 16,005 263 3.5 stars 3 stars MSCHE 40% 6%
33 University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, Ala. Public 31,647 928 4 stars 4 stars SACS 66% 6%
35 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, Miss. Public 20,424 2,271 3 stars 2 stars SACS 60% 7%
35 Norfolk State University Norfolk, Va. Public 7,091 503 3 stars 2 stars SACS 35% 14%
35 Western Kentucky University Bowling Green, Ky. Public 21,036 631 4 stars 2 stars SACS 43% 12%
38 Webster University Saint Louis, Mo. Private 19,224 4,259 4 stars 2 stars NCACS 61% 8%
39 Cameron University Lawton, Okla. Public 6,463 1,168 3.5 stars 1 star NCACS 18% 20%
39 John Jay College of Criminal Justice New York, N.Y. Public 14,788 600 3 stars 3.5 stars MSCHE 30% 5%
41 University of Idaho Moscow, Idaho Public 12,312 306 2 stars 1 star NCCU 51% 5%
42 Black Hills State University Spearfish, S.D. Public 4,416 306 1.5 stars 1 star NCACS 29% 9%
43 Austin Peay State University Clarksville, Tenn. Public 10,873 not given 3.5 stars 3 stars SACS 34% 17%
44 Shippensburg University Shippensburg, Pa. Public 8,183 not given 3 stars 2 stars MSCHE 60% 4%
45 George Washington University Washington, D.C. Private 25,260 not given 3 stars 3.5 stars MSCHE 81% 2%
45 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, Calif. Private 2,197 62 2.5 stars 2 stars WASC 55% 5%
47 The Evergreen State College Olympia, Wash. Public 4,794 216 1.5 stars 2.5 stars NCCU 54% 9%
48 Norwich University Northfield, Vt. Private 3,450 386 2.5 stars 3 stars NEASC 55% 4%
49 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Mich. Public 25,086 935 2.5 stars 2.5 stars NCACS 56% 5%
50 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, Calif. Public 10,276 505 1.5 stars 2.5 stars NCACS 49% 4%
50 Saint Joseph's College Brooklyn, N.Y. Private 5,837 160 3 stars 2 stars MSCHE 65% 6%
50 University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire Eau Claire, Wis. Public 11,300 366 2 stars 3 stars NCACS 65% 2%
53 California State University, Chico Chico, Calif. Public 15,920 330 1 star 3 stars WASC-SCU 59% 6%
54 Cleary University Ann Arbor, Mich. Private 711 44 2.5 stars 2 stars NCACS 64% 7%
54 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Indiana, Pa. Public 15,340 not given 1.5 stars 1.5 stars MSCHE 52% 7%
56 Bryant & Stratton College Buffalo, N.Y. For-profit 863 165 2 stars 2 stars MSCHE 15% 23%
57 University of California - Berkeley Berkeley, Calif. Public 36,137 not given 1 star 4 stars WASC-SCU 91% 3%
58 Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. Private 10,304 4,163 3.5 stars 1.5 stars NCACS 37% 9%
58 Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. Public 7,174 925 1.5 stars 1.5 stars NCACS 32% 15%
60 Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, Ore. Public 3,893 not given 1 star 1.5 stars NCCU 43% 6%
61 University of North Carolina - Greensboro Greensboro, N.C. Public 18,627 483 2 stars 2.5 stars SACS 54% 4%
62 Columbus State University Columbus, Ga. Public 8,307 850 4 stars 1 star SACS 31% 9%
63 Albany State University Albany, Ga. Public 4,663 121 2 stars 1.5 stars SACS 41% 12%
63 Davis & Elkins College Elkins, W.Va. Private 784 24 2.5 stars 2 stars NCACS 43% 12%
63 Long Island University Brookville, N.Y. Private 21,091 201 2 stars 1 star MSCHE 38% 7%
66 Campbell University Buies Creek, N.C. Private 6,182 1,168 3.5 stars 1 star SACS 55% 3%
66 Monmouth University West Long Branch, N.J. Private 6,570 97 1 star 1.5 stars MSCHE 66% 5%
68 Montclair State University Montclair, N.J. Public 18,498 278 2.5 stars 3 stars MSCHE 62% 6%
*Enrollment as reported by school, not federal government
**Combined rate of American Military University and American Public University