Best for Vets: Colleges 2013
Online and nontraditional
These schools serve military students primarily online or through a network of small campuses; or reported in a past survey that they offer classes all or mostly online or through a decentralized network of campuses.

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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 Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs, Colo. For-profit 24,617 5,100 4 stars 1.5 stars NCACS 10% 25%
2 Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. Private 64,096 17,434 4 stars 1.5 stars SACS 48% 7%
3 Park University Parkville, Mo. Private 11,759 14,500 3.5 stars 4 stars NCACS 39% 10%
4 Central Texas College Killeen, Texas Public *31,191 38,156 4 stars 2 stars SACS 15% 19%
5 Berkeley College Woodland Park, N.J. For-profit 8,721 500 4 stars 2.5 stars MSCHE 36% 20%
6 Alliant International University San Diego, Calif. Private 3,998 197 2 stars 1 star WASC-SCU 29% 5%
7 University of Maryland University College Adelphi, Md. Public *61,333 50,857   4 stars 2 stars MSCHE 12% 6%
8 Thomas Edison State College Trenton, N.J. Public 20,251 8,975 4 stars 1 star MSCHE no data 7%
9 Columbia College Columbia, Mo. Private 18,091 7,859 4 stars 0.5 star NCACS 40% 12%
10 Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Private 17,042 1,779 3.5 stars 2.5 stars SACS 57% 20%
11 American Military University Charles Town, W.Va. For-profit 50,838 71,419 3.5 stars 2.5 stars NCACS no data **7%
12 Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. Private 35,608 13,144 3.5 stars 2 stars MSCHE no data 9%
13 University of Phoenix Tempe, Ariz. For-profit 404,408 35,000 4 stars 1 star NCACS 16% 26%
14 Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. Private 15,564 9,329 2 stars 0.5 star SACS 46% 7%
15 Felician College Lodi, N.J. Private 2,301 not given   3 stars 0.5 star MSCHE 36% 12%
15 Troy University Troy, Ala. Public 26,172 4,158 0.5 star 1 star SACS 32% 15%
17 Stratford University Falls Church, Va. For-profit 1,823 310 1 star 3 stars ACICS 51% 19%
18 Grantham University Kansas City, Mo. For-profit *14,197 11,366 3.5 stars 2.5 stars DETC 33% no data
19 American Sentinel University Aurora, Colo. For-profit 1,980 529 2 stars 3 stars DETC no data no data
20 Full Sail University Winter Park, Fla. For-profit 20,160 1,467 4 stars 1.5 stars ACCSC 80% 12%
*Enrollment as reported by school, not federal government
**Combined rate of American Military University and American Public University