The Best Universities For Veterans

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Veterans going to college face different challenges than traditional college students.

For one, only 15% of student veterans are traditionally aged college students. Often student veterans are older, with families and other responsibilities competing for their attention. Veterans may be dealing with trauma or injury from their service.

Yet, all too often when veterans decide to pursue higher education, institutions see money bags. Veterans intent on using their GI Bill are often targets of unsavory institutions and exploitative marketing schemes. These institutions often drain vets of their benefits, giving them little in return.

On the less malicious side, some institutions simply don’t do as good of job at graduating veterans. Determined to find the best colleges for veterans, we dove into the data to find colleges that set veterans up for the most success.

The Top 10 Universities For Veterans

  1. University Of Maryland, Baltimore
  2. University Of California, Los Angeles
  3. University Of North Carolina- Chapel Hill
  4. University Of Florida
  5. University Of Washington- Seattle
  6. University Of Texas At Austin
  7. Texas A&M University
  8. University Of California, San Diego
  9. California State University Maritime Academy
  10. Binghamton University

There you go- the 10 best colleges for veterans. Keep reading to see how we determined the best colleges, or go to the bottom to see the full ranked list.

How We Determined The Best Colleges For Veterans

There are a multitude of factors that contribute to veterans’ success in college. Active and supportive veterans’ organizations, personal life circumstances, and academic programs are all a few areas that can contribute to student performance. However, for this study we focused on a few metrics that determine veteran success:

Using data from the we ranked 517 colleges on:

  • Rate of completion
  • The percent of students earning 28k+ a year after attendance
  • The percent of student tuition spent on instruction vs other administrative costs

The lower the score in each category the better. For example, a college that graduated every single one of its veteran students would have a 100% completion rate, and receive a #1 in that category.

We only looked at public schools with 4-year degree programs. We excluded private schools because while veterans fare well at Ivy League institutions (and when not excluded these colleges dominate the top 10), only a fraction of veteran students attend these organizations and we wanted a big, expansive look at the best colleges for veterans. Of course, it is worth noting that veterans who attend Yale-calibar schools have excellent outcomes.

Keep reading to see why these 10 schools made an A, or scroll down to see the full list.

1.University Of Maryland, Baltimore

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Earning Above 28k: 93%
Completion Rate: 88%
Veterans who attend the University Of Maryland, Baltimore have an 88% chance of achieving their bachelor’s degree. It shows in their earning potential- having one of the higher rates of students earning above 28k on the list.

2. University Of California, Los Angeles

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Earning Above 28k: 72%
Completion Rate: 93%
The University Of California is one of the best public university systems in the world. UCLA welcomes veterans and those who are accepted are likely to finish their degree.

3.University Of North Carolina- Chapel Hill

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Earning Above 28k: 75%
Completion Rate: 90%
The University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill was founded by a Revolutionary War Veteran. Today they continue to honor that military tradition, welcoming vets warmly. The stats show those vets are well-served educationally.

4.University Of Florida

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Earning Above 28k: 74%
Completion Rate: 87%
UF is an excellent choice for veterans. Their online and in person courses provide flexibility. In addition, the Office of Student Veteran Services, Collegiate Veterans Success Center, and Collegiate Veterans Society provide support for veterans transitioning into the education world.

5.University Of Washington- Seattle

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Earning Above 28k: 76%
Completion Rate: 82%
The University of Washington is a research focused university. Veterans looking to focus on research, or work in Seattle’s thriving tech scene, would be well served by the University of Washington.

6.University Of Texas At Austin

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Earning Above 28k: 77%
Completion Rate: 80%
The state of Texas has one of the largest number of military residents in the US. Geographically, the University of Texas at Austin is undoubtedly convenient to many Texan veterans. In addition to location, students have a decent earning potential and a high degree completion rate.

7.Texas A&M University

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Earning Above 28k: 81%
Completion Rate: 80%
Texas A&M touts that they provide individualized support to all Aggie student veterans. They strive to offer a comfortable environment for veterans achieve.

8.University Of California, San Diego

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Earning Above 28k: 73%
Completion Rate: 89%
The second California school to make the list, UC San Diego has a lot to offer veterans. Veterans who attend UC San Diego have a better than average chance of completing their degree.

9.California State University Maritime Academy

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Earning Above 28k: 88%
Completion Rate: 63%
Another college in the California University system, the Maritime Academy is a choice that will have many vets feeling right at home.

10. Binghamton University

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Earning Above 28k: 74%
Completion Rate: 81%
Binghamton University is the number-one ranked public university in New York. Veterans receive a stellar education here, with a better-than-average chance of finishing their degree.

Summary Of Our Findings

These are the top 10 colleges for veterans- based on degree completion, earnings, and the percentage of tuition the college spends on instruction. Veterans who use their GI Bills at these organizations will be well-served by institutions that graduate veterans who attend and position them for a career. Similarly, these colleges spend a good chunk of vet’s tuition on vets. Veterans seeking a solid education would not be remiss to seriously consider these schools.

Check out the top 100 best colleges for veterans:

College Earning Above 28K % Completion Rate
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, BALTIMORE 92.7% 87
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES 71.7% 92
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA – CHAPEL HILL 74.7% 90
UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA 73.5% 87
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON – SEATTLE 75.5% 82
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 76.8% 79
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY 80.6% 80
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN DIEGO 72.7% 88
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY MARITIME ACADEMY 87.6% 62
BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY 73.7% 81
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY 75.1% 76
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, DAVIS 69.0% 87
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – MADISON 78.9% 85
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT BUFFALO 72.0% 72
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, IRVINE 70.5% 88
SUNY COLLEGE AT GENESEO 68.3% 79
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT STONY BROOK 68.1% 71
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT CHICAGO 69.5% 67
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY 76.5% 73
UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT 77.1% 77
SUNY MARITIME COLLEGE 79.9% 62
GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY 86.2% 86
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT ALBANY 70.0% 68
SUNY COLLEGE AT CORTLAND 69.2% 73
SUNY COLLEGE OF ENVIRONMENT SCIENCE & FORESTRY 60.4% 75
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN – ANN ARBOR 76.7% 90
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA 78.6% 92
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK 77.4% 81
JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY 76.8% 82
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE 73.5% 52
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY 74.7% 92
PURDUE UNIVERSITY 77.9% 70
CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC STATE UNIVERSITY 78.7% 78
MASSACHUSETTS MARITIME ACADEMY 85.7% 74
COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY (THE) 80.9% 84
UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS AT URBANA-CHAMPAIGN 78.0% 86
UNIVERSITY OF WYOMING 68.5% 58
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT NEW PALTZ 61.6% 74
RUTGERS, THE STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW JERSEY 73.4% 77
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA – TWIN CITIES 75.2% 77
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS – AMHERST 73.6% 76
SUNY COLLEGE AT ONEONTA 63.5% 71
FLORIDA STATE UNIVERSITY 67.2% 80
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS 71.8% 62
UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA 73.2% 65
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE & STATE UNIVERSITY 79.2% 84
UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA 73.9% 66
GOVERNORS STATE UNIVERSITY 67.7% 70
SUNY COLLEGE AT BROCKPORT 63.9% 69
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH 70.6% 68
CUNY BERNARD M. BARUCH COLLEGE 72.5% 69
EASTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 64.5% 63
GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY 74.6% 72
SAINT MARY’S COLLEGE OF MARYLAND 65.8% 78
UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER 71.7% 50
UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE 78.5% 79
CHRISTOPHER NEWPORT UNIVERSITY 70.4% 69
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY 74.1% 79
WESTERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 66.2% 61
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA 76.8% 50
VIRGINIA MILITARY INSTITUTE 73.8% 75
MISSOURI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY 80.5% 68
EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY 66.2% 64
RADFORD UNIVERSITY 68.6% 64
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON – CLEAR LAKE 77.0% 71
SUNY AT FREDONIA 58.0% 67
RAMAPO COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY 72.8% 72
CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHANNEL ISLANDS 64.0% 71
TRUMAN STATE UNIVERSITY 65.9% 71
WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY 64.7% 75
UNIVERSITY OF NEVADA , RENO 67.1% 58
STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK COLLEGE AT PLATTSBURGH 60.5% 66
COLORADO SCHOOL OF MINES 90.1% 76
OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY (THE) 68.7% 68
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA 67.3% 72
CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY 70.4% 58
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA 76.9% 70
CITADEL, THE MILITARY COLLEGE OF SOUTH CAROLINA 76.9% 71
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – LACROSSE 73.7% 67
COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY 73.5% 91
AUGUSTA UNIVERSITY 82.0% 40
WINONA STATE UNIVERSITY 73.5% 62
LONGWOOD UNIVERSITY 67.6% 67
UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT WILMINGTON (THE) 65.7% 72
WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY 72.8% 68
SUNY COLLEGE AT OSWEGO 62.3% 65
ROWAN UNIVERSITY 68.1% 72
CLEMSON UNIVERSITY 76.0% 80
NORTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY 66.4% 59
TOWSON UNIVERSITY 73.2% 71
CUNY GRADUATE SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY CENTER 74.6% 32
INDIANA UNIVERSITY – BLOOMINGTON 72.5% 78
WEST CHESTER UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA 71.2% 71
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – OSHKOSH 70.9% 54
VALLEY CITY STATE UNIVERSITY 71.4% 47
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – COLUMBIA 72.8% 68
UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND – BALTIMORE COUNTY 69.6% 63
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN – STOUT 73.7% 59
UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA 71.9% 83
SALISBURY UNIVERSITY 70.3% 67
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