Military Times Includes SUNY Empire Among “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016.”

By David Henahan, director of communications, SUNY Empire State College

November 19, 2015

Military Times magazine again has included SUNY Empire State College among its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016.”

books hanging in a black leather strapAgain this year, the college was highlighted in the online and nontraditional category and identified as a Best for Vets institution. The college has been recognized each year since the magazine first began publishing Best for Vets six years ago.

According to Best for Vets, nontraditional institutions reported that more than half of their classes are either offered exclusively online or that most of students do not attend classes at a central campus or a few regional campuses.

More than 600 public and private colleges and universities from across the country took part in this year’s survey. This group also included for-profit institutions.

The honor noted several specific features of the college including:

  • low in-state undergraduate and graduate tuition and waiving most fees for veterans and active-duty military
  • award-winning Office of Veteran and Military Education
  • low student-faculty ratio and strong support staff
  • extracurricular activities for veterans, active-duty military and their families.

“Every year we strive to improve upon the quality of the education and overall college experience of each SUNY Empire student, including our veteran and military students,” said Merodie A. Hancock, president of the college. “Six consecutive years of recognition by Best for Vets for student success demonstrates the dedication, effectiveness and commitment of SUNY Empire’s faculty, professional and support staff. SUNY Empire veteran and military students and their families deserve the most praise because they sacrifice so much in service to the country.”

“We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best, the colleges that really are setting the example,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “It has been amazing to witness how colleges all across higher education have embraced service members and their families.”

In addition to strengths listed by Military Times, the college supports veterans and members of the military community through:

  • education partnerships with all branches of the military
  • Credit Where Credit is Due: Veteran and Service Member Pathway to the MBA
  • Advanced Graduate Certificate in Veterans’ Services
  • Student Veterans and Military Club.

Last year, the college’s MBA program also was again named to “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2015” by Military Times.

Military Times annually surveys colleges and universities in order to document the array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives each institutions offers students with military ties. The survey also requires campuses to describe their veteran and military culture.

Military Times also factors in data from the departments of Veterans Affairs and Defense, as well as three education department sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Center, data from the federal College Scorecard and the Information for Financial Aid Professionals Website’s Cohort Default Rate Database.

All Best for Vets rankings are editorially independent news projects that evaluate the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

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