Top 100 - Best Colleges for Veterans


Our "Top 100 - Best Colleges for Veterans" list is designed to provide veterans and active-duty military personnel information on the top-ranked, four-year colleges and universities that offer the best benefits, services and overall resources that help make a college education more accessible and affordable.


Rank School Name Total Enroll. Miltary Enroll. Veterans Office ACE Credit* GI Bill* Yellow Ribbon
Unviersity of Nebraska Omaha
Omaha, NE
15,200 722
Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY
16,100 964
CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, NY
15,200 728 n/a
South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
Rapid City, SD
2,640 148 n/a
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL
48,330 1,534
D'Youville College
Buffalo, NY
3,150 200
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
53,540 648
Florida State University
Tallahassee,FL
41,100 372
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
New Brunswick, NJ
65,500 n/a n/a
California State University–San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA
18,400 357 n/a
South Dakota State University
city, state
12,500 542
Armstrong State University
Savannah, GA
7,100 455
University of the Incarnate Word
San Antonio, TX
8,690 2,224
Old Dominion University
Norfolk, VA
24,800 2,594 n/a
St. Petersburg College
St. Largo, FL
32,400 2,233 n/a
Western Illinois University
Macomb, IL
11,700 635 n/a
Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, KY
20,500 616
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
35,500 1,118 n/a
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX
33,100 768
California State University–San Marcos
San Marcos, CA
11,300 439 n/a
Lewis University
Romeoville, IL
6,600 550
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
Galloway, NJ
8,460 257
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY
28,440 404 n/a
Morehead State University
Morehead, KY
11,360 230 n/a
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA
41,400 2,584
The University of Texas at El Paso
El Paso, TX
44,140 1,940 n/a
Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, AZ
26,590 n/a n/a
University of Missouri–St. Louis
St. Louis, MO
16,800 365
John Carroll University
University Heights, OH
3,730 63
Southern Illinois University–Carbondale
Carbondale, IL
17,960 1,077 n/a
Angelo State University
San Angelo, TX
6,536 408
Metropolitan State University of Denver
Denver, CO
22,750 1,014 n/a
Hawaii Pacific University
Honolulu, HI
6,740 2,077
Mississippi State University
Starkville, MS
20,160 643
University of West Florida
Pensacola, FL
12,600 1,584
University of Texas at Arlington
Arlington, TX
33,330 1,590 n/a
University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Champaign, IL
44,500 410
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
37,760 1,041 n/a
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY
21,300 309
University of Central Oklahoma
Edmond, OK
17,200 718
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Oshkosh, WI
13,720 564
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH
19,410 306 n/a
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV
29,000 959
University of Colorado–Colorado Springs
Colorado Springs, CO
11,020 290
The Ohio State University
Columbus, OH
63,900 1,505
St. Joseph's College
Brooklyn, NY
5,340 189
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS
27,780 637
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL
29,440 1,203
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL
30,800 710
Stratford University
Fairfax, VA
2,350 460
51 Troy University
Troy, AL
29,380 4,600
52 The George Washington University
Washington DC
24,500 1,176
53 University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire
Eau Claire, WI
11,070 394
54 University of Maine at Augusta
Augusta, ME
4,990 397 n/a
55 Fordham University
Bronx, NY
15,000 298
56 University of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, MI
43,700 219
57 Webster University
St. Louis, MO
20,250 4,447
58 Georgia Perimeter College
Decatur, GA
21,123 858
59 Arkansas State University
Jonesboro, AR
13,550 n/a n/a
60 Saginaw Valley State University
University Center, MI
10,240 147 n/a
61 University of Massachusetts–Lowell
Lowell, MA
16,900 n/a
62 Northern Kentucky University
Highland Heights, KY
15,260 452 n/a
63 University of Massachusetts Boston
Boston, MA
16,270 600 n/a
64 Berkeley College
New York City, NY
8,100 600
65 University of South Dakota
Vermillion, SD
10,300 387
66 University of California–Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
42,200 n/a
67 University of Northern Iowa
Cedar Falls, IA
12,150 197
68 Northwestern Michigan College
Traverse City, MI
2,890 301 n/a
69 SUNY College at Oswego
Oswego, NY
8,120 136 n/a
70 SUNY College at Plattsburgh
Plattsburgh, NY
6,000 100
71 Kennesaw State University
Kennesaw, GA
25,000 1,243
72 University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Pembroke, NC
6,200 361
73 University of South Carolina Aiken
Aiken, SC
3,300 78
74 Iowa State University of Science and Technology
Ames, IA
33,200 695 n/a
75 Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, MI
24,300 335
76 The University of Georgia
Athens, GA
34,500 230 n/a
77 University of Connecticut
Storrs, CT
5,000 500
78 University of Louisville
Louisville, KY
22,500 852
79 California State University–Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
28,750 n/a n/a
80 The University of Texas at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX
28,600 91 n/a
81 Long Island University
Brookville, NY
20,030 309
82 Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
24,500 470 n/a
83 Youngstown State University
Youngstown, OH
13,350 347 n/a
84 University of San Diego
San Diego, CA
8,330 348
85 The University of Oklahoma–Norman Campus
Norman, OK
27,300 1,746
86 University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO
32,250 720 n/a
87 University of New Haven–West Haven and New London Campuses
West Haven, CT
6,555 198
88 Campbell University
Buies Creek, NC
6,095 1,327
89 Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Edinboro, PA
7,100 114 n/a
90 Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC
10,100 232
91 Mercy College
Dobbs Ferry, NY
11,650 322
92 Concord University
Athens, WV
2,740 n/a n/a
93 Kutztown University of Pennsylvania
Kutztown, PA
9,500 n/a
94 Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN
25,000 850 n/a
95 Monmouth University
West Long Branch, NJ
5,000 500 n/a
96 Dallas Baptist University
Dallas, TX
5,450 517
97 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University–Daytona Beach
Daytona Beach, FL
5,280 517
98 University of Evansville
Evansville, IN
2,630 37
99 Radford University
Radford, VA
9,930 80
100 Creighton University
Omaha, NE
8,020 n/a
*Institution accepts ACE credits and GI Bill at or below limits.
The colleges and universities ranked above were selected from a list of schools compiled by the U.S. Department of Education based on various criteria and academic success measures, including graduation rates, student to teacher ratio, and overall academic support provided to students. Schools were also ranked based on whether or not they accepted military credit recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE). Many of the schools on our list also have administrators and leaders who are current or former service members.

Many of the schools on our list participate in the Yellow Ribbon program. The Yellow Ribbon program pays vets and certain service members for tuition to attend a public college or university as long as they are a resident of the state where the school is located. The level at which a college or university participates in the Yellow Ribbon program varies, so this is something you'll want to look into when researching a school to attend.

Some schools will offer vets and service members credit for training and formal course work completed while on active duty. Attending a college or university that accepts ACE credits allows veterans and service members to complete a college degree in a shorter amount of time, and consequently at a lower cost. Typically, if a service member or veteran has completed military training that mimics a course taught by the participating institution, they can apply to receive ACE college credit for that course.

Other criteria you'll want to consider when selecting a college or university as a veteran include graduation rate, student-to-faculty ratio, accreditation status, academic support, job placement rate, and default rate.

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