Military Times has named Fayetteville State University (FSU) as the top school in North Carolina and among the best in the country for veterans. The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.
“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.
Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.
The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.
“I am pleased that Military Times has recognized the efforts that Fayetteville State University has put forth toward working with our nation’s veterans,” said Chancellor James A. Anderson. “We have gone to great lengths to make certain our veterans have the resources they need to be successful academically and socially. They have made tremendous sacrifices for our country and we feel that it is only fitting that we provide them the very best that we have to offer.”
The full rankings include 86 four-year schools, 20 online and nontraditional schools and 14 two-year schools. They are being published in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at MilitaryTimes.com, as well as ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com and MarineCorpsTimes.com.
For a complete listing of the schools, go to: http://projects.militarytimes.com/jobs/best-for-vets/2014/colleges/4-year/.
Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of more than 6,100 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 900.
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