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CAL U SOARS TO NO. 4 IN 'BEST FOR VETS' RANKINGCAL U SOARS TO NO. 4 IN 'BEST FOR VETS' RANKING

CAL U SOARS TO NO. 4 IN 'BEST FOR VETS' RANKING

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Posted on November 2, 2011

Cal U is ranked No. 4 in the nation for its commitment to helping military veterans pursue higher education.

Military Times EDGE magazine ranks Cal U behind only Concord (W.Va.), Eastern Kentucky and Rutgers (N.J.) universities in its second “Best Colleges for Vets” survey, a supplement to its November issue.

Cal U is the only school in the State System of Higher Education to be included in the 2011 “Best for Vets” list. The only other Pennsylvania school among the top 40 this year is the University of Pittsburgh, ranked No. 15. 

Last year Military Times EDGE ranked Cal U at No. 37, which placed it among the top 1 percent of the 4,000 schools surveyed.

The magazine annually ranks institutions based on programs, policies and resources for veterans. Input from student veterans helps to establish the criteria, which include financial assistance for veterans, academic accreditation, graduation rates and the presence of a central veterans office with a knowledgeable staff.

The rankings are published online at www.militarytimesEDGE.com.

“Our Cal U veterans take pride in all we do, whether here on campus or online,” says Capt. Robert Prah, director of the Office of Veterans Affairs.

“Being ranked No. 4 in the nation is an exceptional honor. It shows that Cal U is committed to helping students meet their educational goals and assisting veterans as they return to our campus.”

About 230 military veterans attend classes on Cal U’s campus in southwestern Pennsylvania. An additional 260 service members around the world are enrolled in Global Online, Cal U’s Internet-based learning community.

The University’s Office of Veterans Affairs provides military veterans and their families with assistance in many areas, including financial aid, academic advising, counseling and career guidance. An active Veterans Club offers information and opportunities for networking and community service.

California University has been honored previously for its service to veterans and military members:

  • For three consecutive years, G.I. Jobs magazine has named Cal U one of the nation’s top Military Friendly Schools. The 2012 list honors just 20 percent of the 8,000 schools surveyed for their academic accreditations and their efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students.
  • Since January 2009, Cal U has been among an elite group of colleges and universities designated as “eArmyU schools” — preferred providers of online education for soldiers through the GoArmyEd portal. A gateway to higher education for soldiers stationed anywhere in the world, GoArmyEd.com gives service members easy access to programs offered through Global Online.