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Posted on November 11, 2013

Best for Vets logoCalifornia University once again has been named among the nation’s best colleges and universities for military veterans.

Cal U is the only four-year Pennsylvania university included in the 2014 list.

Military Times, the organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, announced rankings for 120 institutions of higher education on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The publisher says it placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring its fourth annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” survey, a 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“’Best for Vets: Colleges 2014’ 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.

Cal U has appeared in the listing each year since its inception.

‘Best for Vets’ rankings

This year’s rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the G.I. Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The evaluation process also looked at statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

“This is one more validation of the effort Cal U expends to assist veterans,” said Capt. Robert Prah, director of the University’s Office of Veterans Affairs. “We not only welcome veterans to Cal U, we also work with them to maximize their opportunities for success.”

The 2014 “Best for Vets” list includes 86 four-year schools, 20 online and nontraditional schools and 14 two-year schools. The rankings appear in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, a leading publication for military transition, and online at, as well as,, and

How Cal U serves military veterans

  • Cal U is a GoArmyEd provider of online education for Army personnel and their families.
  • Cal U has a dedicated military coordinator for Cal U Global Online, the University’s 100% Internet-based learning community. 
  • Cal U has welcomed members of the active-duty military, reserve and National Guard as they qualify for the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge.
  • Cal U offers a First-Year Seminar that specifically addresses the needs of veterans and service members who are new to the University.
  • The Cal U Veterans Club is a source of support, as well as a social outlet, for many Cal U students and their families.

Other recognition: Military Friendly School

Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine, recognized Cal U as a Military Friendly School, recognizing Cal U’s service and commitment to military service members, veterans and their families.

Published in September, the 2014 Military Friendly Schools® list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country.

This is the fifth consecutive year that Victory Media has honored California University of Pennsylvania as a Military Friendly School.

About Military Times

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