U.S. News ranks UCCS top for veterans

UCCS SignatureThe editors of U.S. News & World Report consider UCCS among the best Western regional universities for veterans.

Earlier this month, UCCS was ranked 13 among public and private universities in the Western United States on U.S. News’ inaugural Colleges for Veterans list. Regis University in Denver, a private university, also made the list. UCCS was the only public university in Colorado on the list.

“We appreciate the recognition of our efforts to help veterans achieve their goals through university education,” said Phillip Morris, UCCS director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs, in a news release. “We take pride supporting our veterans holistically to help them successfully transition into the workforce.”

The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members. To qualify for the new rankings, the schools must be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.

In addition to such benefits, UCCS recently established a Veterans Resource Center on campus, developing a host of programs to help veterans orient to campus and successfully transition to the university and on to careers.

In total, 234 schools were ranked across 10 U.S. News categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).

For a full list of the Western regional universities, visit http://colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-west/veterans.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs offers 37 bachelor’s degrees, 19 master’s and five doctoral degrees, enrolling about 10,500 students on campus annually and another 2,000 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.