UNCG has been named to the Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.
UNCG ranks No. 68 nationally for four-year schools, and is one of seven public and private universities in North Carolina to be recognized. UNCG ranks third among North Carolina schools after East Carolina and Fayetteville State. The annual rankings recognize the top 125 four-year institutions, 25 two-year schools and 25 online and nontraditional schools.
“UNCG is a place that values and supports veterans and their families. We’re thrilled to be recognized for the work we are doing,” said Chris Gregory, interim coordinator of UNCG’s Veterans Resource Center. “The creation of the new Veterans Resource Center has allowed us to expand and grow a lot of our programs and initiatives. We look forward to welcoming even more veterans to campus and providing them with the services they need to succeed.”
Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges and universities took part in this year’s detailed survey.
Earlier this year, UNCG was named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a “Top School” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) Guide to Colleges & Universities. UNCG has a long legacy of embracing veteran students and offers a wide range of resources for veterans and their families, including the Veterans Resource Center, the Student Veterans Association and numerous scholarship opportunities.
“The biggest obstacles for veteran students are getting in the door and getting acclimated to campus. Veterans leave the service and go to college, and it’s a completely different world,” said Josh Green ’04, an Army veteran and coordinator for technology for Housing and Residence Life. “UNCG has really stepped up to meet these needs, with the entire campus community coming together to serve our veterans and their families. From Admissions to the Registrar’s Office to Campus Recreation, veterans know that UNCG cares.”
The Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense Departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. For more information about the rankings and methodology, visit militarytimes.com/best-for-vets.