University of Illinois Recognized as “Best for Vets”
For the third consecutive year, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has been selected by Military Times in their annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings. The rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement. The Best for Vets distinction recognizes Illinois for its commitment to educating and providing opportunities to America's veterans, service members, and families.
According to Amanda Miller, editor of the “Best for Vets” rankings, over 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey. “Newly released public data allowed us to consider more information, from more sources, than ever before as part of the process,” said Miller. “We pulled data from the Veterans Affairs Department, Defense Department, and three Education Department databases for information on everything from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation.”
Support of military-connected students at Illinois is led through Veterans Student Support Services in the Office of Student Affairs and the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education within the College of Applied Health Sciences.
The Veterans Students Support Services office serves nearly 350 miltary-connected students, providing a wide range of academic support services. The Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education opened in Fall of 2015, and has had a remarkable first year. Currently 12 students reside full-time at the Center and over 85 student veterans with documented disabilities are registered for services.
For more information about the “Best for Vets” rankings, visit the Military Times website at http://www.militarytimes.com/.