SYRACUSE — The publication MilitaryTimes has ranked Syracuse University as the nation’s top private university for service members, military veterans, and their families.
The magazine also ranked Syracuse as third among all the nation’s universities — public or private.
The ranking is part of the publication’s “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” list, which it released Nov. 1.
The Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 ranking 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, according to a Syracuse University news release.
More than 500 colleges participated in this year’s survey, which asks colleges and universities to “meticulously” document services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran “culture” on campus.
The publication evaluated these institutions in “several” categories, with “university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight.”
During the past two years, Syracuse has “worked hard to create a class-leading campus community in support of the nation’s veterans and their families,” the school said.
In that time, the university says its veteran and military-connected enrollment has doubled. It has also raised more than $1.2 million for scholarships and other assistance for student veterans and ROTC cadets. In addition, Syracuse’s ROTC program has “grown to its highest enrollment levels in almost a decade.” ROTC is short for reserve officer training corps.
Syracuse will “further its commitment” to veterans and their families with the construction of the National Veterans Resource Complex (NVRC), a multi-use facility dedicated to advancing academic research, programming, and “community-connected innovation” serving the social, economic, and wellness concerns of the nation’s veterans and families.
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