The College Consensus ranking of the Best Colleges for Veterans is built to be thorough, combining perspectives from trusted ranking agencies and reputable student reviews. For generations now, military veterans have looked to America’s colleges and universities – with the help of the GI Bill – to expand their career options after service. Now, with the Consensus Best Colleges for Veterans, prospective students can look to College Consensus for a detailed and exhaustive look at the schools most consistently ranked the top for veterans. If you’re interested in an online degree, check out our ranking of the Best Online Colleges for Veterans.
How Did We Create Our Ranking of the Best Colleges for Veterans?
College Consensus is designed to be a different kind of college ranking, bringing together published expertise and student reviews to create the most comprehensive, aggregate ranking of colleges anywhere. Our method combines rankings from internationally recognized publishers like the Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and Forbes, to form the Publisher Rating. Verified student reviews from sites such as Niche, Cappex, and Unigo combine to form the Student Review Rating. The average of these sources forms the Consensus Rating, which make the College Consensus ranking.
Since the US government instituted the GI Bill (technically called the Serviceman’s Readjustment Act of 1944), one important measure of how a college does its job is what kinds of support it provides for veterans. The GI Bill was originally intended to help veterans readjust to civilian life, with mortgage support, business loans, and, of course, education expenses. Today, the expanded 9/11 GI Bill has helped a new generation of veterans return to school. College Consensus aims to help guide veterans and military personnel to the colleges and universities that will give them the strongest support and best opportunities for academic and professional transformation.
The institutions on the Best Colleges for Veterans must meet several qualifications:
- Be a Servicemember Opportunity Colleges member
- Have a Recognized Student Veteran Organization
- Be a Yellow Ribbon Program participant
- Employ a dedicated support contact for veterans, servicemembers, and families
- Offer credit for military training
All schools meeting this requirement are ranked according to their Consensus Rating.
What’s Different About the College Consensus Ranking?
College Consensus’ unique aggregate method provides prospective students with a cleaner, clearer way of comparing colleges. Sure, you could compare all of the rankings out there, or you could let College Consensus do that work for you, providing one straightforward, aggregate score based on all of them. College Consensus cuts through all of the confusion and biases of the many rankings out there by getting down to the numbers – just the numbers. The perspective of experts and real students are given equal weight, making Consensus the only ranking that takes in everyone’s point of view. Read more about the College Consensus methodology on the About page.
The Top Consensus Ranked Colleges for Veterans are listed in descending order by their Consensus score. In the event of ties, schools are ranked in alphabetical order with the same rank number.