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UMD Named Among “Best for Vets” by Military Times

November 1, 2016
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Lee Tune 301-405-4679

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – The University of Maryland was named to the Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” list, released today. The eighth annual rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ comprehensive school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.

"UMD Veteran Student Life in conjunction with many departments across campus are providing innovative services and programs that are helping veterans, not only with their academics, but also with their transitions and work-life blend," said veteran Brian Bertges, coordinator, Veteran Student Life. "For example, by expanding our outdoor adventure offerings and including families into our veterans programming, the University of Maryland is moving forward in a dynamic way, and I am proud to be a part of it.

"As we continue forward with new fearless ideas for supporting our vets, we will push the envelope for what a veteran friendly school can be," said Bertges.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to document an 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. The institutions were evaluated in several categories, with university culture and academic outcomes bearing the most weight.

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 the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, go to: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2017.

UMD was also recently ranked No. 36 nationally as one of the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report.

The University of Maryland recognizes the extraordinary contributions of members of our armed services; understands the unique challenges of transitioning into a university environment and is committed to providing an environment that helps veterans pursue their academic and personal goals, explore different learning experiences, and get involved in campus life. The univesity's hub for resources that can serve veterans who are students, staff, or faculty is UMD's Veteran Student Life program and Veterans Center.

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