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UT Arlington ranks nationally among best colleges for military veterans

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Monday, November 11, 2013

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Media Contact: Bridget Lewis, Office:817-272-3317, Cell:214-577-9094, blewis@uta.edu

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The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the best colleges for military veterans in the United States, according to rankings released today by Military Times.

UT Arlington ranks 70th on the list of 120 schools. In all, 600 schools applied for the "Best for Vets" ranking.

UT Arlington placed No. 70 of 120 institutions named to the “Best for Vets: Colleges 2014” list that rates a school’s complete offerings for veterans at four-year universities, two-year colleges and online institutions.

A total of 600 institutions responded to the 150-question survey, which placed a new emphasis on academic rigor. The extensive evaluation process also factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members.

“UT Arlington has a rich history of educating service men and women and a modern appeal for veterans who want to pursue degrees in a wide range of academic and research disciplines,” President Vistasp M. Karbhari said. “While we are thrilled by this national recognition, we also are challenged to continue pursuing new models of supporting servicemen and women transitioning from military life to the university and beyond.”

About 2,900 of UT Arlington students this fall are veterans.

UT Arlington’s notable efforts to assist veterans with specific programs, include:

This year's analysis placed a new emphasis on academic rigor.

  • The new Student Veterans Assistance Center (VAC), which offers one location for advising, tutoring and counseling, assistance with completing college, financial aid and GI Bill applications.
  • A collaborative effort between UT Arlington and the Department of Veterans Affairs that has placed a full-time, experienced vocational counselor in the VAC.
  • A recent College of Nursing federal grant in support of increased enrollment and graduation rates for veterans.
  • A new School of Social Work program to better serve veterans and active members in the military with mental health needs.
  • Grants to enhance sports programming for disabled veterans through the UT Arlington wheelchair basketball team, the Movin’ Mavs.

The Military Times organization comprises Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times. The full rankings are available in print, and online at www.militarytimes.com.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,300 students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas. It is the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more. Visit www.uta.edu/uta/student-life/veteran-services to learn more about Veteran Services at UT Arlington.

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