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Military Times ranks UTA Top 50 Business School for 2016

Tuesday, February 9, 2016 • Media Contact: Herb Booth

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The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Business is among the top 50 best business schools for veterans in the United States according to rankings released Monday by Military Times.

UTA serves more than 3,000 student veterans or dependents of military veterans among its more than 50,000 students. UTA placed No. 43 on the list of 77 institutions recognized for their commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans.

Military Times evaluated 180 institutions based on university culture, student support for military veterans, academic outcomes, quality academic policies, cost and financial aid when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Business Schools survey, a highly respected analysis of a school’s complete offering for veterans.

“Veterans have skills that make them great business leaders, and our leadership initiatives and academic programs in the College of Business further develop and leverage those skills,” said Rachel Croson, dean of the UTA College of Business. “Programs such as our entrepreneurship certificate, the Goolsby Leadership Academy and the Executive MBA provide a supportive environment to help veterans reach their educational and eventual career goals.”

A UTA College of Business class

UTA's College of Business was named among the top 50 best business schools for veterans in the United States according to Military Times.

UTA alumnus and state Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Grand Prairie, lauded UTA’s commitment to veteran student success.

“UTA continues to be recognized as one of the nation’s best universities for helping our veterans transition from their military careers to the next phase of their professional lives,” Anderson said. “It’s good for Texas and good for our veterans, and we appreciate all that the University has and continues to do for this important population.”

In November, Military Times named UTA as the best college for military veterans in Texas. In that list, UTA placed No. 16 of the 125 U.S. institutions ranked.

Support for veterans in the College of Business comes in part from Rebecca Neilson, a retired colonel in the U.S. Army reserve with 30 years of commissioned service. Neilson is assistant director of the Goolsby Leadership Academy and the director of Graduate Business Services in the College of Business.

“The College of Business is very interested in the success of our veteran students.  The faculty and staff work together to provide excellent support and educational opportunities.  We appreciate our veterans and work with them to help them reach their educational goals.”

UTA offers more than 180 rigorous degree programs in 10 different schools and colleges. Degree programs with the strongest enrollment among veterans are in the areas of nursing, social work, business, criminology and criminal justice and biology.

“We value the skills and experiences that military members and veterans bring to UTA,” said Lisa Thompson, director of UTA’s TRIO Pre-College and Veterans Upward Bound programs. “The entire campus is committed to helping them reach their goal of achieving a degree and providing the services needed to support their educational pursuits.”

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation, for example, offers a Veterans Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The VBSN program is an example of competency-based education, which awards academic credit for skills acquired in the workplace.

The JP Morgan Chase Foundation awarded UTA a $122,000 grant in 2014 to fund educational opportunities such as those offered by the Student Veterans Project. The grant was part of the foundation’s $1 million national commitment to helping veterans earn college degrees.

Among UTA’s many significant efforts to support veterans are the:

  • Veterans Assistance Center, which provides advising, tutoring, mentoring, counseling, assistance with completing college, financial aid and GI Bill applications.
  • VetSuccess on Campus, a collaborative effort between UTA and the Department of Veterans Affairs that provides a full-time, experienced vocational counselor in the Veterans Assistance Center.
  • Vet Lounge. Located in the Central Library, the lounge provides a dedicated meeting place and study area for veterans.
  • Veterans Upward Bound, a free program for qualified veterans design to motivate and assist in the development of academic skills.
  • Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans, which offers cutting-edge, experiential training in entrepreneurship and small business management entirely free to post-9/11 veterans with service-connected disabilities.
  • Student Veteran Project, which offers free services to veterans who are undergraduates or thinking of returning to school from the School of Social Work.
  • SALUTE, the National Student Veteran Honor Society, which is designed to encourage veterans to strive to improve their grade point averages and advance to higher levels of recognition within SALUTE during their academic careers.
  • Adapted Sports Programs. Grants and awards to UTA have enabled expanded sports and recreation programming for disabled veterans. Opportunities range from wheelchair basketball camps provided by the UTA’s Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team and clinics offered at no cost to injured veterans.

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

-- Written by Hillary Green

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie “highest research activity” institution of more than 50,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UTA as one of the 20 fastest-growing public research universities in the nation in 2014. U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. The University is a Hispanic-Serving Institution and is ranked as the top four-year college in Texas for veterans on Military Times’ 2016 Best for Vets list. Visit to learn more, and find UTA rankings and recognition at