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UTA again tops list of best colleges in Texas for military veterans

Thursday, November 3, 2016 • Media Contact: UT Arlington Media Relations

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For the second consecutive year, The University of Texas at Arlington is the No. 1 school in the state for military veterans and their families to earn a college education, according to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 ranking of national universities. Nationally, UTA ranked No. 20 of the public and private institutions considered and was the lone Texas school ranked in the top 20.

In all, 130 institutions of higher education made the list based on a comprehensive survey of their programs and academic offerings to current and former service members and their families. Military Times cited the schools’ university culture, academic outcomes and quality, student support, academic policies, cost and financial aid as key criterion for inclusion in the list. UTA was recently cited by U.S. News & World Report as having the second lowest average student debt in the nation among U.S. universities.

UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari called the ranking a well-deserved recognition of premier faculty and staff, rigorous academic programs, and focused community initiatives that are making a difference in the lives of the University’s more than 3,000 military veterans and their families.

“These rankings are a genuine reflection of the dedication and excellence of every single individual at UTA who is engaged with our veterans at every step, from recruitment and admissions to teaching, mentoring and counseling,” said Karbhari. “Our goal as a world class research university has been - and will continue to be – ensuring that all of our students have access to the best academic experience possible, and that they successfully complete their degree programs as they move into their chosen careers.”    

Air Force veteran and state Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, applauded UTA on the ranking, saying that the University supports veterans in a full and comprehensive way.

“The state and this campus treat us really well – they take care of veterans here,” Tinderholt said. “I think it’s really important if someone is considering going to a state school in Texas, or any school for that matter, that The University of Texas at Arlington be at the top of their list.” 

UTA offers comprehensive services and programs including the Veterans Assistance Center and the Student Veterans Organization. For a complete list, see

About the Military Times Best for Vets rankings

To create the Best for Vets: Colleges 2017 rankings, Military Times evaluated colleges’ survey responses based on what veterans said was important to them, as well as on the magazine’s editorial judgment. The analysts also factored 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.

Visit for more information about the ranking methodology.

About The University of Texas at Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a Carnegie Research-1 “highest research activity” institution of about 55,000 students in campus-based and online degree programs and is the second-largest institution in The University of Texas System. 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

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