By Michael Wunder, News Editor
A popular military magazine has named the University of Nebraska Omaha one of the nation’s top 10 colleges for veterans.
The Military Times ranked UNO 9th out of 4,000 universities invited to take part in the 2011 survey. Last year, UNO ranked 19th in survey, which examines participating schools’ financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture, and other support services, according to a UNO press release. Other schools in the top 10 included University of Kentucky, Arizona State University and Rutgers.
“We started back in the spring by polling more than 500 student veterans on what they consider the most important school services for vets,” reads the Military Times website. “Results of the student survey informed our college survey and ultimately these rankings, particularly our emphasis on academic accreditation, central veterans’ offices and staff knowledgeable on veterans’ issues.”
Chadron State College in western Nebraska ranked 23rd, and Western Nebraska Community College came in first for two-year colleges.
The University of Nebraska Omaha offers a number of services to veterans, including a Veterans Services office, a flexible deployment policy, online degree programs and an office at Offutt Air Force Base.
The UNO Veterans Services office offers highly experienced advisors able to competently offer support to veteran students working to earn a Bachelors of General Studies, a specialized degree which focuses on areas of study “specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel,” according to the press release. Student veterans are also able to apply their military experience to their education, earning 10 credit hours for serving at least one year in the armed forces.
Currently, more than 800 active and veteran military personnel students are enrolled at UNO. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available for military personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, on campus and through a variety of online programs.
“The program is so wonderful because I can apply my real life learning experiences with my courses and really tailor a degree that is best suited for me and my future needs,” said Jamie Gibson in a testimonial on the Veterans Services website.
The Military Times publishes several military focused newsweeklies – Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times. The publications are available worldwide at military bases.