Three Nebraska colleges scored high in a Military Times newspaper survey, released Monday, of the best colleges for veterans.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha was named the No. 2 college in the nation, ranked behind only D'Youville College in Buffalo, N.Y., among four-year colleges. UNO was the highest-ranked public college.
Central Community College in Grand Island topped the list for two-year colleges, with high scores for staff support and extracurriculars.
Bellevue University took third among colleges with online or nontraditional programs. Almost 2,300 of its 9,600 students last year were affiliated with the military. This year, Bellevue opened its Military Veteran Services Center.
The Military Times rankings are based on a survey of 600 colleges about qualities such as culture, student support and how many staff members are dedicated to veterans' issues. The rankings’ methodology also took into account the colleges’ graduation rates, default rates, available extracurricular activities and student-faculty ratio.
Last year, UNO opened its Military and Veteran Services Office as a one-stop location for G.I. Bill assistance, transfer credits, academic support and counseling for active military personnel, veterans and their dependents.
About 640 of UNO's nearly 14,800 students last year were either veterans or active military.
UNO got high marks for academic support and its participation in the Yellow Ribbon program to supplement G.I. Bill tuition money and for being at or below the tuition assistance cap.
“UNO has a long tradition of focusing on military and veteran students from having one of the oldest Air Force Reserve Officer Trainings Corps detachments in the country to our involvement in the Bootstrapper program in the 1950s,” said Mike Connolly, interim director of the UNO Military and Veteran Services Office, in a press release.
Chadron State College also made the list of four-year colleges at No. 79.