UCCS fifth in nation in latest Military Friendly ranking

A military member in class on the UCCS campus.

UCCS exceeded the standard in all six categories and placed fifth among large public institutions in the 2020-21 Military Friendly Schools rankings. It’s the second straight year UCCS has placed in the top 10. 

UCCS outperformed Military Friendly’s standards in all six categories of academic polices and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention. The campus performed best in the financial aid and culture categories. 

“We are so grateful for the service that our military-affiliated students have offered to our country,” said Chancellor Venkat Reddy. “In return, we are committed to their success both in and out of the classroom – from supporting our students academically to providing resources for their mental and physical well-being.”

Nearly 20 percent of UCCS students have a military affiliation, including active duty, veteran or family member. The McCord-Herbst Student Veteran Center in Gateway Hall opened in 2016 and was further expanded in 2019 to provide a home for the campus Office of Veteran and Military Affairs and a lounge for student veterans between classes. 

“We’re honored and humbled to be recognized as one of the top places for a student-veteran, active-duty or family member to earn a degree,” said Crista Hill, assistant director of the Office of Veteran and Military Affairs. “These students have served their country, and it’s now our duty to give them the best possible educational experience..”

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide, input from student veterans and responses to the proprietary, data­-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post­secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands.  VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.viqtory.com.

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