The University of South Carolina Aiken has been named one of the best colleges in the country by Military Times magazine, according to a news release from the school.
The rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Now called Military Times Best Colleges 2018, the rankings were formerly known as Best for Vets.
“We are honored to be recognized by Military Times for our commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America’s veterans and military-connected students,” said Dr. Sandra Jordan, USCA chancellor. “We are proud of our veteran and military students’ success, and I am grateful for the faculty and staff who provide unparalleled support to this student segment.”
Earlier this year, USCA was recognized by U.S. News and World Report in its college rankings.
More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s Best Colleges 2018, which evaluates factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. Fewer than half made it into the rankings, according to the release.
The annual survey asks colleges and universities to document services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times also factors 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.