PEMBROKE, NC (WMBF) – UNC Pembroke (UNCP) was named one of the Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 by the Military Times.
Over 600 colleges participated in this year's national survey and UNCP ranked number 72 out of the 175 schools selected.
Best for Vets: Colleges 2016, an editorially independent news project, evaluates several factors that help make colleges and universities a favorable fit for service members, military veterans, and their families.
UNCP Military and Veteran Services coordinator, Mike Clawson said, "In truth, only a veteran can determine if a particular institution is military friendly, but I have no doubt that UNCP will always be making the effort to make things right for our military students."
The national survey polled items including staff, academic support, and extracurricular activities.
UNCP has seen an increase in veteran enrollment. There were 363 veterans at UNCP for the 2014 survey year and 402 for fall 2015. With an office and classrooms on Fort Bragg, UNCP has 983 military affiliated students enrolled this fall, including active duty, veterans, National Guard, Reservists, and dependents.
Clawson, a retired Army colonel said, "The UNCP military student population has steadily increased each semester since 2009, and with that, so has the effort to provide support and services to this student population."
Colleges and universities are asked to thoroughly document an exceptional array of services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. Military Times' annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey also asks them to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.
Military Times' Best for Vets rankings and special editions editor, Amanda Miller said, "Over the past six years of our surveys, we've seen so many schools first begin to foster-through new policies, services and dedicated facilities, and then nurture these wonderful communities."
The annual survey also factors in data from 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 www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016 for the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings.