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UCO Repeats as 'Best for Vets,' 'Military-Friendly School'

The University of Central Oklahoma has been recognized as a top school for student veterans and active military, ranking No. 43 among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on the The Military Times’ just-released 2016 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, and as a “Military Friendly School” for the fourth consecutive year.

Nov. 10, 2015

Media Contact: Lindsay Thomas, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, lhouts@uco.edu

UCO REPEATS AS ‘BEST FOR VETS,’ ‘MILITARY-FRIENDLY SCHOOL’

The University of Central Oklahoma has again garnered nationwide recognition as a top school for student veterans and active military.           

The Military Times ranked Central No. 43 among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on its just-released 2016 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list. UCO was the only Oklahoma school recognized.  

Central was also recently named to Victory Media’s 2016 “Military Friendly Schools” list for the fourth consecutive year. The list identifies colleges, trade schools and universities in the U.S. that are most devoted to America’s military members, veterans and their families.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Kennan Horn, manager of Veteran Student Support at Central, said the university’s rankings are a result of evaluating many factors that make a university a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families, like services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students, as well as veteran culture on campus.

“I am truly excited to make The Military Times’ ‘Best for Vets’ ranking for our second year in a row and to be counted among the nation’s ‘Military Friendly’ colleges and universities for the fourth year running,” said Horn.

“UCO’s recent addition of the Student Support Services SALUTE program, which is specifically for veterans, is just another example of how Central aggressively pursues better opportunities for those who have put service before self.”

SALUTE, or Serving America’s Leaders Using Transformative Education, is a 5-year, $1.1 million Federal TRiO Program grant awarded to Central in August that will annually serve 120 veteran students who also are low-income students, first-generation college students or students with disabilities.

UCO offers resources for student veterans through the Veterans Higher Education Resources Office (VetHERO), the Veteran Support Alliance and Student Veterans of America. These resources aid students their academic, financial, physical and social needs.

To view the complete 2016 “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings, visit: www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016.

To view the complete 2016 “Military Friendly Schools” list, visit: www.militaryfriendly.com.

For more information about the Veteran Support Services at Central, visit www.uco.edu/veterans or contact Horn at 405-974-2403 or khorn2@uco.edu.

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Editor’s Note: To download art associated with this release, visit www.uco.edu/photo/BestForVets11.15.

Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma has been recognized as a top school for student veterans and active military, ranking No. 43 among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S. on the The Military Times’ just-released 2016 “Best for Vets: Colleges” list, and as a “Military Friendly School” for the fourth consecutive year.