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UCO Ranked in Top Ten of 'Best for Vets: Colleges 2019'

A group of U.S. Marines performs a traditional silent drill ceremony on Wantland Stadium’s field.

Oct. 22, 2018

Media Contact: Sarah Neese, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, (405) 974-2121,

UCO Ranked in Top Ten of ‘Best for Vets: Colleges 2019’

The University of Central Oklahoma again earned recognition as a top school for student veterans and active military, as The Military Times today announced Central as No. 9, among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., on its just-released “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019” list.

Central jumped up one spot on the list, as The Military Times recognized UCO for its dedication to veterans for the fourth consecutive year.

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 student veterans with their academic, financial, physical and social needs.

In an effort to enhance the university’s existing veteran outreach, Central created the UCO Veterans Upward Bound program, made possible through a $1.3 million U.S. Department of Education grant. The program is designed to motivate and assist veterans in successfully enrolling and completing postsecondary education through counseling, mentoring, tutoring and academic instruction. UCO Veterans Upward Bound also offers educational assistance, academic services, and motivation and wellness services and activities.

“We are honored to be among such a distinguished list of universities, providing outstanding services to our student veterans,” said Retired Lt. Col. Kennan Horn, director for veteran programs at Central.

“While we are pleased to be recognized for our efforts, we understand that we couldn’t accomplish this without a tremendous amount of support from our university leadership, UCO Institutional Research, and our veteran staff members in Student Support Services, VetHERO and Veterans Upward Bound.”

To view the complete “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019” rankings, visit

For more information about Veteran Support Services at Central, visit or contact Horn at 405-974-2403 or


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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma ranks No. 9, among all surveyed four-year colleges and universities in the U.S., on The Military Times’ just-released “Best for Vets: Colleges 2019” list. Pictured, the U.S. Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon performs during Military Appreciation Night at Wantland Stadium, on Central’s campus.