Military Times Ranks Georgia State Among Colleges That Are ‘Best for Vets’

Staff Report From Metro Atlanta CEO

Thursday, November 8th, 2018

Georgia State University has been ranked No. 11 in the nation in the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 survey.

The annual rankings are the result of Military Times’ school-by-school survey of veteran and military student offerings and rates of academic achievement.

The rankings, which are in their ninth year, are based on university culture, academic outcomes and quality, student support, academic policies, cost and financial aid. University culture and academic outcomes and quality carry the most weight.

Also factored in were data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense, as well as three U.S. Department of Education sources: the IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

Of 2,400 schools in the nation eligible for consideration, about 500 colleges took part in this year’s survey and 208 were ranked, said Mark Eister, Georgia State’s military outreach director.

The university remains in the top tier of all universities in the nation. It ranked No. 9 in the rankings last year.

“Military Times Best for Vets has once again ranked Georgia State University in the top 1 percent of colleges and universities in the nation,” Eister said. “Being ranked No. 11 out of more than 2,400 eligible four-year schools for 2019 reflects the outstanding service and support provided by Georgia State’s Military Outreach Center (MOC) and by the university as a whole.”

Georgia State’s Military Outreach Centers are on all six campuses and staffed with veterans prepared to guide, serve and help military-connected students with what they need to succeed in their transition to college and civilian life, Eister said.

“The goal of the MOC is to see every military-connected student at Georgia State reach their academic and career goals,” he said. “Whether it’s peer-to-peer mentoring, scholarships, camaraderie or whatever they need, our mission is to support and serve those who have served.”