Mount St. Mary’s Named a “Best College for Veterans”
Mount St. Mary's University placed fourth in the North Region in U.S. News & World Report's inaugural rankings of its "Best Colleges for Veterans," an online guide to help veterans and active service personnel pursuing a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The guide provides data and information on schools offering federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance.
"The Mount has a long history of serving veterans, and we're thrilled to be recognized for our commitment to those men and women who bravely serve our country," said Michael A. Post, vice president for enrollment management. "Over the past few years, we have enhanced our services to recruit and retain traditional students on our main campus and for our non-traditional students on our growing campus in Frederick."
The Mount, along with the other 233 schools identified in the guide, scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the "U.S. News Best Colleges." The Mount qualified for the new rankings based on its certification for the GI Bill and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives helping veterans reduce the cost of school.
Additionally, the Mount was recognized for its membership in the Service-members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, which works to simplify credit transfers and provides veterans with credit for military training and national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program.
"While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News. "We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for and completing a college degree."