Park University Selected Top “Best for Vets” Private School in the Country

Monday, November 9, 2015

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Best For Vets 2016Park University has been selected as the No. 1 “Best for Vets” private college/university in the country, as announced today by Military Times in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings. The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.

Military Times, an independent source for news and information for the military community, and its associated newsweeklies, Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, ranked Park as the top private college/university in the country and No. 2 overall in the “online and nontraditional” category (schools that serve military students primarily online or through a network of campuses). Last year, Park was ranked No. 4 and No. 7, respectively.

The publication gave Park four stars (out of four) for its staff support and four stars for its academic support. The staff support distinction rates the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues in proportion to its military and veteran student population, the amount of time staff spend on veterans issues, and the scope and frequency of military-related training for instructors and administrators. The academic support marks rate the type of academic help schools provide, such as tutoring, mentors and learning communities, and whether there is a separate version of these types of support for veterans. The ratings also consider withdrawal and re-enrollment policies for deployed service members.

Park military and veteran students were surveyed based on university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid. Along with tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, Park offers unique resources for its service members and veteran student population, including the Park Warrior Center, a division of the University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services. The PWC helps students on such topics as education, employment, finances, relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and transition. In addition to the PWC, Park offers a Success for Veterans program that provides a smooth and comprehensive transition for veteran students, as well as educational opportunities for students in the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., that provides an impressive variety of master’s degree programs and emphases for officers.

The Military Times ranking is the second military-related distinction Park University has received in the past week. On Nov. 5, Park was named a Military Friendly School for the seventh consecutive year by Victory Media.

View the rankings at http://bestforvets.militarytimes.com/2016/colleges/online-nontraditional/. For more information about Park University’s military and veteran services and programs, visit www.park.edu/military.