Webster University Included in Military Times Best Colleges for Vets List

Nov. 11, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, Va., November 11, 2013 – For the second year in a row, Webster University is included in the Military Times “Best for Vets: Colleges” rankings. This distinction recognizes and rewards schools for its commitment to providing opportunities to America’s veterans. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill® and availability of specific programs to help service members. Webster was ranked at 26 out of 86 four year colleges on the list. 

“From the military tuition assistance we provided earlier this year to the Veterans Administration Work-Study Program we added in September, Webster’s Office of Military Affairs works hard to support our military and our veterans in their educational endeavors,” said retired United States Air Force Brig. Gen. Mike Callan, Webster University’s associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs. “We are honored that Military Times recognized all that we do and included us in this list.”

Military Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the survey. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and a student-faculty ratio.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of "Military Times EDGE."

The rankings are published in full in the November issue of “Military Times EDGE” magazine and online at MilitaryTimes.com. More than 600 schools were evaluated and only 86 were included in the “Best for Vets: Colleges” list. To view the full list, click here

Webster University's service-to-service members dates back to 1974, when, at the invitation of the Department of Defense, Webster offered its programs for the first time at Ft. Sheridan, located north of Chicago. Programs at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis followed soon thereafter. Today, Webster is nationally recognized for being military friendly and is one of the largest providers of graduate-level military education in the United States; more than 6,000 of Webster's 22,000 students have a military connection. Webster's high-ranking military alumni include over 200 active-duty Generals and Admirals. Webster has been recognized as a Top School for Military Students by "Military Advanced Education Magazine" and has been recognized for outstanding contributions to military education by the Council of College and Military Educators.

In 2012, Webster took the first step in developing an Office of Military Affairs by hiring Callan as associate vice president for Military and Governmental Programs. Callan provides leadership and strategic direction for Webster's alliances with all branches of the military related to the development and delivery of education programs and develops and strengthens relationships with federal and state agencies.