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UM News
November 25, 2013

MISSOULA – U.S. News & World Report recently released its first-ever “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings, and the University of Montana was one of 234 schools on the list.

The magazine developed the rankings to help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013. The 234 schools in the new list 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 University of Montana continues to develop resources to ensure veteran-student success,” said Len Leibinger, interim director of UM’s VETS office. “We provide one of the most welcoming and inviting campuses in the nation that offers a superior educational environment to enhance the future of our veteran population.”

To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school. The schools also were required to be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers and help veterans earn credit for military training and testing.

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