AIKEN, SC (WFXG) - The University of South Carolina Aiken is the fifth-best regional college for veterans in the South, according to rankings from U.S. News & World Report.
The publication released its inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans on Nov. 11. The list names the best colleges for veterans to pursue an education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.
All of the Best Colleges for Veterans scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges.
To qualify for the new rankings, the schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium.
"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."
"USC Aiken is thrilled to be included in this ranking," said Robert Murphy, Director Veteran and Military Student Affairs.
"We have a passion at the University for being a veteran and military student advocate, with a staff that focuses on helping with information on benefits, opportunities, networking, and best practices for a successful military transition from the military to the community.
We are honored to be recognized as we continue to help our veterans in any way we can."