BGSU once again named the top university in Ohio for veterans

University ranks 54th nationally on 2018 Military Times list

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Bowling Green State University was once again named the top university in Ohio for veterans by the Military Times. Formerly known as Best for Vets, the ranking is now called the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018.

Military Times ranked BGSU 54th out of 140 four-year institutions in the nation, besting all other Ohio schools and remaining one of the top academic choices in the country for veterans and active-duty military personnel.

“We are extremely proud to be considered among the best universities in the nation in making sure that student veterans have the necessary tools to succeed in academic life,” BGSU President Mary Ellen Mazey said. “These rankings recognize Bowling Green State University’s dedication to helping current and former U.S. military personnel inside and outside of the classroom.”

To be considered for the Military Times Best ranking, colleges had to fill out a survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veterans and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Military Times’ annual Best “These rankings recognize Bowling Green State University’s dedication to helping current and former U.S. military personnel inside and outside of the classroom.”Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

“The University has long been committed to making a college education a reality for veteran students,” said Barbara Henry, assistant vice president for nontraditional and military student services. “We are here to help make the transition from life in the military to life on a college campus as seamless and stress-free as possible.”

To enhance the University’s support of military students and help them achieve a sense of belonging, it opened the Military and Veteran Student Center a year ago.

“The students are utilizing the center from 8 in the morning until 8 at night,” Henry said. “They study, talk, share a cup of coffee, and tell stories as they transition and find success at BGSU.”

The Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.