USF Ranked One of "Best for Vets"

USF ranks No. 8 out of 4,000 institutions nationwide for its commitment to student veterans’ success.


By Mary Beth Erskine News Writer


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 30, 2010) – The University of South Florida has earned a No. 8 ranking nationwide among more than 4,000 accredited institutions of higher learning for its commitment to the success of student veterans.

Military Times EDGE magazine places USF among the nation’s top 100 colleges and universities in its “Best for Vets: College Rankings.”

The magazine ranks institutions based on their veterans programs, policies and services. Specific criteria include:

·         Financial assistance such as scholarships, discounts and waivers specifically for veterans including the Yellow Ribbon program;

·         Academic flexibility including military-related withdrawals and acceptance of military schooling for academic credit;

·         Campus culture and  receptivity to veterans, including ROTC programs, local student veteran organizations and training for faculty and staff in veterans issues;

·         Support services such as staff dedicated to working with veterans, outreach to student veterans through special orientation and academic support.

USF also was recently selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School” for 2011. This was the second consecutive year that USF has earned the designation placing the university in the top 15 percent of all higher education institutions nationwide.

USF currently is the only public university in the state of Florida participating in a Department of Veterans Affairs program that reduces tuition for student veterans. Called the “Yellow Ribbon program, it is part of the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Bill that took effect in 2008.

In addition, USF was also the first university in the country to strike an accord with the Department of Veterans Affairs to have specialized services for veterans taking advantage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The program piloted by USF is called VetSuccess on Campus.

USF serves 1,200 veterans and their dependents.

"This is a tremendous honor. Military Times is highly regarded among military members,” said Lawrence Braue, director of Veterans Services at USF. “Once again USF is recognized for its commitment to serving those who served."

Included with the Army Times, Air Force Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times, Military Times EDGE magazine reaches service members in all branches of the military.

Mary Beth Erskinecan be reached at 813-974-6993.