Park University has been ranked by Military Times as the No. 4 private college/university in the country on the publication’s “Best Colleges 2018” list (formerly known as “Best for Vets”). The ranking is a reflection of the services and support the University provides to active duty military, veterans and their families.
The publication recognized Park with four stars (out of four) for its G.I. Bill gap coverage, and gave it 3½ stars for staff support and three stars for extracurriculars. The G.I. Bill gap coverage rates how well schools reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs for Post 9/11 G.I. Bill users. The staff support distinction rates the number of staff members dedicated to veterans issues in proportion to its military and veteran student population, the amount of time staff spend on veterans issues, and the scope and frequency of military-related training for faculty and staff. The extracurriculars accolade rates the number and activity level of student veteran groups, and whether the school supports those groups financially, in addition to considering initiatives to support military spouses and families, and service projects.
Military Times surveys colleges and universities annually to meticulously document the array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties, as well as describe the aspects of veteran culture on campus. In addition, the publication factors in data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and U.S. Department of Defense, and from U.S. Department of Education sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, College Scorecard and Cohort Default Rate Database.
For more than 55 years, Park University has maintained a strong relationship with the U.S. military by serving those who serve their country. Park launched degree completion programs for service members in 1962, and in 1972, the University began offering degree programs at military bases around the country. Of Park University’s 41 campus locations across the country, 33 are situated on military installations.
Along with tuition assistance and scholarship opportunities, Park offers unique resources for its service members and veteran student population, including the Park Global Warrior Center, a division of the University’s Department of Military and Veteran Student Services. The PGWC helps students on such topics as education, employment, finances, relationships, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and transition. In addition to the PGWC, Park offers a Success for Veterans program that provides a smooth and comprehensive transition for veteran students, as well as educational opportunities for students in the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., that provides an impressive variety of master’s degree programs and emphases for officers.
For more information about Park University’s military and veteran services and programs, visit www.park.edu/military.