Eastern Kentucky University has earned a No. 1 ranking for its commitment to helping military veterans further their education.
Military Times EDGE magazine ranks EKU highest among the nation's top 100 colleges and universities listed in its upcoming "Best for Vets: Colleges" issue.
The magazine ranks institutions based on their services and policies that support veterans. The criteria include the presence of veteran groups on campus; policies for handling military withdrawals; scholarships for veterans; acceptance of military schooling for academic credit; training for faculty and staff on veterans' issues; staff members dedicated to working with veterans; and special programs and events for veterans.
Earlier this year, EKU unveiled Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university an even more veteran-helpful campus.
EKU has extended reduced tuition rates to all out-of-state veterans. This means no out-of-pocket cost for post-9/11 G.I. Bill recipients, both resident and non-resident, who have completed 36 months of active federal service.
Also, the university has waived the $30 admission application fee for all veterans; developed a veterans-only orientation course; established a mentoring program pairing freshman veterans with returning student veterans; and instituted special cohort classes where veterans can learn with fellow veterans.
Among its 16,000-plus students, EKU now counts 650 student veterans and veteran dependents.