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SUNY Plattsburgh Makes List of Best Four-Year Colleges for Vets

SUNY Plattsburgh has been ranked among the top 120 four-year schools in the country for veterans.

Military Times made the announcement today, Veterans Day, with the release of its Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings. The college ranked 77th on that list.

Best for Vets strives to provide service men and women with a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factor in service member enrollment, the percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and the availability of specific programs to help service members.

The organization placed a new emphasis on academic rigor when conducting and scoring this year’s analysis of the various schools’ offerings for veterans, according to a press release from the organization. The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

"We are proud of this recognition — and all the more so because of its focus on academic rigor," said President John Ettling, himself a Vietnam veteran. "We want to do right by our veterans and all of our students."

This is the fourth ranking the college has received in that past several months. It was ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck Colleges, Affordable Colleges Online’s High Return on Investment Colleges and Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list.

The rankings are published in full in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine.

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