November 11, 2013
Press Release #13-112
U.S. News & World Report has ranked St. Mary’s College of Maryland among the top colleges in the nation for helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees. St. Mary’s College ranks fourth on the publication’s 2014 “Best Colleges for Veterans” list, released Veterans Day 2013, in the national liberal arts colleges category.
“It is an honor to be named a top college for veterans,” said Ian Newbould, interim president. “We understand that the decision to return to school after service is not always an easy one, and finding the right institution can be difficult. At St Mary’s we are committed to academic excellence, and we are also steadfastly committed to helping our service members succeed—in the classroom and beyond.”
St. Mary’s College is certified for the GI Bill and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school. The college is also a member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, a group that works to simplify credit transfers and give veterans credit for military training and national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program. These are criteria by which the rankings are based. Additional factors include graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges.