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2010.10.15> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

UNO Receives Top Ranking from Military Times

Omaha - The Military Times has named the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) as one of the nation’s best colleges for military veterans. More than 4,000 college and universities were invited to take part in the 2010 survey.

UNO placed 19th in the national rankings, which examined financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. This was the first year UNO received this ranking, but the university has also been honored by several military-focused publications and organizations in recent years.

At UNO, military focused offerings and programs include:

• An office on Offutt Air Force Base providing most UNO student services;

Online degree programs;

• A Veterans Services office on campus to assist with GI Bill and other veteran education benefits; and

Flexible deployment policy.

Also offered at UNO is a Bachelor of General Studies degree featuring more than 45 areas of concentration, many of which are specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel. The degree recognizes previous college and some military credit, and gives 10 credit hours for at least one year of active duty service. Recently added to this degree is a concentration in Information Assurance that is also available online and a high demand field for military/veteran students.

The UNO program also has advisors who are highly experienced working with military and veteran students.

The current enrollment of active and veteran military personnel at UNO is more than 500 students. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available for military personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, on campus and through a variety of online programs.

The United States Air Force initiated the Bootstrap Program in 1951 to encourage members of the military to ‘lift themselves by the bootstraps’ by earning a college degree. UNO – then Omaha University – was one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to participate. Under the program, more than 12,000 individuals received their degrees.

The Military Times publishes several military focused newsweeklies – Air Force Times, Army Times, Marine Corps Times and Navy Times. The publications are available worldwide at military bases.

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