OMAHA – For the sixth consecutive year, UNO has been named one of the top universities in the country for military-affiliated students by Military Times.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, the military-focused magazine listed UNO as the No. 9 four-year university in the country for 2017. This follows two back-to-back years as the nation’s top university in the same category.
Following its launch in 2010, UNO has been ranked among the top 10 schools, public and private, among the nation’s four year universities in six of the last eight years. More than 500 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey.
Despite changes to this year’s ranking formula, which removed post-graduation employment and salary as factors for consideration, UNO was the top four-year institution in Nebraska and one of two top 10 universities in the Midwest.
“We are proud to once again be recognized by Military Times as a national leader in supporting our military and veteran students,” said Leah Meyer, interim director of UNO’s Office of Military and Veteran Services. “Whether it is financial aid, study assistance or any of the many other areas of student wellness, we look to do what we can to help these students while they earn their degree.”
This year’s rankings judged schools on a wide range of categories, including enrollment, student support, graduation rates and participation in initiatives like the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success” and Yellow Ribbon programs.
As one of the first universities to participate in the Post-World War II veteran education program known as the “Bootstrapper” program and one of the first universities in the nation to establish an Air Force ROTC program, UNO’s commitment to military and veteran students is decades old.
UNO alumni, many of whom benefitted from the Bootstrapper Program, include former Secretary of Defense and former U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, Four-Star General James P. Mullins, Four-Star General Johnnie E. Wilson and Four-Star General Bryce Poe II.
UNO is also the alma mater of four Medal of Honor winners: Merlyn Dethlefsen (1965), Roger Donlon (1967), Jack Treadwell (1963) and Leo Thorsness (1964).
Since opening in 2012, UNO’s Office of Military and Veteran Services has focused on academic achievement, career attainment, financial health as well as overall physical and mental wellness for active duty and veteran students.
UNO is also home to a host of blended and completely online degree programs, which allow military-affiliated students to easily complete their collegiate education.
UNO also offers a satellite location at the Offutt Air Force Base and has been involved in numerous partnerships with organizations such as USSTRATCOM and the Department of Defense to help conduct research in counterterrorism as well as provide masters-level education to civilian employees.
In the past two years, UNO’s College of Business Administration has also been named the best business school in the nation for military-affiliated students.
For more information on how UNO’s efforts to provide support to military and veteran students, please visit military.unomaha.edu.
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Located in one of America’s best cities to live, work and learn, the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is Nebraska’s premier metropolitan university. With more than 15,000 students enrolled in 200-plus programs of study, UNO is recognized nationally for its online education, graduate education, military friendliness and community engagement efforts. Founded in 1908, UNO has served learners of all backgrounds for more than 100 years and is dedicated to another century of excellence both in the classroom and in the community.