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Drexel Ranked No. 12 on Inaugural U.S. News Best Colleges for Veterans List

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Drexel University has been ranked No. 12 nationally out of 234 schools listed on U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings, which were unveiled last week in honor of Veterans Day.

To qualify for the rankings, institutions must be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the federal Yellow Ribbon Program, both of which help veterans reduce the cost of education, and must belong to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium.

Drexel University’s approach to Veteran Student Services is based on institutional shared governance and support to guide the recruitment, retention and engagement of student-veterans. Drexel’s student body currently includes about 600 veterans and 140 dependents of service members using veterans benefits.

“Our mission is to make Drexel University a welcoming, inclusive, respectful and engaging campus for student-veterans, alumni-veterans and our employees who are veterans,” said Dean of Students David Ruth. “The national rankings are the result of collective efforts from the Veterans Task Force and the Office of Veteran Student Services, but also a tribute to the campus community, who are embracing, honoring and advancing the mission to educate and welcome student-veterans.”

This national ranking is one of several recognitions Drexel has received in the past several months for its outreach to military service members. Victory Media, G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education have each named Drexel a Military Friendly School for 2013-2014.

Christopher Diaz, president of the student-led Drexel Veterans Association, called the U.S. News Ranking “just the beginning” for the University. “Some of the programs we have implemented this year and the things we are working on now are really going to propel us and make Drexel the model of what it means to be a veteran-friendly university." He cited the recently implemented Student-Veteran Orientation program as a prime example of how Drexel is responding to the unique needs of its veteran population.