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Military Times names MSU Denver as top Colorado college for veterans

Fifth annual rankings factor in veteran and military students’ success rates

Contact: Tim Carroll, Office 303-556-5136, Cell 303-870-7705

Posted: November 11, 2014

DENVER – Military Times announced this week its annual “Best for Vets: Colleges 2015” rankings, listing Metropolitan State University of Denver as the top Colorado four-year institution with a 32nd-place position nationally. Now in its fifth year, the rankings are the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates.

MSU Denver will celebrate its more than 1,000 veteran students, 25 active military personnel and 80 veteran faculty and staff at its fifth annual Veterans Day celebration. The event will take place today, Nov. 11, at 10:45 a.m. in the Tivoli Turnhalle.

Since MSU Denver’s founding, the University has demonstrated its commitment to supporting veterans and their continued service to our country, through their pursuit of education leading to new and distinguished forms of impact.

“We are indebted to our current and former service men and women for the unique value they bring to our University community,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan.

As part of MSU Denver’s commitment to veterans and active military students, the University established a cross-functional taskforce in 2013 to examine current service delivery and to make recommendations to senior leadership for improvements. To date, the taskforce has set targets regarding student retention and graduation rates, taken steps to establish a dedicated Veteran and Military Services center, and evaluated opportunities for new grants and registration support for veterans. 

MSU Denver also maintains one of the founding chapters of the Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) program, which was established at the University in 1973. VUB was instituted by the Department of Defense, Veterans Administration and the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. Its primary mission is to provide veteran participants with a unique pre-collegiate experience designed to remove any apprehensions veterans, as nontraditional students, may have about entering postsecondary education.

MSU Denver has also been included in Military Times “Best for Vets: Business Schools 2014,” ranked at the 35th position, and Military Advanced Education “Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities 2014.” In addition, G.I. Jobs magazine and U.S. Veterans Magazine listed MSU Denver in their 2014 guide of top Military Friendly Schools.

All Military Times “Best for Vets” rankings are editorially independent news that evaluate many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

For more information, visit MSU Denver’s Veteran and Military Student Support Services website.



About Metropolitan State University of Denver

MSU Denver is a leader in educating Coloradans in university programs particularly relevant to the state’s economy and the demands of today’s employers. With the highest number of ethnically diverse students among the state’s four-year colleges, MSU Denver offers 55 majors plus master’s degrees in accounting, teaching and social work. More than 22,000 students are currently enrolled at MSU Denver, and 75 percent of the University’s 77,000 graduates have remained in Colorado as valuable members of the state’s workforce. 

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