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Report: UJ named to ‘Best Colleges for Veterans’ rankings

University of Jamestown has been named to the inaugural “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings released this week by U.S. News and World Report.

The university is among the top 10 schools in the list’s Regional Colleges – Midwest category and is the only North Dakota school to have been recognized.

“We are proud at University of Jamestown to extend a warm welcome to veterans and can offer them an outstanding educational opportunity,” said President Robert S. Badal. “This latest recognition in new rankings from U.S. News underscores our commit- ment.”

U.S. News launched the list of 234 schools in response to more veterans returning to school and their search for high-quality colleges and universities that meet their needs, the publication announced on Veterans Day.

The schools in the new list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in U.S. News’ 2014 edition of Best Colleges.

To qualify for the new rankings, the schools also had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of school.

The schools also were required to be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges 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.

University of James-town was named to Victory Media’s Military Friendly Schools list earlier this year. Any student who qualifies for the Yellow Ribbon program may attend University of Jamestown tuition and fees free. About 20 to 25 students receive some form of veterans’ benefits each semester at University of Jamestown.