U.S. News: Rowan #2 for Veterans

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Inaugural U.S. News ranking ties Rowan as second best college or university for veterans from among 40 schools in its group.

U.S. News Ranks Rowan 2nd in Group for Best Colleges for Veterans

GLASSBORO __ Rowan University has long been veteran-friendly and U.S. News is taking notice.

The magazine, in its first-ever listing of Best Colleges for Veterans, ranked Rowan 2nd from among 40 schools in the Regional Universities (North) category, just behind Ithaca College and tied with Rider University.

The “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings, released Nov. 11, Veterans Day, considered 2014 standings from the annual U.S. News and World Report survey of best colleges and whether a college or university meets several criteria, including certification for the G.I. Bill which funds veterans education.

Rowan this semester started the Rowan Scholarship for Veterans and Dependents. The program offers a 20 percent discount for eligible in-state veterans and their dependents for undergraduate tuition and eligible in-state undergraduate tuition rates to out-of-state veterans and their dependents. For eligible graduate students, the Rowan scholarship offers a 20 percent discount to both in-state and out-of-state veterans.

The University’s Veterans Committee meets every semester to address veterans issues like adjusting to campus, navigating college bureaucracies, even helping to expedite the maze of paperwork following veterans from active duty to civilian life.

“We are extraordinarily proud of our servicemen and women and are happy to support them,” Rowan President Ali Houshmand said.

Rowan, which has 271 veterans and their dependents attending this semester, honors veterans from start to finish. It waives their application fee and has a special fund to pay for graduation gowns and regalia.

In addition, between Nov. 11 and Nov. 16, Rowan extended the Veterans Day holiday to  “Veterans Week,” six days of programming to honor our nation’s heroes.

 “Rowan is striving to be military- and veteran-friendly,” said Beth Sosnoski, the University’s veterans coordinator. “It’s something we’ve been working at, not only for active duty service people and veterans but for dependents with education benefits.”

The annual U.S. News survey includes 182 colleges and universities in the North category, with institutions from Maryland through Maine.

In the last five years, Rowan has jumped 10 places in the Regional Universities (North) category, which includes universities that primarily provide comprehensive undergraduate and master’s programs. For 2014 Rowan moved up one spot to tie for 18th in that category and ranked third among public universities in the North region.

For more information, and to see if veterans are eligible for special Rowan programs, please visit our Veterans Affairs office.