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Admissions 101: 25 colleges that do more for veterans

I volunteered for the draft soon after I graduated from college. That was not considered a sane move in 1967, when there was a war happening. I had my reasons. I learned that the army was not so bad. I saw Vietnam. Then I went to graduate school, where I never thought about whether the university was supporting us veterans. It was the same place where my wife and I had attended college. We didn’t need much hand holding.

These days, many young people going from the armed forces to college need help. A Web site,, has provided veterans with its surprising and eye-opening 25 Colleges With Incredible Veteran Support.

Check it out and tell us if their picks match what you know. West Point, Annapolis and the Air Force Academy top their list, but after that, the schools become less predictable. University of Texas-Austin is number four, Rutgers is number five. Then, out of nowhere, Santa Barbara City College is number six, with a Veterans’ Support Program that gets raves from experts. Number seven is the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, the first to get the Seven Seals award from the seven branches of the armed forces.

The list provides more shocks with numbers eight and nine, Harvard and Columbia. The universities do much to recognize veterans, the list says, despite the Ivy League’s reputation for trashing the military.

What do you think of having community college network Lone Star College System at number 11, the Post’s corporate partner, Kaplan, at number 14 or Vassar at number 23?

Tell us which of these schools make sense to you, and which colleges you know from personal experience are great for veterans.

Jay Mathews is an education columnist and blogger for the Washington Post, his employer for 40 years.


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