Posted on Nov 11, 2014
SGM Senior Adviser, National Communications
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Excelsior College named best for veterans

As of Nov 11th, 2014, for the fifth consecutive year, Excelsior College was named the “Best for Vets” college by the Military Times, a news organization dedicated to
veterans, their spouses and military families.

The ranking takes into consideration services, special rules,
accommodations and financial incentives for veterans, among others
available programs, and also asks schools to describe their “veteran
culture” on campus, according to a release.

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school
data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation,
retention, persistence and course completion rates,” said Amanda Miller,
editor of Best for Vets, in a release. “By recognizing only the schools
that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran
student services.”

Currently, Excelsior has almost 16,000 students who consider themselves
active-duty or veterans of the military. In the 2013-2014 graduating class,
34 percent were members of the U.S. military.

And though there is no official campus for Excelsior — the college is
strictly online — Excelsior has developed a strong hub in Washington, D.C.
to better reach those looking for education post-military. In recent years,
they’ve continued to release more grants and financial aid for for veterans
and their families, the most recent announcement aiding veterans interested
in earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The school is also home to
the Lt. Col. Bryant A. Murray Veterans Center, which offers financial,
educational, advisement and mental health resources to students and alumni.

Dan Coberly, Excelsior Alumni Board/Ambassador
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Congratulations, SGM (Join to see), on this distinction for Excelsior College. Who knew you are an Alumni Board member and Ambassador for Excelsior? That's excellent.

We had a recent question on RallyPoint about the best vet- and military-friendly colleges. I suggested Excelsior as a good option. I'll try to find that post. If you missed it, you could certainly provide advice to the person who started the discussion.
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CW5 Montgomery, certainly. Currently serving on the elected Alumni board. Dropped out of Air Force ROTC at Oklahoma State, was a runner up for Army ROTC--wanted to be journalist, they wanted pilots...ended up with 2yr and 4yr Army Equiv and 192SGH but not degree. Regents College (now Excelsior was there, got my degrees and commission, went on to Norwich Univ for Masters).
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CW5 (Join to see)and SGM (Join to see), I had started a conversation on that very topic.  Excelsior was one of the colleges that got high marks, as did American Military University.  I have sent my stuff to those two, plus Columbia Southern.  I am looking for the combination of affordability and applicable credits.  Should be making a decision before too long.
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1stSgt Nolan, do let me know if you have any Qs. I found Excelsior to be the most cost effective in my day, plus we have a lot of scholarships. I sponsored two for disabled vets. We have several GOs whom are graduates, and many Air Force alumni. Excelsior now has a master's program. Got mine at Norwich because at the time Excelsior (then Regents College) did not offer one. NY has some tight educational controls that limited them so they changed the name; still accredited by regional body and NY.
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SGM (Join to see) , good day. I was hoping to find out if the courses at Excelsior are accepted for the IPAP program. Have a great day, hope to hear from you soon!
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