Business School Ranks Seventh Nationally in "Best for Vets" Survey

Eastern Kentucky University, home to more than 1,300 veterans and their dependents, is ranked seventh nationally among the “Best for Vets: Business Schools” by Military Times EDGE magazine, up from 16th a year ago.

EKU is the highest-ranking Kentucky institution on the list. Only those institutions that offer graduate-level business degrees and that participated in the magazine’s Best for Vets: Colleges survey were considered in the review. The Business Schools survey measured university culture, student support, academic outcomes and quality, academic policies, and cost and financial assistance. University culture and student support were given the most weight in the survey.

Approximately 140 colleges and universities participated in the detailed, nearly 80-question survey.

EKU’s School of Business, fully accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), houses the Department of Accounting, Finance and Information Systems and the Department of Management, Marketing and International Business, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) program. For more information about EKU’s School of Business, visit business.eku.edu.

Other national honors in recent years further validate the University’s lofty reputation among veterans. In 2011 and 2013, EKU earned a No. 1 national ranking from Military Times EDGE magazine in its annual Best for Vets: Colleges issue, which rates four-year colleges and universities on their commitment to helping military veterans further their education. Also, Eastern has been recognized by G.I. Jobs as a Military Friendly School each of the past five years.

All the national honors prompted First Lady Michelle Obama to visit the EKU campus and address graduates at the University’s Spring 2013 commencement.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has named EKU a VetSuccess University, and a full-time VA employee is on hand at the University to help veterans with their benefits issues.

In 2010, Eastern launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the university even more veteran-helpful. As more and more troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan, EKU has more than doubled its number of military veterans and dependents in recent years. Many are pursuing baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice, police studies, homeland security, fire and safety, and nursing, or a graduate degree in safety, security and emergency management.

The University waives the application fee for undergraduate applicants in the military and offers a minimum of nine credit hours for military service via the Joint Service Transcript, as well as military-friendly withdrawal and re-admissions policies.

Also, EKU Online is ranked among the best in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Education Program Rankings and offers more than 20 online degree programs, providing veterans with accredited degree programs in a flexible, convenient format. This fall, Eastern will launch an online degree program in construction management.

The EKU Military and Veterans Affairs Office is located at 317 Lancaster Ave. in a converted home adjacent to Irvine McDowell Park. For more information about opportunities and services available to veterans and their dependents at EKU, visit va.eku.edu or call 859-622-2345. 

Published on March 18, 2014