UCCS earns honors for support to military students

Jenn Watton, (719) 255-7240, jwatton@uccs.edu Jared Verner, (719) 255-3732, (970) 901-6776, jverner@uccs.edu

COLORADO SPRINGS – The University of Colorado Colorado Springs recently earned recognition from two military-focused publications for its support of military and veteran students.

The annual 2018 Military Friendly list by Victory Media recognized UCCS as one of 16 large public institutions with gold level or top 10 status. Each of the University of Colorado campuses earned gold level status or higher.

Military Times ranked UCCS fourth in Colorado and No. 95 nationally in its 2018 Best Colleges list. UCCS earned strong marks for reducing out-of-pocket tuition costs for G.I. Bill users and extracurricular offerings.

“Our campus continues to grow and thrive with military-affiliated students representing about 20 percent of our student population,” said Phillip Morris, director, Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs. “Education is essential for service members transitioning to the civilian world. As a campus we are committed to helping service members, veterans and their families reach their educational goals.”

Founded in 2001, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, entrepreneurial and education opportunities. The 2018 Military Friendly schools list will be printed in the December issue of “G.I. Jobs.” Final results were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with an assessment of its ability to meet minimum thresholds in six areas. A complete list, with ranking methodology and results, is available at militaryfriendly.com.

Military Times, published by Sightline Media Group since 1940, is an independent publication for service members and families. The Best Colleges list was published in the Nov. 20, print edition, and compiled rankings across five scoring categories from survey results and federal reporting data. For more information, visit http://militarytimes.com.

More than 2,100 military veterans, active military, and family members are enrolled at UCCS. For more information about UCCS admissions and specific programs for veterans and active duty military members, contact Jenn Watton, (719) 255-7240 or jwatton@uccs.edu.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs, located on Austin Bluffs Parkway in Colorado Springs, is one of the fastest-growing universities in Colorado. The university offers 46 bachelor’s, 22 master’s and five doctoral degree programs. UCCS enrolls about 12,400 students on campus annually and another 3,300 in online programs. For more information, visit www.uccs.edu.