WMU is named 'Best for Vets' for the sixth consecutive year.

 Military Times has named Western Michigan University one of the nation's best institutions for military veterans pursuing higher education--making the top-100 list for the sixth consecutive year.

In a pre-Veterans Day release of its latest assessment Nov. 9, Military Times has placed WMU on its 2016 "Best for Vets" list of colleges and universities. With a ranking of No. 76 this year, WMU is the only Michigan school to have appeared on all six years of the publication's annual list of the top colleges in the United States considered "the best fit for service members, military veterans and their families."  The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands this week and online at MilitaryTimes.com. The rankings can also be found on each magazine's website.

According to the publication, more than 600 colleges and universities from across the nation completed a detailed survey that determined their standing. This is the second such accolade WMU has received this month. On Nov. 5, both WMU and the WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School were lauded as 2016 Military Friendly Schools by Victory Media, the publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.

WMU's Office of Military and Veterans Affairs serves more than 600 veteran students, the greatest number of veterans enrolled at a public university in Michigan. The office was established in 2009 to support veterans, service members and the family members of veterans. It provides guidance and mentorship in academic, benefit and other areas, as well as general information about WMU and its services, the campus community, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

WMU has earned accolades by offering in-state tuition status to veterans since 2007 and to veterans' dependents since 2008, assisting with obtaining G.I. Bill benefits, providing tailored academic and career counseling, offering disability services, and having a chapter of the Student Veterans of America.

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