University of Dubuque Named to Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 Rankings

Nov 29, 2017 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque was selected for the Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings. The distinction, formerly Best for Vets, recognized UD for its commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to America’s veterans and military-connected students.

“The University of Dubuque was ranked 18th out of 600 schools surveyed by Military Times in regards to which schools were the best for service members, military veterans, and their families. It is proof that UD and the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center are providing some of the best opportunities for service members, military veterans, and their family members,” said Rick Ernst (CSM, USA, Ret), veterans admission and assistance coordinator. “The selection is a testament to the University’s commitment to providing the necessary resources to make veterans successful.”

In its eighth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.

Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s detailed survey and 218 were named to the list.

"Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies, and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts."

Military Times’ annual Best Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document an array of services, special rules, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data, and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

For the full Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, visit to