University of Dubuque Named to Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2019 Rankings

Nov 2, 2018 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque has been recognized for its commitment to providing quality educational opportunities to veterans and military-connected students.

For the second straight year, Military Times named UD to its Best for Vets: Colleges rankings. UD was the highest-ranked Iowa institution, placing 22nd on a list of 137 four-year universities.

“This is a great acknowledgement of our support to veterans and their families,” said Rick Ernst (CSM, USA, Ret), veterans admission and assistance coordinator. “UD provides one-on-one counseling during the admission process specifically as it relates to veterans, has peer-to-peer mentoring and tutoring, and offers additional grant and scholarship opportunities. The Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center offers computers, WiFi, a kitchen, study rooms, lounge area with gaming systems and pool tables, and print, copy, and scan capabilities.”

Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent, objective, and rigorous news project. It evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. About 500 four-year, two-year, online and nontraditional, and career and technical colleges took part in this year’s survey – 208 were named to the list.

“Fewer than half of the roughly 500 colleges and universities that competed for the recognition earned the right to call themselves Best for Vets in 2019. Their efforts should be commended,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to disclose academic outcome and input data, describe many aspects of veteran culture on campus, and meticulously document an array of services, special policies, accommodations, and financial incentives offered to students with military ties. 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 more information about veterans’ resources at the University of Dubuque, please contact Rick Ernst at or 563.589.3366.