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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States

648 Colleges
126,493 Bachelor's Degrees
$34,114 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Vets

Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 126,493 biological and biomedical sciences students received their bachelor's degrees, making the major the #5 most popular in the country.

For this year's Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking, we looked at 648 colleges that offer a bachelor's in biological and biomedical sciences. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great biological and biomedical sciences programs and a strong support system for veterans and active service members.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the biological and biomedical sciences program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. Check out our ranking methodology for more information.

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The biological and biomedical sciences school you choose to invest your time and money in matters. To help you make the decision that is right for you, we've developed a number of major-specific rankings, including this list of the Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Veterans.

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2021 Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools for Veterans in the United States

The colleges and universities below are the best for vets studying biological and biomedical sciences.

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Biological & Biomedical Sciences Schools

The #1 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - Davis. UC Davis is a very large public school located in the small suburb of Davis. UC Davis did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 38,167 students enrolled at UC Davis, 473 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 245 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $15,289.

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The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Wisconsin - Madison. Wisconsin is a fairly large public school located in the city of Madison. Wisconsin also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list, coming in at #2.

Our most recent data shows that 554 of the 43,463 students enrolled at Wisconsin were GI Bill® students, of which 346 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,489. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry landed the #3 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the city of Syracuse, SUNY - ESF is a public school with a small student population. SUNY - ESF did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #4 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Of the 2,220 students enrolled at SUNY - ESF, 38 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 25 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,339. SUNY - ESF does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Unity College

Unity, ME

Our rankings recognize Unity College as the #4 school in this year's rankings. Located in the rural area of Unity, Unity is a private not-for-profit college with a fairly small student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Unity also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Of the 814 students enrolled at Unity, 62 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 37 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,447. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Harvard University

Cambridge, MA

Harvard University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Harvard is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Cambridge. Harvard also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list, coming in at #3.

Among the 31,566 students enrolled at Harvard, 378 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 297 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,846. In addition to receiving other benefits, 175 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Colorado State University - Fort Collins landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Colorado State is a very large public school located in the midsize city of Fort Collins. Colorado State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 1,706 of the 33,478 students enrolled at Colorado State were GI Bill® students, of which 1,344 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,826. In addition to receiving other benefits, 70 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio University - Main Campus as the #7 school in this year's rankings. Located in the distant town of Athens, Ohio U is a public school with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Ohio U also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

According to our most recent data, Ohio U supports 28,480 students, and 780 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 427 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,947. In addition to receiving other benefits, 5 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize Ohio State University - Main Campus as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Ohio State is a very large public school located in the city of Columbus. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Ohio State also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 61,170 students enrolled at Ohio State, 1,851 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,158 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,438. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Texas A&M University - College Station landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the midsize city of College Station, Texas A&M is a public school with a very large student population. Texas A&M excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 68,679 students enrolled at Texas A&M, 2,040 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,388 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $9,525. Texas A&M does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Johns Hopkins University

Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the large city of Baltimore, Johns Hopkins is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Johns Hopkins has also earned the #6 rank in our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States ranking.

Among the 26,152 students enrolled at Johns Hopkins, 583 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 556 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,073. In addition to receiving other benefits, 49 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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The #11 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of California - San Diego. Located in the large city of La Jolla, UCSD is a public college with a fairly large student population. UCSD did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #5 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 730 of the 37,887 students enrolled at UCSD were GI Bill® students, of which 396 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,762. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Washington - Seattle Campus landed the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the large city of Seattle, UW Seattle is a public college with a very large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, UW Seattle also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,278 of the 47,400 students enrolled at UW Seattle were GI Bill® students, of which 780 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,461. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Our rankings recognize North Carolina State University as the #13 school in this year's rankings. NC State is a very large public school located in the city of Raleigh. NC State also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Among the 35,479 students enrolled at NC State, 1,068 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 719 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,891. On top of their other funding sources, 33 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public school with a very large student population. Michigan State not only placed well in our veterans rankings. It is also #7 on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Among the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State, 763 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $12,685. On top of their other funding sources, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Our rankings recognize Iowa State University as the #15 school in this year's rankings. Iowa State is a fairly large public school located in the small city of Ames. Iowa State excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Iowa State supports 34,992 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 455 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $7,422. To help with additional expenses, 14 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Minnesota - Twin Cities earned the #16 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, UMN Twin Cities is a public school with a very large student population. UMN Twin Cities also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, UMN Twin Cities supports 50,734 students, and 824 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 585 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $15,664. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Northeastern University

Boston, MA

Northeastern University landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Located in the city of Boston, Northeastern is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Northeastern is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 700 of the 21,627 students enrolled at Northeastern were GI Bill® students, of which 515 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,457. To help with additional expenses, 171 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rutgers University - New Brunswick earned the #18 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the small city of New Brunswick, Rutgers New Brunswick is a public school with a fairly large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, Rutgers New Brunswick also is in the top 5% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States ranking.

Of the 50,254 students enrolled at Rutgers New Brunswick, 442 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 256 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,136. To help with additional expenses, 4 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Rutgers New Brunswick does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #19 spot in this year's ranking belongs to North Dakota State University - Main Campus. Located in the medium-sized city of Fargo, North Dakota State University is a public college with a large student population. As a testament to the quality of education it offers, North Dakota State University also is in the top 10% of our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States ranking.

Among the 13,796 students enrolled at North Dakota State University, 518 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 194 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,101. North Dakota State University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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University of California - Los Angeles comes in at #20 in this year's ranking. UCLA is a very large public school located in the large city of Los Angeles. UCLA also made our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list, coming in at #8.

Of the 44,537 students enrolled at UCLA, 623 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 444 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $26,825.

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The #21 spot in this year's ranking belongs to University of Colorado Boulder. Located in the city of Boulder, CU - Boulder is a public college with a fairly large student population. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, CU - Boulder also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 36,681 students enrolled at CU - Boulder, 1,325 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,066 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,873. During this same period, 55 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Washington State University landed the #22 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value biological and biomedical sciences schools. Wazzu is a fairly large public school located in the town of Pullman. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Wazzu also did well on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Our most recent data shows that 1,046 of the 31,478 students enrolled at Wazzu were GI Bill® students, of which 566 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,054. During this same period, 2 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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Columbia University in the City of New York earned the #23 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large city of New York, Columbia is a private not-for-profit college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Columbia is in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Columbia supports 31,077 students, and 797 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 528 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,878. To help with additional expenses, 361 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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University of Oklahoma Norman Campus comes in at #24 in this year's ranking. Located in the suburb of Norman, University of Oklahoma is a public school with a very large student population. University of Oklahoma excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list.

Of the 28,564 students enrolled at University of Oklahoma, 1,464 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 874 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,980. During this same period, 21 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Oklahoma does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Boston University

Boston, MA

Our rankings recognize Boston University as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Boston U is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large city of Boston. Boston U also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Biological & Biomedical Sciences in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

According to our most recent data, Boston U supports 34,657 students, and 438 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 321 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $13,944. In addition to receiving other benefits, 48 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#28

Auburn University

Auburn, AL
#29

Purdue University - Main Campus

West Lafayette, IN
#33

University of Wyoming

Laramie, WY
#34

Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR
#35

University of the Pacific

Stockton, CA
#36

University of Florida

Gainesville, FL
#39

Canisius College

Buffalo, NY
#42

University of Georgia

Athens, GA
#46

University of Arizona

Tucson, AZ
#48

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA
#50

George Mason University

Fairfax, VA

Additional Award Winners

This section represents the remainder of the schools awarded a Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 648 different United States biological and biomedical sciences schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 University of New Hampshire - Main Campus Durham, NH
52 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
53 University of Wisconsin - La Crosse La Crosse, WI
54 Duke University Durham, NC
55 Tufts University Medford, MA
56 University of Delaware Newark, DE
57 University of California - Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, CA
58 University of Connecticut Storrs, CT
59 Clemson University Clemson, SC
60 University of New England Biddeford, ME
61 Marquette University Milwaukee, WI
62 California State University - East Bay Hayward, CA
63 Mississippi State University Mississippi State, MS
64 Indiana University - Bloomington Bloomington, IN
65 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
66 University of Vermont Burlington, VT
67 University of Notre Dame Notre Dame, IN
68 University of South Florida - Main Campus Tampa, FL
69 West Chester University of Pennsylvania West Chester, PA
70 Kansas State University Manhattan, KS
71 University of Nebraska - Lincoln Lincoln, NE
72 University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA
73 Saint Cloud State University Saint Cloud, MN
74 University of California - Santa Cruz Santa Cruz, CA
75 Cornell University Ithaca, NY
76 University of North Dakota Grand Forks, ND
77 Utah State University Logan, UT
78 Xavier University of Louisiana New Orleans, LA
79 University of Maryland - College Park College Park, MD
80 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
81 Georgetown University Washington, DC
82 Syracuse University Syracuse, NY
83 University of Massachusetts - Lowell Lowell, MA
84 University of North Texas Denton, TX
85 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
86 Texas State University San Marcos, TX
87 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
88 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
89 Northern Arizona University Flagstaff, AZ
90 Temple University Philadelphia, PA
91 University of San Diego San Diego, CA
92 University of Nebraska at Omaha Omaha, NE
93 Dartmouth College Hanover, NH
94 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
95 Stony Brook University Stony Brook, NY
96 Salem State University Salem, MA
97 Worcester State University Worcester, MA

Honorable Mentions

These are some additional schools worth mentioning that are also great but just didn't quite make the cut to earn our top Best Biological & Biomedical Sciences Colleges for Veterans in the United States award.

Rank College Location
98 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
99 Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI
100 University of Houston Houston, TX
101 Indiana University - Purdue University - Indianapolis Indianapolis, IN
102 George Washington University Washington, DC
103 Indian River State College Fort Pierce, FL
104 University of Colorado at Colorado Springs Colorado Springs, CO
105 University of Iowa Iowa City, IA
106 University of Kansas Lawrence, KS
107 University of Maryland - Baltimore County Baltimore, MD
108 University of California - Riverside Riverside, CA
109 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
110 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
111 Citadel Military College of South Carolina Charleston, SC
112 Boston College Chestnut Hill, MA
113 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
114 The University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX
115 University of Nevada - Reno Reno, NV
116 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
117 Utah Valley University Orem, UT
118 Georgia State University Atlanta, GA
119 Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX
120 Rowan University Glassboro, NJ
121 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
122 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
123 Stanford University Stanford, CA
124 CUNY Medgar Evers College Brooklyn, NY
125 Virginia Military Institute Lexington, VA
126 California State University - San Marcos San Marcos, CA
127 Virginia Tech Blacksburg, VA
128 University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC
129 Nova Southeastern University Fort Lauderdale, FL

Biological & Biomedical Sciences by Region

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Biological & Biomedical Sciences Majors to Study

Major Annual Graduates
General Biology 82,869
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 11,911
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 8,341
Physiology & Pathology Sciences 5,549
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 4,135

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Related Major Annual Graduates
Engineering 128,724
Computer & Information Sciences 92,596
Physical Sciences 32,633
Mathematics & Statistics 30,991
Agriculture & Agriculture Operations 21,156

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Notes and References

Footnotes

*Avg Cost is for the top 25 schools only.

**GI Bill® student total includes all chapters of the GI Bill® program (e.g., Post-9/11, Montgomery GI Bill, Reserve Education Assistance Program, and Veteran Readiness and Employment)

References

  • The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), a branch of the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) serves as the core of the rest of our data about colleges.
  • Some other college data, including much of the graduate earnings data, comes from the U.S. Department of Education’s (College Scorecard).
  • Veteran-specific data can be found at the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.
  • Credit for the banner image above goes to Kelly White.

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