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2021 Best General Education Colleges for Veterans in the United States

34 Colleges
4,523 Bachelor's Degrees
$30,692 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best General Education Schools for Vets

Best General Education Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesIn 2018-2019, 4,523 people earned their bachelor's in general education, making the major the #84 most popular in the United States.

This year's Best General Education Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 34 colleges that offer a bachelor's in education. This ranking identifies schools with high-quality general education programs as well as strong veteran support.

Some of the factors we look at when determining these rankings are overall quality of the general education program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. See our ranking methodology to learn more.

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2021 Best General Education Schools for Veterans in the United States

The following schools top our list of the Best General Education Colleges for Veterans.

Top 10 Best General Education Schools for Veterans

University of Hawaii - West Oahu earned the #1 spot in our 2021 rankings. University of Hawaii - West Oahu is a small public school located in the large suburb of Kapolei.

Among the 3,128 students enrolled at University of Hawaii - West Oahu, 435 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 291 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $5,528. In addition to receiving other benefits, 4 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Hawaii - West Oahu does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#2

Monmouth University

West Long Branch, NJ

Monmouth University earned the #2 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the suburb of West Long Branch, Monmouth is a private not-for-profit school with a medium-sized student population. Monmouth did well in our major quality rankings, too. It placed #1 on our Best Colleges for General Education in the United States list.

Among the 6,167 students enrolled at Monmouth, 117 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 67 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $18,087. In addition to receiving other benefits, 24 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Monmouth does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, OR

The #3 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Oregon State University. Oregon State is a very large public school located in the city of Corvallis. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Oregon State, the school also landed the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 1,493 of the 30,986 students enrolled at Oregon State were GI Bill® students, of which 930 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,431. On top of their other funding sources, 22 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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Grand Valley State University landed the #4 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general education schools. GVSU is a very large public school located in the large suburb of Allendale. In addition to being on our best for vets list, GVSU has also earned the #7 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education in the United States ranking.

According to our most recent data, GVSU supports 24,677 students, and 482 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 309 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $10,102. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee comes in at #5 in this year's ranking. University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee is a fairly large public school located in the large city of Milwaukee.

Among the 27,012 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, 962 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 596 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $7,788. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Massachusetts Amherst landed the #6 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value general education schools. UMass Amherst is a very large public school located in the suburb of Amherst. As a testament to the quality of education offered at UMass Amherst, the school also landed the #3 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education in the United States ranking.

Among the 30,593 students enrolled at UMass Amherst, 460 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 300 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,069. To help with additional expenses, 17 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. UMass Amherst does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Webster University

Saint Louis, MO

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Webster University. Webster is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Saint Louis.

Among the 11,406 students enrolled at Webster, 958 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 818 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,137. On top of their other funding sources, 16 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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University of Wisconsin - Green Bay earned the #8 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the medium-sized city of Green Bay, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay is a public college with a moderately-sized student population.

Our most recent data shows that 343 of the 8,566 students enrolled at University of Wisconsin - Green Bay were GI Bill® students, of which 191 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $6,094. On top of their other funding sources, 2 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. University of Wisconsin - Green Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Michigan State University

East Lansing, MI

Our rankings recognize Michigan State University as the #9 school in this year's rankings. Located in the city of East Lansing, Michigan State is a public college with a very large student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Michigan State has also earned the #2 rank in our Best Colleges for General Education in the United States ranking.

Our most recent data shows that 763 of the 50,351 students enrolled at Michigan State were GI Bill® students, of which 500 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $12,685. In addition to receiving other benefits, 8 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Corban University

Salem, OR

Corban University earned the #10 spot in our 2021 rankings. Corban is a small private not-for-profit school located in the midsize city of Salem.

Our most recent data shows that 44 of the 1,183 students enrolled at Corban were GI Bill® students, of which 35 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $18,090. On top of their other funding sources, 10 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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One of 14 majors within the Education area of study, General Education has other similar majors worth exploring.

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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.
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