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2021 Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans in the United States

744 Colleges
154,540 Bachelor's Degrees
$32,294 Avg Cost*

Finding the Best Nursing Schools for Vets

Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans in the United StatesWith 154,540 bachelor's degrees handed out in 2018-2019, nursing is the #2 most popular major in the United States.

This year's Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans in the United States ranking looked at 744 colleges that offer a bachelor's in nursing. The schools that top this list are recognized because they have great nursing 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 nursing program at the school, veteran affordability, and veteran population. For more information, check out our ranking methodology.

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Since picking the right college can be one of the most important decisions of your life, we've developed the Best Nursing Schools for Veterans ranking, along with many other major-related rankings, to help you make that decision.

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2021 Best Nursing Schools for Veterans in the United States

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

Top 25 Most Veteran Friendly Nursing Schools

#1

Walden University

Minneapolis, MN

Our rankings recognize Walden University as the #1 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large city of Minneapolis, Walden University is a private for-profit school with a very large student population.

Of the 50,360 students enrolled at Walden University, 2,657 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,791 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $8,191. To help with additional expenses, 17 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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#2

Grand Canyon University

Phoenix, AZ

The #2 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Grand Canyon University. Grand Canyon University is a very large private for-profit school located in the large city of Phoenix.

Our most recent data shows that 6,566 of the 90,253 students enrolled at Grand Canyon University were GI Bill® students, of which 4,373 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,044. To help with additional expenses, 12 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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Our rankings recognize Chamberlain University - Illinois as the #3 school in this year's rankings. Chamberlain - Illinois is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the suburb of Addison. Chamberlain - Illinois also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list. It's in the top 5% of all schools in this category.

Of the 27,629 students enrolled at Chamberlain - Illinois, 871 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 711 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,859. In addition to receiving other benefits, 31 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Chamberlain - Illinois does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#4

University of Providence

Great Falls, MT

University of Providence comes in at #4 in this year's ranking. Located in the small city of Great Falls, University of Providence is a private not-for-profit school with a fairly small student population. University of Providence also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Among the 1,038 students enrolled at University of Providence, 43 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 29 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $11,689. During this same period, 6 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#5

Capella University

Minneapolis, MN

Capella University landed the #5 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Capella University is a very large private for-profit school located in the city of Minneapolis.

Our most recent data shows that 2,741 of the 37,171 students enrolled at Capella University were GI Bill® students, of which 2,001 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $8,027. To help with additional expenses, 12 students received funds through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Capella University does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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The #6 spot in this year's ranking belongs to The University of Texas at Arlington. Located in the large city of Arlington, UT Arlington is a public school with a very large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, UT Arlington is in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 2,100 of the 47,899 students enrolled at UT Arlington were GI Bill® students, of which 1,506 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,897. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#7

Western Governors University

Salt Lake City, UT

The #7 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Western Governors University. WGU is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Salt Lake City.

Of the 121,437 students enrolled at WGU, 7,754 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 5,005 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,711. In addition to receiving other benefits, 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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#8

Molloy College

Rockville Centre, NY

Our rankings recognize Molloy College as the #8 school in this year's rankings. Molloy is a medium-sized private not-for-profit school located in the large suburb of Rockville Centre. Molloy also made our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list, coming in at #1.

According to our most recent data, Molloy supports 4,929 students, and 55 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 38 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $17,220. During this same period, 17 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Molloy does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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Azusa Pacific University landed the #9 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Located in the suburb of Azusa, Azusa Pacific is a private not-for-profit college with a medium-sized student population. In addition to being on our best for vets list, Azusa Pacific has also earned the #5 rank in our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States ranking.

Of the 10,095 students enrolled at Azusa Pacific, 418 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 311 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,393. During this same period, 70 students received scholarships through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Azusa Pacific does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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California State University - Sacramento comes in at #10 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Sacramento, California State University - Sacramento is a public college with a fairly large student population. California State University - Sacramento excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 15% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, California State University - Sacramento supports 31,902 students, and 804 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 374 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $4,468. Students may be able to receive credit for their military training, depending on their background.

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#11

Gwynedd Mercy University

Gwynedd Valley, PA

Gwynedd Mercy University comes in at #11 in this year's ranking. Located in the large suburb of Gwynedd Valley, Gwynedd - Mercy is a private not-for-profit college with a small student population. Gwynedd - Mercy also claimed a spot on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools in this category.

Our most recent data shows that 67 of the 3,056 students enrolled at Gwynedd - Mercy were GI Bill® students, of which 40 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,115. On top of their other funding sources, 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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#12

Adelphi University

Garden City, NY

Adelphi University earned the #12 spot in our 2021 rankings. Located in the large suburb of Garden City, Adelphi is a private not-for-profit college with a moderately-sized student population. As a testament to the quality of education offered at Adelphi, the school also landed the #4 rank in our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States ranking.

Among the 8,146 students enrolled at Adelphi, 105 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 73 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $17,254. In addition to receiving other benefits, 28 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#13

Felician University

Lodi, NJ

The #13 spot in this year's ranking belongs to Felician University. Felician is a small private not-for-profit school located in the suburb of Lodi.

Of the 2,004 students enrolled at Felician, 42 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 35 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $20,178. In addition to receiving other benefits, 7 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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#14

College of Saint Elizabeth

Morristown, NJ

Our rankings recognize College of Saint Elizabeth as the #14 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Morristown, CSE is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, CSE is in the top 20% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

Our most recent data shows that 15 of the 1,186 students enrolled at CSE were GI Bill® students, of which 10 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $14,340. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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#15

Drexel University

Philadelphia, PA

Drexel University earned the #15 spot in our 2021 rankings. Drexel is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of Philadelphia. Drexel also took the #7 spot in our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States rankings.

According to our most recent data, Drexel supports 24,634 students, and 745 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 578 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $19,336. In addition to receiving other benefits, 255 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 University of Phoenix - Arizona as the #16 school in this year's rankings. UOPX - Arizona is a fairly large private for-profit school located in the city of Tempe.

Of the 95,777 students enrolled at UOPX - Arizona, 13,284 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 11,869 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $6,593. On top of their other funding sources, 28 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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#17

Pace University - New York

New York, NY

Pace University - New York landed the #17 spot in our 2021 rankings for best value nursing schools. Pace University is a fairly large private not-for-profit school located in the city of New York. On top of its placing in our veterans rankings, Pace University also did well on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list. It's in the top 10% of all schools reviewed in that analysis.

Among the 13,326 students enrolled at Pace University, 353 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 345 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $22,459. In addition to receiving other benefits, 195 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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#18

SUNY Empire State College

Saratoga Springs, NY

SUNY Empire State College comes in at #18 in this year's ranking. SUNY Empire State College is a large public school located in the suburb of Saratoga Springs.

Of the 10,424 students enrolled at SUNY Empire State College, 333 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 236 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,080. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Thomas Edison State University comes in at #19 in this year's ranking. Located in the city of Trenton, TESU is a public school with a fairly large student population.

Among the 10,934 students enrolled at TESU, 1,243 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 1,016 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $4,853. On top of their other funding sources, 534 students qualified for the Yellow Ribbon Program. TESU does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#20

SUNY Delhi

Delhi, NY

The #20 spot in this year's ranking belongs to SUNY Delhi. Located in the remote town of Delhi, SUNY Delhi is a public college with a small student population.

According to our most recent data, SUNY Delhi supports 3,232 students, and 55 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 41 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,140. SUNY Delhi does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#21

Jacksonville University

Jacksonville, FL

Jacksonville University earned the #21 spot in our 2021 rankings. JU is a small private not-for-profit school located in the city of Jacksonville. JU excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 5% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

Among the 4,213 students enrolled at JU, 482 are GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 342 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $14,052. In addition to receiving other benefits, 140 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 California State University - East Bay as the #22 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Hayward, California State University - East Bay is a public school with a fairly large student population.

According to our most recent data, California State University - East Bay supports 15,628 students, and 370 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 203 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,139. California State University - East Bay does offer credit for military training for eligible students.

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#23

D'Youville College

Buffalo, NY

The #23 spot in this year's ranking belongs to D'Youville College. Located in the large city of Buffalo, D'Youville College is a private not-for-profit school with a small student population. D'Youville College excels when it comes to major quality. It's ranked in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

Of the 3,045 students enrolled at D’Youville College, 148 were GI Bill® students, according to our most recent data. Out of that number, 84 were Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average tuition and fees award for these recipients was $13,082. On top of their other funding sources, 23 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 Florida National University - Main Campus as the #24 school in this year's rankings. Located in the suburb of Hialeah, Florida National University - Main Campus is a private for-profit college with a small student population.

According to our most recent data, Florida National University - Main Campus supports 4,044 students, and 41 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 31 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $11,515.

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Our rankings recognize California State University - Fullerton as the #25 school in this year's rankings. Located in the large suburb of Fullerton, Cal State Fullerton is a public school with a fairly large student population. In addition to being on our bet for vets list, Cal State Fullerton is in the top 10% of all schools on our Best Colleges for Nursing in the United States list.

According to our most recent data, Cal State Fullerton supports 40,280 students, and 661 of those are GI Bill® students, of which 349 are Post-9/11 GI Bill® recipients. The average GI Bill® award for tuition and fees at the school was $5,037. Eligible students may be able to receive credit for their military training.

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Rest of the Top 50 Schools for Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans in the United States

#26

New York University

New York, NY
#27

Wilmington University

New Castle, DE
#28

Holy Family University

Philadelphia, PA
#32

Daemen College

Amherst, NY
#33

National University

La Jolla, CA
#34

Excelsior College

Albany, NY
#35

Sonoma State University

Rohnert Park, CA
#37

Nova Southeastern University

Fort Lauderdale, FL
#40

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA
#41

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, CA
#42

Mercy College

Dobbs Ferry, NY
#43

Viterbo University

La Crosse, WI
#44

Regis University

Denver, CO
#45

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT
#46

Stony Brook University

Stony Brook, NY
#47

Simpson University

Redding, CA
#48

Rivier University

Nashua, NH
#50

Broward College

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Remaining Award Winners

This section represents the rest of the colleges awarded a Best Nursing Colleges for Veterans in the United States badge. Showing in this list means the school was ranked in the top 15% of the 744 different United States nursing schools we analyzed.

Rank College Location
51 Marymount University Arlington, VA
52 Wilkes University Wilkes-Barre, PA
53 University of Washington - Seattle Campus Seattle, WA
54 California State University - Stanislaus Turlock, CA
55 Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied Health Omaha, NE
56 California State University - Dominguez Hills Carson, CA
57 San Jose State University San Jose, CA
58 Sacred Heart University Fairfield, CT
59 California State University - Long Beach Long Beach, CA
60 Dominican University of California San Rafael, CA
61 LIU Post Brookville, NY
62 Maryville University of Saint Louis Saint Louis, MO
63 University of Alabama at Birmingham Birmingham, AL
64 Creighton University Omaha, NE
65 Bay State College Boston, MA
66 Washington State University Pullman, WA
67 Pacific Union College Angwin, CA
68 Gonzaga University Spokane, WA
69 University of New Mexico - Main Campus Albuquerque, NM
70 Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, NY
71 CUNY Hunter College New York, NY
72 Augusta University Augusta, GA
73 Concordia University - Portland Portland, OR
74 Mount Saint Mary College Newburgh, NY
75 University of Saint Joseph West Hartford, CT
76 Wagner College Staten Island, NY
77 George Washington University Washington, DC
78 California Baptist University Riverside, CA
79 University of Illinois at Chicago Chicago, IL
80 Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, NH
81 San Diego State University San Diego, CA
82 Ohio State University - Main Campus Columbus, OH
83 Immaculata University Immaculata, PA
84 United States University San Diego, CA
85 Lewis University Romeoville, IL
86 University of Minnesota - Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN
87 California State University - Fresno Fresno, CA
88 East Carolina University Greenville, NC
89 George Mason University Fairfax, VA
90 University of Miami Coral Gables, FL
91 Point Loma Nazarene University San Diego, CA
92 University of Michigan - Flint Flint, MI
93 Florida International University Miami, FL
94 University of North Carolina at Wilmington Wilmington, NC
95 Rutgers University - Camden Camden, NJ
96 Edgewood College Madison, WI
97 Keiser University - Ft Lauderdale Fort Lauderdale, FL
98 University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
99 Dominican College of Blauvelt Orangeburg, NY
100 University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT
101 Loyola University Chicago Chicago, IL
102 University of Colorado Denver/Anschutz Medical Campus Denver, CO
103 University of South Alabama Mobile, AL
104 California State University - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
105 Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi Corpus Christi, TX
106 University of Detroit Mercy Detroit, MI
107 University of Nevada - Las Vegas Las Vegas, NV
108 Florida Atlantic University Boca Raton, FL
109 Old Dominion University Norfolk, VA
110 College of Our Lady of the Elms Chicopee, MA
111 The University of Texas at Tyler Tyler, TX

Additional Noteworthy Schools

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

Rank College Location
112 California State University - Chico Chico, CA
113 Marian University Fond Du Lac, WI
114 Chamberlain University - Virginia Arlington, VA
115 The University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL
116 Spring Arbor University Spring Arbor, MI
117 Liberty University Lynchburg, VA
118 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
119 University of St Francis Joliet, IL
120 Mount Saint Mary’s University Los Angeles, CA
121 Texas Christian University Fort Worth, TX
122 University of South Carolina - Columbia Columbia, SC
123 Kean University Union, NJ
124 Roberts Wesleyan College Rochester, NY
125 Vanguard University of Southern California Costa Mesa, CA
126 University of Massachusetts - Boston Boston, MA
127 New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, NY
128 University of Mary Hardin - Baylor Belton, TX
129 Catholic University of America Washington, DC
130 Great Basin College Elko, NV
131 University of Cincinnati - Main Campus Cincinnati, OH
132 University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA
133 Chamberlain University - Arizona Phoenix, AZ
134 Fairleigh Dickinson University - Metropolitan Campus Teaneck, NJ
135 Mississippi University for Women Columbus, MS
136 South University - Columbia Columbia, SC
137 Northeastern University Boston, MA
138 Carlow University Pittsburgh, PA
139 MidAmerica Nazarene University Olathe, KS
140 Polk State College Winter Haven, FL
141 Simmons University Boston, MA
142 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
143 Duquesne University Pittsburgh, PA
144 University of California - Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA
145 Binghamton University Vestal, NY
146 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, MI
147 University of Hawaii at Manoa Honolulu, HI
148 Nevada State College Henderson, NV

Nursing by Region

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Region
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Southwest
Great Lakes

Nursing is one of 34 different types of Health Professions programs to choose from.

Related Major Annual Graduates
Health & Medical Administrative Services 17,317
Public Health 16,962
Health Sciences & Services 16,503
Communication Sciences 11,326
Allied Health Professions 11,092

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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 Aleksahgabrielle.

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