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WIU: Best for Vets College 2016

November 10, 2015

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MACOMB, IL – For the sixth consecutive year, Western Illinois University has been selected as a 2016 "Best for Vets College" – Top 175 Schools by Military Times EDGE magazine. Western, ranked 15th (from 18th in the 2015 rankings), is the only Illinois public four-year university in the top 25 and is one of two Illinois public universities in the top 70.

According to the Military Times, more than 600 colleges and universities responded to a survey detailing programs, policies and resources for veterans. Selection criteria included financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. 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.

In addition to the Military Times recognition, for the seventh consecutive year, Western Illinois has been designated as a "Military Friendly School" by GI Jobs Magazine and is featured in the 2016 "Guide to Military Friendly Schools."

The Best for Vet College rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 9, and online at, as well as,, and

For more information about veterans' resources at Western Illinois University, contact Kathy Meyers at or (309) 298-3505.

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