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Keystone ranked among the best for veterans in U.S. News

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Posted: 11/20/2013

US News Veterans

La Plume, Pa. -  Keystone College has once again been ranked as one of the best colleges in the nation for military veterans by a respected national publication.

Keystone was ranked 13th among Regional Colleges in the North in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural “Best Colleges for Veterans” rankings.

The recently released rankings list colleges which best help veterans pursue a college education under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The new rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.

All of the schools listed in “Best Colleges for Veterans” scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality. To qualify for the rankings, schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. In all, there were 234 colleges and universities listed in 10 total categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest, and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest, and West).

“While all prospective students seek a good education from a reputable institution, our military veterans can take advantage of expanded educational benefits under the Post-9/11 GI Bill,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer for U.S. News & World Report. “We developed these rankings to help them find a top-quality institution that also offers federal benefits that ease the burden of applying, paying for, and completing a college degree.”

The U.S. News & World Report listing is the third such ranking Keystone has received for its commitment to veterans and current military members. Keystone has consistently been ranked by G.I Jobs Magazine and Advanced Military Education Magazine for several years.    

“We are once again extremely honored to be recognized as one of the top schools in the nation for veterans,” said Keystone College President Dr. David Coppola. “Since our founding in 1868, just a few years after the end of the Civil War, Keystone College has had a long and proud history of educating those who have served our country. This recent recognition by U.S. News & World Report one again demonstrates we are continuing that tradition.”