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Drake ranked No. 1 in Best Colleges for Veterans rankings

Drake University is No. 1 in the Midwest in U.S. News & World Report’s inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans rankings.

Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was implemented in 2009, colleges and universities have experienced an influx of veterans eager to take advantage of the expanded educational benefits, according to U.S. News & World Report. As a result, the publication launched the Best Colleges for Veterans rankings.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools must be certified for the GI Bill as well as participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program: two federal initiatives that help veterans reduce the cost of education. The schools were ranked on graduation rates, faculty resources, reputation, and other academic markers.

“We are immensely grateful to the men and women who have served in the U.S. Military,” says Drake University President David Maxwell. “We are indebted to them for the sacrifices that they and their families have made, and consider it a moral and citizenship imperative for Drake to do all that we can to help them achieve their educational goals.”

Visit colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/best-colleges/rankings/regional-universities-midwest/veterans to see a complete list of rankings.