Corban named second best college for veterans

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Corban’s ongoing commitment to student veterans was acknowledged when “U.S. News & World Report” named it the second most veteran friendly college in the west.

The results were published in November and reflect regional colleges from the eastern border of Montana and Texas to the West Coast states, Alaska and Hawaii. To meet the criteria, colleges had to be members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium, be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

The rankings also took into account Corban’s ranking in its annual “U.S. News Best Colleges” guide published in September. Corban was ranked sixth best college in the west for 2014.

"Participating in the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Programs helps recognize the sacrificial service that many of our veterans have made before coming to Corban," said Jeff Benjamin, veterans service coordinator at Corban. "These programs really give them a financial incentive to jump into their education after active duty and continue to pursue their goals and dreams of serving both their country and communities.

"I believe that it confirms our desire to support them and highlights our efforts to reach out more intentionally to this population of students who have potentially sacrificed much before even arriving at Corban," he added. "We have made good strides forward in the last couple of years to better serve the needs of our veterans. I trust that we will continue to focus on continuing to improve in this area more each semester."

  • Student and faculty veterans talk to students during a Veterans Day Chapel service on Monday Nov. 11, 2013.

  • Student veterans Andrew Holbert and Ben Olson speak to students about their service in the Marine Corp.

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