Wichita, Kansas – Southwestern College’s Professional Studies division had the highest percentage of veteran students in 2013-2014, according to a recently published U.S. News Short List.
The U.S. News Short List is a regular series aimed at providing students access to information that will aid them in deciding what colleges are best suited for them. It surveyed 296 public, private and for-profit schools for its 2015 Best Online Bachelor’s Programs rankings. The top 10 schools on its list with the most veteran students had more than 28 percent of learners that were veterans or active duty service members. In 2013-2014, Southwestern College, through its Professional Studies division, had 81.5% military learners.
Professional Studies began cultivating a relationship with the military in 2001 when it was selected to be part of the Army’s eArmyU, now GoArmyE. Since that time, the college has partnered with the Air Force’s Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU-ABC) and the Defense Acquisition University (DAU).
The 16 undergraduate programs at Professional Studies consist mainly of six-week, online classes. The programs provide servicemen and women the flexibility they need to balance time with their families and their job serving our country whether at home or abroad. While at Professional Studies, military learners and their spouses receive tuition discounts as well as academic coaches, who remain with them through the duration of their college experience.
In 2015, Professional Studies was recognized as a Best for Vets College, Military Friendly School ® and Military Advanced Education Top School.