Military Times Announces the Best for Vets: Colleges 2016


Military Times has once again named UNC Pembroke to its Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings. In its sixth year, the rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. 

Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. 

More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s survey and 175 were selected. UNC Pembroke finished 72nd in the national survey, which polled items including staff and academic support and extracurricular activities. 

UNCP’s Military and Veteran Services coordinator Mike Clawson works with veterans on campus and coordinates several surveys from military-related publications. 

“In truth, only a veteran can determine if a particular institution is 'military friendly,' but I have no doubt that UNCP will always be making the effort to make things right for our military students,” said Clawson, a retired Army colonel. “The UNCP military student population has steadily increased each semester since 2009, and with that, so has the effort to provide support and services to this student population. 

“I see the effort that faculty and staff make every day at UNCP to make this place better for our military-affiliated students,” he continued. “These military friendly designations are not easily earned. It takes a dedicated commitment and effort to be awarded these types of designations.  

“In turn, the harder we work to assist veterans the better UNCP is because these students bring unparalleled leadership, discipline and team focus to the classroom,” Clawson said. 

UNC Pembroke veteran enrollment is growing. For the 2014 survey year, there were 363 veterans at UNCP, and for fall 2015, there are 402. With an office and classrooms on Fort Bragg, UNCP has 983 military affiliated students enrolled this fall, including active duty, veterans, National Guard, Reservists and dependents. 

Higher education has embraced veterans said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times’ Best for Vets rankings and special editions. “Over the past six years of our surveys, we’ve seen so many schools first begin to foster – through new policies, services and dedicated facilities – and then nurture these wonderful communities,” she said. 

Military Times’ annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus. 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. 

“We award the Best for Vets designation to the very best – the colleges that really are setting the example,” Miller said. 

For the full Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings, go to:

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands and online at, as well as,, and 

Military Times’ series of Best for Vets rankings includes: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers, Law Enforcement and Places to Live. 

To contact the Office of Military and Veteran Services at UNC Pembroke, please call (910) 775-4438 or email