There are many considerations that go into choosing a military college such as tuition, location, institution type, financial assistance and military benefits, and curriculum. The selections in the table below highlight features that prospective students may find informative.
|School Name||Institution Type||Location||Tuition (In State 2017-2018)*||Tuition Assistance/Military Benefits|
|The Citadel||4-year, Public||Charleston, SC||$12,056||Blue Ribbon Program, CAP-College Assistance Program, South Carolina Free Tuition, ACE credit|
|Samford University||4-year, Private||Birmingham, AL||$30,490||ACE credit, Chapter 35|
|The University of North Georgia||4-year, Public||Dahlonega, GA||$4,421||ACE credit, ROTC Grant, University of North Georgia (UNG) Military Scholarship Loan Program, University of North Georgia ROTC Grant, Georgia National Guard Service Cancelable Loan, Georgia HERO Scholarship Program, Military Tuition Assistance, Tillman Scholar Program|
|Virginia Military Institute||4-year, Public||Lexington, VA||$18,214||ACE credit, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, VMI Virginia State Cadetship Program, ROTC Scholarships|
|Texas A&M University||4-year, Public||College Station, TX||$11,234||Hazlewood Exemption, State Tuition Assistance|
|Virginia Tech||4-year, Public||Blacksburg, VA||$13,230||ACE credit, Various scholarships|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics
Top Military Colleges
For military service men and women, there may be a variety of financial and academic factors that play into their decision. The schools chosen reflect a scope of tuition assistance options, tuition rates and academic offerings.
On our list of top military colleges is The Citadel also referred to as The Military College of South Carolina. The 2018 U.S. News & World Report ranks The Citadel #2 on their Best Colleges for Veterans list.
The Citadel offers a variety of academic options, including evening undergraduate degree completion programs, graduate programs and online learning through the Citadel Graduate College (CGC). The CGC provides active service members the convenience and flexibility needed to study from anywhere around the world. Online students can interact with faculty, access courses, and submit assignments using CitLearn, Citadel's learning management system.
The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford University #1 on their list of Best Colleges for Veterans. In addition to undergraduate, graduate and continuing education programs, Samford University has a nationally recognized online program that offers graduate degrees in education, business, nursing, and legal studies. This program offers military-affiliated students who are balancing a military career to pursue their educational goals from anywhere around the world. The online program is backed by the Quality Matters review process to ensure quality assurance.
University of North Georgia
The University of North Georgia is appointed The Military College of Georgia. The school has a nationally recognized leadership program called the Corps of Cadets also referred to as Boar's Head Brigade. It is a four-year program for students pursuing a leadership careers in the U.S. Army, government agencies, and private industry. Of the 18,782 students enrolled at the University of North Georgia in 2017, 773 are enrolled in the Corps of Cadets program.
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute is the first state-supported military institute in the United States. It has an enrollment of 1,713 undergraduates whom all live on campus. The institute offers its students 80 academic, social, and professional organizations to participate in. All freshman join the ROTC and the Rat Line in preparation for a career in the Corps.
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University was deemed a #2 ranking as the Best Colleges for Veterans by USA Today in 2016. This top military college offers a Distance Education program that provides students and military-affiliated students the flexibility and convenience to pursue their degree aspirations from anywhere around the world. Students can choose from the one undergraduate degree program, 47 graduate and 25 certificate programs. On a traditional level, Texas A&M also has over 130 undergraduate degree programs and 268 graduate and professional options.
Virginia Tech is one of the six senior military colleges in the United States. The U.S. News & World Report has ranked Virginia Tech #1 I.T. Program for Veterans and #2 Online Grad I.T. Program. By participating in the Online Grad I.T. Program, working professionals and military-connected students can earn an online Master of Information Technology (MIT) degree and a specialized Graduate Certificate from any location. The program offers a flexible schedule containing 11 courses including newly added Cybersecurity classes.