Northern Arizona University once again ranks as the top school for military veterans in Arizona and among the top third of colleges and universities nationally, according to the Military Times “Best for Vets: College 2015” rankings.

NAU ranked 27th in the nation, up nine spots from last year.

“This is considered a coveted list that our service members will trust and refer to when considering a school of higher learning,” said Andrew Griffin, director for NAU’s Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “NAU is a major contributor to Arizona’s veteran success, and I sincerely thank the university for its superb support to our veterans.”

This is the third “Best for Vets” recognition NAU has received from Military Times. In March, NAU’s W.A. Franke College of Business was named one of the nation’s top business schools for veterans. Last November, NAU ranked 36th in the 2014 “Best for Vets” list.

The Times’ editorially independent news project evaluated many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans, including a first-time focus on Education Department statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality. Broadly speaking, schools were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic quality, academic policies and financial aid.

The complete Best for Vets rankings are online.