Best for Vets logoNorthern Arizona University ranks as the top school for military veterans in Arizona and throughout the Southwest, and among the top third of colleges and universities nationally, according to the Military Times “Best for Vets: College 2014” rankings, released this week.

“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.”

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.