UTA ranked ‘Best for Vets’ in Texas for military service members

Once again, the University of Texas at Arlington has been ranked the best place in Texas for military veterans and their families to get a college education.

Military Times ranked UTA No. 20 nationally in its study “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” out of 130 public and private institutions, and for the second straight year, no other Texas college placed as high on the list.

The survey looked at programs and other academic services for current and former military service members. UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari credited the faculty and staff, curriculum and community initiatives focused on the university’s more than 3,000 veterans and their families.

“These rankings are a genuine reflection of the dedication and excellence of every single individual at UTA who is engaged with our veterans at every step, from recruitment and admissions to teaching, mentoring and counseling,” Karbhari said in a statement.

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, an Air Force veteran, commended UTA’s high ranking and attention to the needs of veterans.

“The state and this campus treat us really well — they take care of veterans here,” Tinderholt said in the statement. “I think it’s really important if someone is considering going to a state school in Texas, or any school for that matter, that the University of Texas at Arlington be at the top of their list.”

UTA’s academic service to veterans dates back to the college’s founding in 1895 and the founding of the Carlisle Military Academy in 1902.

Here is a list of services and how to sign up.

Seven other Texas colleges made the list:

Texas A&M University, 23; University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, 28; Texas State University in San Marcos, 35; University of North Texas in Denton, 50; San Angelo State University, 72; University of Texas at El Paso, 78; Texas Tech University in Lubbock, 88; University of St. Thomas in Houston, 127.

Here is the complete list and the survey’s methodology.

Another benefit for veterans: The UTA College of Business established a Veterans Business Outreach Center in August, with the support of a two-year, $500,000 grant from the Small Business Administration. The center provides education, training and consulting services to help veterans start or grow a business even if they aren’t UTA students.

Here’s more on the center, which is only the second in Texas.

Robert Cadwallader: 817-390-7186, @Kaddmann_ST