SPC voted one of friendliest colleges for Veterans in nation

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The college once again has been recognized by Military Times as one of of the Best for Vets colleges or universities in the country.

As No. 27 on the list of four-year institutions in the 2014 survey, St. Petersburg College is among the schools featured in the November edition of Military Times EDGE magazine.

Military Times — which includes Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times — changed its criteria a bit this year, placing greater emphasis on academic rigor in the scoring.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE. More than 600 institutions were evaluated.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

The college ranked 15th among four-year colleges in the survey in 2013 and 47th in 2012.

St. Petersburg College now has more than 2,000 veteran/military students, up from about 600 two years ago.

This is the second honor for the veterans programs this fall. In October, St. Petersburg College was selected as a Top Military-Friendly College or University in the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities by the Military Advanced Education magazine.