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Three SJU Online Programs for Veterans Ranked in Top 50 by U.S. News & World Report

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Reflecting the University’s commitment to providing educational opportunities for those who have served our country, U.S. News & World Report has ranked three of St. John’s online learning programs for veterans among the top 50 nationwide.

“St. John’s has a deep and longstanding commitment to the success of its student veterans on campus,” said Elizabeth Ciabocchi, Ed.D., vice provost for digital learning. “We are very pleased to be recognized for extending that support to veterans enrolled in our online degree programs.”

The University was ranked number 34 in the list of Best Online Bachelor's Programs for Veterans, number 43 in the category of Best Online Graduate Education Programs for Veterans, and number 31 for Best Online Graduate Business Programs for Veterans.

“This is a wonderful testament to our veteran students and their commitment to academic excellence and the pursuit of graduation,” said Mary H. Pelkowski, associate dean for student engagement and Student Veterans Association advisor.  Earlier this year, the University opened the Veterans Success Center, which provides tutoring, career advisement, and other services for student veterans.

“When veterans return to higher education they can experience unique challenges during their transition out of the military and into civilian life," said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer at U.S. News. "The list is designed to help veterans balance applying, paying for and completing a degree, on top of their work and family commitments.”

To qualify for the rankings, an online degree program had to report participation in two key programs that offer educational benefits to people with military service, such as the GI Bill and the Yellow Ribbon Program.  Programs also had to be among the top 75 percent of schools in the overall 2015 Best Online Programs rankings.