Eastern has been named one of the top eight public regional universities serving veterans in the North by U.S. News and World Report. The North region includes 11 states from Maine to Maryland and west to Pennsylvania. This is the first year that U.S. News and World Report has ranked colleges based on their services to veterans.
"While we are very gratified to receive this recognition," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez, "we accept it in honor of more than 400 veterans who study, teach and work at Eastern, as well as countless Eastern alumni who are past and present members of the Armed Services. The Veterans Education and Transitional Services Center that we opened four years ago to assist veterans on our campus is our commitment to those who have selflessly defended our country. Supporting student veterans on our campus as they pursue their academic and career goals is our way of saying 'thank you' for the many sacrifices they have made on our behalf.'"
Eastern was ranked as one of the top-ranked schools that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members to apply, pay for and complete their degrees.
The rankings include only numerically ranked schools in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges Guide that meet each of the following criteria: are members of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium; are certified for the GI BIll; and participate in the Yellow Ribbon PRogram.
U.S. News ranked these qualifying schools numerically and in descending order based on their 2014 Best Colleges ranks. There are 234 ranked schools across 10 separate ranking categories: National Universities, National Liberal Arts Colleges, Regional Universities (North, South, Midwest and West) and Regional Colleges (North, South, Midwest and West).
Schools reported on their veteran benefits as part of the broader survey and data collection of undergraduate schools by U.S. News during spring 2013.