Military Times includes WCU among best institutions for service members, veterans

Crystal Jones, a recent WCU graduate, credits assistance from the university’s Office of Military Student Service with helping her balance a U.S. Air Force career and her family while pursuing an education. She’s seen here at home with her laptop, while children Lilly, Heath and Clennan play.

In its eighth year of rankings, Military Times lists Western Carolina University as 82nd among more than 600 technical schools, colleges and universities evaluated as a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.

The annual ranking by the publication is a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement, as well as student accommodations and financial assistance. “Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the designation this year,” said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.

WCU’s Office of Military Student Services is part of the university’s Division of Educational Outreach and is based in the Cordelia Camp Building. The office provides personal assistance for military students from the time they apply for admission to the university to graduation day. “WCU strives to offer all students the best and most reliable resources available, and this is especially true for military students,” said Briana Ford, director of military student services.

Support groups such as the Student Veterans Association are available to WCU students, as well as veteran counseling services. An on-campus Veterans Resource Center provides military students a place to meet and receive information pertaining to their educations, careers and life needs.

More information about military services at WCU is available at or by contacting Ford at or call 828-227-3074, toll-free 866-928-4723.