HPU Named a 'Best for Vets' College and 'Military Friendly' School
November 09, 2015
Honolulu, Hawaii — Hawai‘i Pacific University is included on the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 rankings that were released today. HPU ranks at number 64 and is the only Hawaii-based school on the list.
"HPU has welcomed and supported military and veteran students for over fifty years, earning a top tier reputation nationally," said Justin Vance, Interim Dean of HPU's College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education.
The Best for Vets rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. Rankings are posted at www.militarytimes.com/bestforvets-colleges2016 and included in this week's Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.
The Best for Vets recognition follows HPU's recent designation as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse. This prestigious designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students. Institutions were surveyed in categories including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies.
HPU will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
According to Vance, HPU continues to have the "best reputation in Hawaii" in educating military and veterans. "Our team of faculty and staff are dedicated to helping military and veteran students achieve their educational and professional goals."
"All HPU programs welcome military and veteran students and the College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Studies, home of Military Campus Programs, delivers programs specifically designed for military-affiliated students," Vance said.
The university offers courses on seven military bases on Oahu. At its downtown Honolulu campus, the HPU Military Veterans Center offers support for students, including two full-time Veterans Administration personnel — a psychologist and rehabilitation counselor — in addition to a lounge.
Vance adds that HPU will honor its student veterans with a reception on Veterans Day at Aloha Tower Marketplace, Nov. 11. Following the reception is a community lecture open to the public, sponsored by the Hawaii Civil War Round Table that begins at 6:30 p.m., with Wayne Moniz on his historical fiction book “Pukoko: A Hawaiian in the American Civil War.”
Learn more about HPU Military Campus Programs at www.hpu.edu/military.