HPU named 'Best for Vets' in Military Times colleges rankings

November 13, 2013

HONOLULU — Military Times named Hawai‘i Pacific University a “Best for Vets” college for 2014. The organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

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“We see our programs for those who serve and have served as an integral part of our mission of educating the most diverse student body in the United States,” said HPU Provost Matthew Liao-Troth. “It is a great honor that HPU is recognized by the Military Times as the best school in Hawai‘i for active duty military and for veterans.”

The full rankings are available online and in print. HPU was among the best 4-year institutions for veterans and was the only Hawai‘i-based institution on the list.

“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.

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.

HPU has received numerous national honors for its service to military students, including the prestigious Institution Award from the Council of College and Military Educators and the “military-friendly university” designation by Military Advanced Education magazine. Recently, Victory Media named HPU a Military Friendly School, the only university in Hawai‘i it recognized. HPU continues to be a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a partnership between the university and the Department of Veteran Affairs, to supplement the tuition benefit of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. HPU also offers an on-campus Department of Veterans Affairs counselor.

For more information, contact Kasey Wilson, assistant dean, Student Affairs, On-Campus Support Programs with Military Campus Programs, at 544-1106 or