HPU ranks as a 'Best for Vets' college

November 10, 2014

HPU named Best for Vets
HONOLULU — Hawai’i Pacific University has been named to the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 rankings. HPU ranks at number 33 and is the only Hawai’i-based school on the list.

"We are proud to serve those who serve our country. This recognition really reflects on the academic success of our military students,” 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.”

In its fifth year, the rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students’ success rates. As with all Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges 2015 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. See the list at

According to the Military Times, the survey-based Best for Vets: Colleges doesn’t manipulate mainstream research to skew more “veteran.” The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

“We factor in what is, to our knowledge, the most detailed school-by-school data on veteran students’ academic success anywhere, including graduation, retention, persistence and course completion rates,” says Amanda Miller, editor of Bets for Vets. Two years ago, only 11 percent of the hundreds of schools surveyed could provide that level of detail. This year, that figure is up to 45 percent. “By recognizing only the schools that do the most, we believe we’re helping to raise the bar in veteran student services.”

The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Nov. 10; in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine; and online at, as well as,, and

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