HPU Selected as a Top School by Military Advanced Education & Transition

December 21, 2015

Top Military School

Honolulu, Hawaii — Military Advanced Education & Transition (MAE&T) has awarded Hawai‘i Pacific University the designation of a "Top School" in its 2016 MAE&T Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education. This is the eighth consecutive year that HPU has been selected. The guide was released this December and will be available online at

"We are pleased to see our efforts to help military and veteran students achieve their goals recognized by Military Advanced Education & Transition, but the most rewarding outcome for HPU faculty and staff is watching our many military and veteran students and alumni, as they meet with success while making positive change in community and the world,” said Justin Vance, Ed.D., Interim Dean of the College of Extended and Interdisciplinary Education, home of HPU's Military Campus Programs.

Vance added that the entire university supports its military students, with HPU's College of Business and College of Health and Society also directly supporting programs for service members, their families and veterans.

Now in its ninth year of publishing the guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutions were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

With input from an advisory board of educational and government experts, and criteria based on recommendations from the VA and military services, MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs.

“Our goal is to be a dynamic resource for active service members and those who have moved from the military to their civilian careers, helping them find the school that best fits their plans for the future,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor.

HPU's "Top School" honor follows the university's recent ranking as a Military Times Best for Vets college. HPU ranks at number 64 and is the only Hawaii-based school on the list. HPU is also designated as a 2016 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.