UE Receives National Award for Service to Veterans


EVANSVILLE, IND. (11/10/2023) On this Veterans Day, the University of Evansville (UE) has been nationally recognized for its service to veterans. UE was named to the prestigious Military Times’ “Best for Vets: Colleges” 2023 List. This recognition is a testament to the university’s unwavering commitment to supporting military-affiliated students and providing them with the resources and opportunities they need to achieve academic success. Among the 325 colleges that made the rankings, the University of Evansville was one of only 83 private-not-for-profit colleges on the list and the top ranked in Indiana.

The Best for Vets list for colleges is a highly regarded annual survey that evaluates and ranks educational institutions across the United States based on their support for military-connected students. The survey’s questions and scoring rubric have been meticulously developed in consultation with representatives from a diverse range of schools to ensure fairness and accuracy in the evaluation process.

This year, the primary focus of the survey was on student success metrics, with specific emphasis on completion, retention, persistence, GPA, and graduation rates. The University of Evansville excelled in these areas, demonstrating a commitment to helping military-affiliated students achieve their academic goals.

The survey also evaluated admissions and registration policies, human resources, and assorted miscellaneous considerations.

“UE’s commitment to creating a supportive and inclusive environment for military-affiliated students across all these aspects played a pivotal role in securing our position on the list,” said Cherie Leonhardt, Manager of Transfer Admission, “we are honored to work with ROTC cadets, current service members, veterans and their families to further support them and ensure they have the tools and resources needed to be successful in their academic journey.”

UE participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which provides free tuition to military veterans and active service members with more than 36 months of active duty since September 11, 2001. Anyone who qualifies for the educational award can also choose to transfer it to a spouse or dependent.