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RMU Named in U.S. News & World Report Rankings for Best Colleges for Veterans

Friday, November 22, 2013

Pittsburgh -- U.S. News & World Report recently named Robert Morris University in its inaugural Best Colleges for Veterans rankings. RMU was listed as one of the top-ranked schools that help veterans pursue a college education under the Post 9/11 Veterans Education Benefits.

In addition to participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program and offering a Military Service Award, RMU has a VETS Emergency Fund, which provides much-needed financial support for veterans and their families. The university also runs a Veterans Education and Training Services (VETS) Center as a resource for student veterans on campus, led by retired U.S. Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Dan Rota.

"This designation is a great thing for RMU and the VETS Center," said Rota. "Hopefully we'll continue to grow and provide the kind of life-changing support our veterans need and deserve."

Charles "Chase" Thomas, a senior Biology (pre-med) major at RMU, served two tours in Iraq (2004-08) as a machine gun section leader in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines, Charlie Company.

"Dr. Daniel Rota and Heather Jericho of the VETS Center have been my rock in my educational experience, keeping me up-to-date on changes in the VA system," said Thomas. "To me they have been nothing but helpful and considerate through my transition from the battlefield to the classroom. They've made navigating the admissions process and VA System as seamless as possible, allowing me to focus on learning instead of my financial situation."

The 234 schools in the new list scored well in terms of graduation rate, faculty resources, reputation and other markers of academic quality measured in the 2014 edition of the U.S. News Best Colleges. RMU was ranked No. 26 in the North region, ahead of other Pittsburgh-area universities in its category.

To qualify for the new rankings, schools had to be certified for the GI Bill and participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program and Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium. The rankings provide data and information on schools that offer federal benefits, including tuition and housing assistance, to veterans and active service members.

Robert Morris University, founded in 1921, is a private, four-year institution with an enrollment of approximately 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university offers 60 undergraduate and 20 graduate programs. An estimated 22,000 alumni live and work in western Pennsylvania.