3 South Sound schools recognized by U.S. News in rankings of best colleges for veterans

Staff writerNovember 20, 2013 

Three South Sound colleges made the inaugural list of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Colleges for Veterans, with Pacific Lutheran University coming in at No. 2 for regional universities in Western states.

The Evergreen State College in Olympia followed at No. 8 in the same category, Lacey’s Saint Martin's University ranked No. 16.

U.S. News reported that it ranked 234 schools that work with veterans through the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program, which allows the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay for partial tuition at schools that cost more than what the Post 9/11 GI Bill allows.

South Sound colleges have been stepping up their outreach to veterans leaving the military out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently.

Saint Martin's has new programs on the base to help veterans find work once they leave the military. PLU has been hosting veterans events and clarifying to service members that the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon program will cover their full tuition. And Evergreen has been nurturing a veterans resource center.

“It’s a hidden gem,” Randy Kelly, Evergreen’s veterans resource center director, told The Olympian this week.

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