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Military Times Best for Vets Ranks Strome College Seventh Best in Nation

By Brendan O'Hallarn

Old Dominion University's Strome College of Business placed seventh out of 180 universities nationwide in the prestigious 2016 Best for Vets rankings, produced by the national news organization Military Times.

Old Dominion's business school rose 25 spots in the annual rankings over the past two years, making it the highest ranked school in Virginia.

The national business school rankings were published online Feb. 8 in Military Times, a Gannett Co. media organization whose publications include Navy Times, Army Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times.

The Strome College received four stars (out of four) for academic support. According to the rankings, Old Dominion also scored 95 percent on course completion and 77 percent on military retention. The university graduates 69 percent of its military-affiliated business students.

Overall findings from the Best for Vets: Business Schools 2016 survey include:

  • Among responding schools this year, about 38 percent have business school leaders with military ties; an additional 46 percent have military-affiliated leaders at the larger university;
  • Tuition costs at about half of the schools did not exceed Post-9/11 GI Bill caps. Among schools whose costs did exceed the caps, 81 percent participated in the Yellow Ribbon program, which helps students pay the difference. A majority of those schools gave full Yellow Ribbon scholarships to every eligible student;

  • Veterans accounted for about 17 percent of the graduate student population at the business schools;

  • About 65 percent said the larger university has a veteran or military group; less than 6 percent have a separate group unique to the business school; and

  • About one-third of responding schools don't require applicants to take the Graduate Management Admission Test or the Graduate Record Examination. Those that do require an admissions test generally accept either the GMAT or the GRE.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha topped the annual rankings for 2016. The only other Virginia institutions included among the top 77 business schools by Military Times are Regent University (No. 33) and Liberty University (No. 56).

More than 180 universities responded to Military Times' fourth annual survey of graduate business schools. Only institutions that said they offer graduate business degrees and that participated in the Best for Vets: Colleges survey were considered.

For a complete list of the 2016 Best for Vets business school rankings, see the Military Times website.

The Military Times' Best for Vets series provides service members a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings take into account service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill and availability of specific programs to help service members.