Year after year, ECPI University is named to Military Advanced Education’s list of top colleges in the nation. Its annual Guide to Top Colleges & Universities selects only the finest colleges and universities that adhere to the highest principles and best practices in military and veterans’ education.

Military Advanced Education (MAE) presents the results of a questionnaire aimed at the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions of higher learning. Its purpose is to arm students with information about college and universities that go out of their way to meet the unique educational needs of men and women in uniform.

Finding a Military and Veteran Friendly College

MAE’s searchable database also allows prospective students to review all the survey answers provided by participating college and universities, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, scholarship information, and withdrawal policies. In addition, its search capabilities allow users to search by program, degree, location, campus type, school size, and more. The objective, of course, is identifying military-friendly colleges and universities.

“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.”

Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor

What Makes a Top College or University?

Color-coded dashboards throughout the guide display the results of the survey. Each comprises six factors representing key areas of consideration to service members, veterans, their spouses, and dependents:

  • Military Culture
  • Financial Assistance
  • Flexibility
  • General Support
  • On-campus support
  • Online support services

MAE works closely with an advisory board of educational and government leaders to make this a comprehensive tool for veteran and military students. All schools are judged on their own merits, as MAE does not factor in considerations based on whether a school is private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year or two-year colleges. For more information, please visit


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