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U.S. News & World Report Ranks Berkeley College Among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans for Sixth Consecutive Year



Kimberly Ferrer, Military Student


For the sixth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Berkeley College among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Veterans. The influential media company also ranked Berkeley among the Best Online Bachelor’s Degree Programs.

Recognized as a leading source for college rankings, U.S. News & World Report rates schools on factors such as student engagement; faculty credentials and training; and student services and technology. Berkeley currently enrolls more than 450 military and veteran students. In 2018, military and veteran students comprised 149 of the more than 2,300 Berkeley graduates.

The support to help students succeed

“Berkeley College offers support for military and veteran students and their families, not only at the seven on-site locations, but also through its online program, including a Virtual Veterans Resource Center,” said Edward Dennis, Assistant Vice President, Berkeley College Office of Military and Veterans Affairs. “These Resource Centers, along with the welcoming staff and faculty, contribute to the well-being and success of our military and veteran students as they transition into meaningful careers in the civilian world.”

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Widely recognized programs

In addition to the U.S. News & World Report rankings, Berkeley’s programs for military and veteran students have received numerous awards and recognitions, including:

  • Top School from Military Advanced Education and Transition
  • Military Friendly® Top 10 Nontraditional School and Top 10 Spouse School from Victory Media
  • Best for Vets: Four-year Colleges from Military Times
  • Best of the Best from U.S. Veterans Magazine
  • Military Friendly School from G.I. Jobs
  • Military Friendly School from Military Advanced Education
  • Best for Vets, Online and Nontraditional from Military Times

Highly trained staff, numerous opportunities

Berkeley is also a proud supporter of the GI Bill and Yellow Ribbon Program. Our Veterans Affairs associates are trained in GI Bill regulations and financial aid matters. Advisors with military experience are available to assist with applications, enrollment, credit for prior learning, and tutoring, as well as information about a wide range of veterans’ benefits and issues. The College is home to one of 230 chapters of SALUTE – a veterans’ honor society. In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of military and veteran-related events and activities throughout the year, like the New York City Veterans Day Parade.

Inspiring post-military careers

Grovert FuentesU.S. Air Force veteran Grovert Fuentes credits part of his post-military success to Berkeley. After injuries forced his medical discharge, he discovered the programs and support that Berkeley offers to veterans. “I definitely feel more prepared now that I attended Berkeley because it gave me a good foundation to start my business,” noted the Founder and CEO of Fit Lifestyle Box, a subscription-based seller of items focused on fitness. “They [Berkeley] allowed me to create the life I really wanted to create.” For further inspiration, view a short video about how veteran graduate Grovert Fuentes, found his “why.”

Crossing the stage and receiving his diploma was an emotional achievement for Grovert and his family. “My most memorable moment was seeing my mother’s excitement at graduation,” he said. “I’m the first college graduate in my family. All she ever wanted is to see me receive my diploma.”

For more information on Berkeley’s services and resources for servicemembers and their families, please visit our Veteran's page.

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