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Four San Antonio-area universities among best in U.S. for veterans, rank says

Nine Texas universities make list

SAN ANTONIO – Four San Antonio-area universities are getting praise for their treatment of students who are veterans or active-duty military.

The University of the Incarnate Word, Texas State University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio and University of Texas at San Antonio all made The Military Times’ ranking of the best four-year colleges in the U.S. for veterans.

The military newspaper released the study, which also lists the best two-year schools for veterans, ahead of Veterans Day and based it on surveys from colleges.

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The study focused on university culture, support, academic policies, outcomes, military enrollment numbers and more.

UIW ranked the highest for area schools at No. 12, with 1,686 military-connected students during fall 2018 out of an overall enrollment of 8,263 students, according to the study. The private university had a 56% military graduation rate.

But the best four-year university for veterans overall lands in Texas.

The University of Texas at Arlington ranked at No. 1 in the country, lauded for its “ample experience working with military-connected students,” according to the study.

“The University of Texas at Arlington also has a program to connect faculty and staff who served in the military with students who served, providing mentors who understand the military background,” it said.

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Here are how Texas schools fared in the ranking (data based on study):

1. University of Texas at Arlington

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 47,899

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 3,116

Military graduation rate: 85%

12. University of the Incarnate Word

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 8,263

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 1,686

Military graduation rate: 56%

22. University of North Texas

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 38,276

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 2,100 

Military graduation rate: N/A

26. Texas State University

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 38,664

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 1,712 

Military graduation rate: 59%

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35. Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 6,616

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 541 

Military graduation rate: N/A

39. Texas A&M University-College Station

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 66,878

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 1,088 

Military graduation rate: 82%

47. Texas Woman’s University 

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 15,520

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 312

Military graduation rate: N/A

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54. Texas Tech University

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 38,209

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 542

Military graduation rate: 53%

57. University of Texas at San Antonio

Total fall 2018 enrollment: 32,264

Military fall 2018 enrollment: 1,499

Military graduation rate: 44%