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Arizona State University ranked high for veteran service programs

Bearing the name of Pat Tillman, it’s no surprise that Arizona State University’s veterans center has been recognized as one of the best in the country, according to Military Times.

The publication, which caters to active duty military members and their families, released its rankings and scored ASU in its top 100 four-year schools for active duty students and praised the university for being one of the most military-friendly schools.

The “Best for Vets” colleges survey asks colleges and universities to document services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties and to describe the many aspects of veteran culture on campus.

Steven Borden, director of the Pat Tillman Veterans Center, said he wasn’t surprised by the ranking.

“We’ve had a fair number of veterans feel the center has made a huge difference in preparing them for college and helping them connect with other veterans,” Borden said in a press release.

The center employs two full-time military advocates who help engage student veterans in campus life and pass hurdles during their studies. The center also employs about 60 student veterans throughout the university five campuses.

“We are continuing to take a concerted approach to outreach to our students to get them engaged on campus,” Borden said. “Engagement on campus is a huge part of student veterans success.”

Tuition at ASU is offered at in-state rates to all veterans who have been honorably discharged from all branches of service, including the National Guard and Reserves. ASU has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine for seven years in a row.