Military Times Ranks CSUSM Among the Nation's Best Universities for Veterans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) ranks No. 40 among the nation's top colleges and universities for veterans, according to a recent report released by Military Times EDGE, a supplemental publication of the Military Times that focuses on career and academic advancements for veterans and active duty military.

Evaluated on four key criteria, financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture, and support services, Military Times EDGE reviewed more than 4,000 colleges and universities to determine and rank the best 100 military friendly institutions nationwide. CSUSM, one of only 11 colleges and universities in California to receive the prestigious distinction, earned four out of five stars in three of the four measured categories.

Preceding this most recent honor, CSUSM was also recognized in August 2010 by G.I. Jobs magazine as a Military Friendly School and among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

Currently, CSUSM has nearly 900 enrolled students who self identify as active duty personnel, veterans, or their dependents. To support veterans, active duty personnel, and their families in achieving their higher education pursuits, CSUSM opened its Veterans Center two years ago. The center, which also serves as liaison for students with the Department of Veterans Affairs, provides a one-stop-shop for information about university resources, academic programs, VA educational benefits, and financial aid. Additionally, CSUSM's Veterans Center offers a social lounge where students can connect and build campus camaraderie.

The university's veteran-friendly approach to higher education will continue to be a valuable asset to current veteran and military students, as well as prospective students. Veteran enrollment is expected to increase at CSUSM over the coming years as a result of the university's participation in California's Troops to College initiative, a program created by California Governor Schwarzenegger to attract and support veterans in public universities and colleges.

To view the top 100 ranked colleges and universities by the Military Times EDGE "Best for Vets: College 2010" report, visit www.militarytimesedge.com/projects/best-for-vets-colleges-2010/.

About California State University San Marcos
California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself. Students benefit from the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty that enjoys teaching, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a successful life in and out of the workplace. A recent survey reported that our annual spending in the region was $161 million, generating a total impact of $307 million on the regional economy. Eighty-five percent of CSUSM's alumni stay in the region. CSU San Marcos is located on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos. It is 15 miles east of the ocean; just 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.