The University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus was recognized among the best schools for veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement for 2018 by the Military Times.

The Military Times: Best Colleges 2018 is developed by Gannett’s Military Times, which provides news and critical information to U.S. military forces and veterans worldwide. Hundreds of universities and colleges apply to the list each year.

“We value our students who are military connected, and try to provide good, comprehensive services to make sure they feel supported here on campus,” says Phil Larson, program director of the Veteran and Military Services and associate director of the Office of New Student Programs. “We’re honored to be selected for this recognition and it verifies what we know we already do.”

Colleges across the nation were ranked on survey responses and data from the federal departments of Education, Defense and Veterans Affairs across five categories, including university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost and financial aid.

The university provides an array of services to student veterans or active-duty military. Larson added that the Veteran and Military Services Office provides a network of people to surround and mentor veterans on campus including representatives to serve as liaisons between Housing, Counseling & Psychological Services, the Career Center, advising and the Dean of Students Office.

In a recent video shared around Veterans Day, U-M undergraduate student and veteran Dylan Keyes discussed what drew him to the university: “U-M tops the list in all the rankings, so no matter what publication you always look at, U-M is going to be one of those top ones.”

Big Ten universities on the list include Rutgers University (4), the University of Maryland (25), the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (29), the University of Michigan (69), and Ohio State University (89).

In this video, student veterans discuss what drew them to the university.