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A wonderful resource has surfaced for men and women of the U.S. military armed forces.

Military Advanced Education has released the top 30 military-friendly colleges in the United States based upon information gathered from 100 schools that applied for the distinction. The top colleges and universities were selected based upon criteria such as number of military students, availability of financial aid, number of military contracts and more.

A significant number of online schools showed up among the winners, along with educational institutions that offer both accredited online degree programs and traditional on-campus classes.

Those selected are institutions that open their arms to active duty and non-active duty military. Many of these schools are either located in close proximity to military bases, are distance-learning schools, or offer courses directly on military installations.  Others provide special scholarships and financial  aid to the troops and their wives. But almost all bend over backwards to offer additional support and consideration to members of the military and their families.

The top 30 military-friendly colleges are as follows:

  1. American Military University
  2. Central Texas College
  3. Coastline Community College
  4. Colorado Technical University
  5. Excelsior College
  6. Saint Leo College
  7. Thomas Edison State College
  8. University of Maryland
  9. The University of Oklahoma
  10. Webster University
  11. American InterContinental University Online
  12. Bellevue University
  13. Capella University
  14. Central Michigan University
  15. Colorado State University-Pueblo
  16. Columbia Southern University
  17. Duquesne University School of Leadership
  18. Florida Community College
  19. Grantham University
  20. Hawaii Pacific University
  21. Jones International University
  22. Kansas State University
  23. National University
  24. Olympic College
  25. Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  26. Strayer University
  27. TUI University
  28. University of Mary
  29. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
  30. Western Governors University

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34 Responses to “Top 30 Military-Friendly Colleges Listed”

  • Military Student Says:
    April 27th, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    This list has some serious problems. I am shocked at how misleading this information and obviously not properly researched. For one some of these schools listed are not even Regionally accredited which would leave a student abandoned if they wish to pursue a higher degree at a regionally accredited college, not to mention their credits are not transferrable to regionally accredited colleges. I have personally attended on of these colleges and I can tell you that their customer service to deployed soldiers is deplorable. Another college will suck every bit of their tuition assistance leaving them to tap in their GI bill, when a better reputed college would have served them better. Another college listed charges the soldier over 1500 dollars to apply for a diploma because they are basically a diploma mill. Truly this is a very poorly researched list. Finally, I wonder why UMUC, which has been serving soldiers since 1947, and has face-to-face classes being offered to deployed soldiers in the Middle East, not listed? UMUC has an excellent reputation, beyond reasonable classes, decent customer service, and yet did not make this list? Makes you wonder whose pockets were being lined.

  • vida Says:
    April 28th, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    As mentioned in the article, Military Advanced Education selected the top 30 schools based upon a number of criteria, including accreditation and financial aid.

    It is difficult to reply to non-specific assertions; however we always recommend that potential students — including military students — check the credentials and transferability of credits of any schools in which they plan to enroll. The transferring of credits is complicated, regardless of the accreditation or reputation of a school.

    Both active military and military veterans deserve the best possible academic experience; and the online schools on the list are among those that have gone the extra mile to offer additional military scholarships (including some for spouses) and to provide special guidance and counseling for military and former military students.

    We would certainly recommend that any school not treating its military students with respect be reported to the proper military authorities and be removed from any future military-friendly lists.

  • choco Says:
    May 13th, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Military student,

    If you read the list again you will see UMUC listed #8. University of Maryland is UMUC. UMUC is a branch of UM college park, so most people only refer to it as the University of Maryland. It is the same as being in california. You have UC berkley, UC davis, UC san diego, and so on. UMUC is Maryland.

  • Ashley Says:
    June 1st, 2009 at 11:16 am

    What in the world is the American Military University? And where is it, too.

  • Ralph Eagerman Says:
    June 5th, 2009 at 3:45 am

    This schools on this list except a few seem really cheesy. And who is Advaned military education anyway? It looks to me like some fabricated list that the schools put together to make themselves look good.

  • Tim in Indy Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 9:27 am

    I don’t see University of Phoenix which is interesting–they currently have 27,000 military personnel taking courses with 500 counselors devoted just to military students alone–here is the link to a recent article that staed they were in the top twenty:


    I think this is interesting.

  • vida Says:
    June 25th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    Thanks for the comment. I understand your confusion in not seeing University of Phoenix on this list. The list referred to in this blog was released in December of 2007. However, Military Advanced Education did include University of Phoenix on their 2nd Annual List that was released in December of 2008. You can check out our blog regarding that updated list at: http://blog.directoryofschools.com/online-schools/top-20-military-friendly-colleges-and-universities-2nd-annual-list/

  • Haydn Says:
    August 5th, 2009 at 10:01 am


    AMU is a college in WV. I went there for my master of arts in political science. Classes are ok but the teachers are bogus. They don’t help you out and when you email for assistance they tell you to figure it out on your own. The teachers are very knowledgable about the subjects they teach but they are essentially there to get a paycheck, NOT to teach you. I say this because every teacher I had was an adjunct. They all taught elsewhere full time so their focus was on their full time teaching loads and research and since you are online and cannot go to them and physically talk to them they know that there is little you can do to them except report them to the chair or dean in which case you still won’t see anything done. Classes are either 8 or 16 weeks long depending on what you want when you register and trust me, you can’t wait to be done because you are LITERALLY teaching yourself everything you will learn. Cheap school but that means you get what you pay for. I have since moved on to National University (number 23) and I have been MORE than pleased with them!!! Some issues but that goes with online learning, but I definitely LOVE NU!!! (I finish my master of public administration in Oct from NU.)

  • Alex Says:
    October 16th, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    I agree with military student, This list has some serious problems. I am shocked at how misleading this information and obviously not properly researched.

  • Ken Says:
    December 23rd, 2009 at 6:39 am


    AMU is NOT military friendly! Was taking classes until my transcripts finally were put together. To my surprise anything on your AARTS transcripts will not count towards anything except elective credits. 20 years in intel, wanting a intel degree, and they want you to take basic intel courses..

  • Josh Says:
    January 6th, 2010 at 9:18 pm


    Many schools are military friendly. Ivy League schools are especially friendly to USMC officers, SF, and Seals. Especially, Seals and SF. If you aren’t a db and you have hg standards…Columbia is waiting…and yeah that’s the one in New York.

  • Josh Says:
    January 6th, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Other than that the list is total crap.

  • james Says:
    January 20th, 2010 at 4:07 pm

    There are lots of schools which are military friendly, check military friendly school list.

  • Dale Says:
    July 22nd, 2010 at 5:06 am

    CHARTER OAK STATE COLLEGE!!!! I did my own research on this college a while back and obtained my B.S. through them having to take only four classes. They accepted everyone of my military credits and let me design my own degree through their Individualized Studies program. Do not overlook this school!!!

  • Julie Lamb Says:
    July 30th, 2010 at 11:05 am

    This list is absolutely misleading! Not only is UofP missing, but so is Kaplan University, Ashford University, Devry, and many others. The newer list is a little better, but the rankings are still off and there are still some great schools missing. I’ve personally attended Ashford and Kaplan and I have many friends who have attended other online schools (UofP, Devry, CTU, AMU, WGU, etc.).

    First, check the accreditation and make sure they are Regionally Accredited.

    To research the accreditation of EVERY school you speak with, please follow this link: http://www.chea.org/
    and/or http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/

    Regional Accreditation Agencies

    MSACS Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
    SACS Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
    NCACS North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    NEASC New England Association of Schools and Colleges
    WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges
    NWCCU Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    Also important to look for SOC
    SOC Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

    Secondly, you’ll want to check on a few things. I chose Kaplan University based on these factors, their accreditation, and the degree I wanted:
    1. Term length and a break between terms
    2. Number of classes per term
    3. Assignment due dates (day 3,6, & 7 or just day 7)
    4. Types of assignments (no group projects, but with quizes, research papers, etc.)
    5. Live seminars AND live office hours; yes, even for online schools using the newer technologies now available. You can get your questions answered immediately with live seminars!
    6. Transfer credit policy (ACE for military students, CLEP, Experience, and of course Nationally & Regionally Accredited schools)
    7. Cost to attend, the GI Bill should cover your education at 100%, there is no need for us to pay more than what the GI Bill pays for those of us who were active duty. Guard and Reserves will usually still have to apply for financial aid (FAFSA).
    8. Support; advisors walk you through EVERY step of the process including how to apply for TA, GIB, FA, & help gather transcripts

  • Jennifer Says:
    August 12th, 2010 at 3:38 am

    Ok my Military friends, all those schools are military friendly. Now while we know that all schools want money, some want it more than others. UOP … I am not a fan. Their counselors all having been prior military is a marketing ploy at the core and I do not like how they mislead the military and so, I don’t advise any of my Soldiers to go there unless they are fully aware of the real tuition and overall cost. Please note that I Heard they recently did take it back down to the 250 per credit you all get per FY. I don’t think you should even have to use your GI bill for your Bachelors degree. Tuition Assistance covers almost any good school. Save that money, especially with the post 9/11 which in NY amounts to 105K tax free in BAH over the 36 months and 100% Ivy League TA paid IN FULL. If you bank the BAH, that is another person’s education later on. Make sure you get good counseling before using that money. If you are reserve and may serve active duty, don’t waste months on your reserve because you don’t get an entire new GI Bill, they will deduct for months used on the Reserve one and give you an additional 12 months of benefits, BEST CASE.

    Call your education center and if you don’t like them than call your favorite ed center person because knowledge is transferrable and not limited to your unit’s location.

    Finally, THANK YOU ALL for the service you provide that I could never do!!!!! We support you in all you do!!!!

    Oh, one more thing … Make sure you are in a regional school but even if you aren’t and it is part of the SOCAD program than you can still transfer to a regional also in the SOCAD and not lose your credits. AARTS/SMARTS only matter if it matches courses offered in your degree plan otherwise it is electives. That is how it is supposed to be so stop hatin on AMU ;-) They are pretty good and cutting edge in degrees like Homeland Security and Emergency Disaster Relief. Think that sounds bootleg? Starting salary for sitting in a light tower could be 90K. Who’s bootleg now, SON! ;-) Have an ARMY STRONG DAY!

  • Hauptjaeger Says:
    August 17th, 2010 at 6:52 am

    If you are looking for a good school, with great bang for your buck, and one that is very military friendly, North Carolina State University is a great choice. They have very strong engineering, design, and veterinarian programs. As an alumnus who went through the ROTC program, I can vouch for their friendliness. They have a lot of distance education options, as well, including ABET accredited graduate engineering.

  • top california community colleges Says:
    August 27th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    North Carolina is not even on the list, i think you better update that list soon please :)

  • Lillian Says:
    September 7th, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Jennifer – you seem to know quite a bit about how to best utilize the educational funds — any chance I can contact you by email to learn more?

  • Military Online College Says:
    September 8th, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    There are lots of more schools which are military friendly, check military friendly schools list.

  • Jonathan Says:
    November 17th, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    The title of this website should be called, “Easiest to get good grades colleges.” With the exception of University of Oklahoma and Kansas State University, (and couple others) the rest of the schools are pretty much….diploma mill. You give us the money and we will give you a satisfied grade.

  • Dreyfus Says:
    December 10th, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Bunch of for-profit bottom-feeding so-called ‘universities’ that feed off vets and active duty. The comment about “degree mill” was spot on. These ‘universities’ are exactly what this article is about–http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/09/education/09colleges.html?_r=2&ref=todayspaper. I know its hard getting a degree–I did 6 years in the Corps and started undergrad from scratch and still have 3 semesters to go. If you need the piece of paper and honestly can’t do school then get it from one of the above (with an exception or two) crappy schools. If you want an education, get to a REAL university or even community college. I guarantee you’ll actually do some learning, and this is coming from a guy who hates school more than life on ship living on a trice-out rack.

  • Barboa Says:
    February 13th, 2011 at 10:42 am

    I would like to know what is the best military friendly on-line school for Bacculaureate Pre-Law / Law Schools AND transferable. Preferably in California.

  • Natasha Says:
    February 17th, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    AMU sucks attended adn it was a good expereience until they gave me 69 credits for all my military schooling then years later did a reevaluation and I ended up with 53. That 53 included the 13 credits I took with them. Kaplan is the same way. If they think that with all your military experience that you will be able to get your degree faster they will not give you credit for it. I am still looking for a good school plese help. I have 10 yrs experienc ein admin adn medical field. I took Anatomy while in the miltiary and Kaplan will not give me credit for it, AMU did and Arapahoe did. Its so hard when the teachers dont care and the school just trying to make money off soldiers and veterans.

  • need_degree Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    I need to find a college that will accept all of my military credit and apply it in a manner that actually counts. One that will take my life experience into consideration. Basically, one that I will only have to take two or three classes and get my degree. I have 130 credits and 17 years of professional IT management experience and I am a reserve component officer. I don’t need a degree for my civilian job, GS-2210-12 Step 2, just need it to make Captain. It is only a piece of paper to me that allows me to satisfy a requirement. I just need to check the box. So which one should I pick? This is not a joke I am completely serious.

  • vida Says:
    April 11th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I would recommend that you check with the military education center within your branch of the service. They may be able to assist you in narrowing your selection of colleges to those that meet your specific needs.

    However, each accredited college degree program generally has course category requirements that must be met. So you will need to have your current credits assessed to determine whether you have completed enough credits from each category — i.e. English literature, science, math, humanities, history, foreign language, etc.

    I hope it works out for you to translate a portion of your life experience into allowable college credits that will move you closer to your goal of college graduation.

  • anonymous Says:
    April 21st, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    I’ve been going to Texas A&M for 2.5 years and .5 years at the University of North Texas. I am on my last year at A&M and I’m now running into trouble trying to get some small “ankle biting” classes taken care of in lieu of my SMART transcripts from the Marine Corps when I was active duty and some credits from the Community College of the Air Force which I have from being in the Air National Guard.

    A&M Fails to recongnize ACE credit, and today I was informed by people from SMART that I have virtually no chance getting a “brick and mortar” school like A&M to accept ACE credit…. I am sitting here scratching my head wondering why the Navy and the Marine Corps would knowingly get accreditation through an organization they know good schools will not accept. Are we being set up from the start before we even enter the military. I have been on two Med floats, Afgahnistan, and earned a humanitarian award for evacuating Americans out of Beirut; yet Texas A&M does not recongnize I have met any humanities credit nor International Diversity Credits, or any other credit for that matter.

    Following are the actual emails from the SMART Transcript(Navy/Marine);

    To be honest, you have a better chance having a “military friendly” school (e.g. CCAF) accept credits versus a traditional “brick and mortar” school (e.g. Texas A & M).

    —–Original Message—–
    From: —–
    Sent: Thursday, April 21, 2011 17:40
    To: —– CIV CPPD
    Subject: Re: Emailing: SMART System

    Unfortunately these smart transcripts have not transferred any credit what so ever, schools do not like the ACE accreditation.

  • wanda canales Says:
    December 15th, 2011 at 6:39 pm

    What makes an university military friendly?

  • vida Says:
    August 17th, 2012 at 11:36 am

    Military-friendly schools often have special departments to handle the applications of current and former military servicemembers. They are aware of the intricate financial aid provisions of the G.I. bill and are able to help military personnel navigate through all of that and receive all of the financial aid to which they are entitled. However, it is still up to potential military students to research the schools to which they apply. They should check accreditation and find out whether their credits will transfer into other accredited colleges or universities of their choice. After all, students are usually investing thousands of dollars and should feel confident that they are receiving a high-quality product.

  • Bridget R. Baxter-Leitch Says:
    June 8th, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I apologize for the length of this complaint but this is just the tip of the iceberg of the problems I had at this college. I got my remaining 12 credits of my AA and my BA in Criminal Justice at CTU, Colorado Technical University. I would not advise this school unless you want a lot of headaches and possibly ripped off. They do not care if you are military, in fact the military discount that they raved about giving was no longer given once I started using my husbands GI Bill to pay. They withheld my BA until my husband paid a $5,000 loan they said we owed on top of my FASFA student loans and even then it took at least 6-8 months to actually receive it after calling repeatedly to get them to send it. I am still checking into how much we actually owed because I did not recall getting ANY cash loans from them for any amount let alone $5,000. My husband was in Afghanistan when he paid the amount due not knowing of the confusion. He just wanted me to get my diploma so I could prove my education and possibly get a job. They also are horrible at advising. I could have gotten a degree that would have given me qualifications so I could have worked in Human Resources and in the supervisory positions, not just as a cop. Knowing I had a physical disability that would keep me from being a police officer and I wanted to go in the direction of leadership and juvenile probation officer, they did not tell me that I was in a program that would be for someone wanting to get a raise as a cop. I could have gotten my BA and went in a direction where I could have had more management and been qualified for office/supervisory positions in many law enforcement areas. I have a degree now that has done me no good what so ever. When I found out about the other avenue my degree could have taken me I was almost done with my basic BA in Criminal Justice and to get the needed classes I would have had to stay in for another year and still come out with just the one BA, no additional degrees from taking the classes I should have taken. I have not been able to get a job unless I could be an entry level police officer which my disability makes it impossible. I cannot even get a job as a probation officer because I didn’t have any classes in juvenile law or leadership type. I asked from the beginning if this degree would be what I needed for the specific jobs I could do and they said the entire time I was and would have no trouble getting work, until I was almost through my BA then they informed me I probably should take this other route of classes. I thought maybe a couple classes but it would have been another year and still the same degree. You think when you talk to a military adviser and tell them exactly what type of work you want to do and are physically able to do they will tell you your options and what classes will take you in what direction. But instead they wait till you are so far into a degree that to get the job or even that persons secretary for the job you expected to be qualified for would take an additional year and get the same BA a year later. I would have had to take enough additional classes to qualify for another AA or also a BA in a Human Resources type criminal justice degree/business degree, but when asked about that they said my prior classes for electives, required math, etc. would not apply to that degree and in order to get another degree I would have to take all different math, english etc. So I sit with a huge bill, a questionable loan that had to be paid off before they would even talk about giving me my completed with honors degree, that took 6-8 months later after paying this ? bill to get and a lot of angry calls and promises that it was on its way. I got no tassel or recording of my ceremony or honor cords like with my AA. This isn’t even going into the endless problems I had with teachers and inconsistent teachings and having to keep and have EVERY communication with any department in an email form to prove my side of issues with grading wrong, teachers demanding you cannot get any better grade unless you improve what they found wrong in your previous assignments but never graded your previous assignment until after three more assignments were due. So I had to email professors so I could prove I asked for what to improve on so my next assignment was graded with their complaints fixed, but could not because they never graded the prior task. This was the same with dropping classes or changing, without the proof of date on these emails I had to send because without this proof they tried to bill me for classes I supposedly changed past the date to where it was free, but they wanted to charge me for both classes, the one I changed and the one changed to. It was a nightmare and I still have no job because of the classes taken were for a cop only not working in any other area of law enforcement.

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    July 27th, 2013 at 2:40 pm

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  • Mike Says:
    November 15th, 2013 at 7:46 am

    This list is so poorly researched, and such a piece of shit. Bellevue University couldn’t in any way be considered military friendly, it is a total degree mill. They also charge insanely high tuition and fees, and are clearly only concerned with bringing in as much money to their coffers as possible. DO NOT ATTEND!

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