When veterans rejoin civilian life, one of their greatest challenges is finding a new career. Naturally, this quest often leads to the classroom—where veterans can build upon the career they started in the service, return to the career they had before they enlisted, or begin an entirely new path.
But where do veterans go to school? Do they tend to enroll at community colleges or universities? Online or in person? Are the top schools for veteran enrollment concentrated in certain parts of the country?
The answers to these questions can help talent acquisition professionals locate veterans who fit into their recruitment strategies. This information may also be helpful to educators or workforce development professionals.
|Name||2013 Veteran Enrollment|
|Source: EMSI via Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS); public institutions only|
|University of Maryland-University College||12,704|
|Central Texas College||5,876|
|Tidewater Community College||5,776|
|Ivy Tech Community College||4,968|
|Northern Virginia Community College||4,084|
|Florida State College at Jacksonville||3,751|
|Arizona State University-Tempe||3,108|
|Old Dominion University||3,001|
|Austin Community College District||2,945|
|Fayetteville Technical Community College||2,898|
|San Antonio College||2,768|
|Tarrant County College District||2,743|
|Pikes Peak Community College||2,712|
|Miami Dade College||2,518|
|Lone Star College System||2,402|
|Houston Community College||2,260|
|The University of Texas at San Antonio||2,256|
|University of Alaska Anchorage||2,118|
Here are a few takeaways from this data:
- Many veterans choose to study online. The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) headlines the list with more than double the enrollments of the second most popular institution. UMUC’s ranking is especially significant because, although it is part of the University of Maryland system, it is also a large online education provider. Troy University, which is sixth on the list, also specializes in distance learning.
- Among vets, community colleges are more popular than universities. Of the top 20 schools for veteran employment, 13 of them are community colleges. Community colleges—which often help students draw clearer connections between education and careers, offer accelerated programs, and cost less—may better suit the needs of veterans.
- Veteran enrollment is regionally concentrated. The top schools for veteran enrollment are largely concentrated around Washington, DC (in Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina) and in the Southwest (most notably in Texas). In fact, seven of the top 20 schools are in Texas—most likely due to the large concentration of military bases and installments in the Lone Star State, and thus a large concentration of veterans.
The veteran enrollment data in this post comes from College Analyst, EMSI’s college recruiting software that lets you filter every higher education institution in the US by degree level, race/ethnicity, gender, veteran, and disability status. To learn more about EMSI data, contact us. Follow EMSI on Twitter (@DesktopEcon) or check us out on LinkedIn and Facebook.