The Guide was released this month and is also available online at

Military Advanced Education cited USD for having support services in place like the Student Veterans Resource Center to assist active duty and veteran students. USD also received praise for generating events that annually promote military service and veterans within the community, including a Veterans Day Community Supper, the annual Military Appreciation Football Game, cords for graduating students and Veterans Week activities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges & Universities evaluated more than 600 institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges.

“We believe the Guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities,” said Kelly Fodel, MAE’s editor. “We used strict criteria to individually evaluate the submissions of respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year.”

Now in its eighth year of publishing the Guide, MAE was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

“The University of South Dakota takes great pride in providing the best educational and campus living opportunities for our active military and veteran students,” noted Scott Pohlson, vice president of Enrollment, Marketing and University Relations at USD. “To be recognized by Military Advanced Education for assisting our service members who are actively pursuing their higher education at USD is a tremendous honor.”

For more information, please go to for online access to MAE’s 2015 Guide to Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education.

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