University of Dubuque Named to Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 Rankings

Nov 7, 2019 | University Relations staff

DUBUQUE, Iowa – University of Dubuque has once again been nationally recognized for its dedication to providing quality educational opportunities to veterans and military-connected students.

For the third straight year, Military Times named UD to its Best for Vets: Colleges rankings. UD was the highest-ranked Iowa institution, placing 19th on a list of 134 four-year universities.

“University of Dubuque is committed to providing a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life through relationships which encourage intellectual, spiritual, and moral development that provide for professional preparedness. Receiving this acknowledgement as a Best for Vets: Colleges is not only confirmation for our student veterans and their families that they chose a great school, but it is also affirmation for our faculty and staff that they provide student veterans the best education possible,” said Rick Ernst, veterans admission and assistance coordinator as well as director of the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center.

UD’s commitment to service members and veterans dates back to World War II with the Navy’s V5/V12 programs and continues to present day with the Sergeant Jeffrey B. Dodge Veterans Center. The center, which was built to provide student veterans a seamless transition from military life to civilian college life, has computers, study rooms, a kitchen, and a lounge area with a pool table and gaming systems. UD also provides one-on-one counseling during the admission process for veterans, offers peer-to-peer mentoring and tutoring, and provides additional grant and scholarship opportunities.

For 10 years, Military Times has conducted an extensive, editorially independent, objective study that evaluates the numerous factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans, and their families. Institutions were evaluated on university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes and quality, and cost and financial aid.

For more information about veterans’ resources at the University of Dubuque, please contact Rick Ernst at or 563.589.3366.