Educational opportunities just another way we honor our veterans


By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager

Bryan-College Station has always prided itself on its patriotism, thanks in no small part to the role military service and sacrifice has played in Texas A&M’s rich history. Since so many of our residents have served honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces, our community reserves a special reverence for Veterans Day.

That’s why we’re especially proud to be ranked No. 4 on USAA’s 2015 list of the best places in America for veterans to get an education. Tuscaloosa, Ala., was ranked No. 1 while No. 6 Killeen was the only other Texas city to rank among the top 10.

According to USAA, “The College Station metro area has nearly 2,000 students studying under the G.I. Bill. Texas A&M was selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of its best colleges for veterans, and the metro’s schools have the second-highest graduation rate among our top 10 places at 54.9%. In addition, the average student loan debt is below average.”

Last year, USAA ranked B-CS No. 9 on its Best Places for Veterans list. In 2011, it ranked us as the fourth-best place for veterans to retire.

We’re consistently recognized for being a great community, but nothing makes us prouder than being a place that honors and welcomes veterans in such meaningful ways.

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