Inver Hills Makes Top Five on Best for Vets

Military Times ranks IHCC third among two-year colleges nationally

INVER GROVE HEIGHTS, Minn., Nov. 15, 2013—Inver Hills Community College is ranked number three in the nation for two-year colleges on the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges 2014 rankings. An organization comprising Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times, Military Times placed a new emphasis on academic rigor this year when conducting and scoring the fourth annual Best for Vets: Colleges survey, a highly respected 150-question analysis of a school’s complete offerings for veterans.

“As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE.

Sue Flannigan, veterans service coordinator at Inver Hills, reported that veterans as well as active duty military often struggle adjusting to life as college students. “Veteran Services and our Counseling Office have teamed up to make sure our student veterans have an easier time finding success in college,” Flannigan said. “In the military, no one gets left behind—and we consider it our duty to continue that tradition as veterans transition back to civilian life. IHCC has established a comprehensive array of methods to accomplish that goal, including information and referral services to meet the needs of student veterans. The staff, faculty and administrators at IHCC are committed to serving our military students as they work to attain their educational and career goals.”

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

The extensive evaluation process also factored in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratio.

The full rankings include 86 four-year schools, 20 online and nontraditional schools and 14 two-year schools. They are being published in the November issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at, as well as,, and

In addition, the top 30 four-year schools, top 10 online and nontraditional schools, and top 10 two-year schools are compared in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Veterans Day.

Military Times’ series of Best for Vets survey-based rankings include: Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.

Learn more by reading the following article published Nov. 12 in USA TODAY:

“Best colleges for vets track veterans’ academic success”

About Military Times

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Top photo: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jerome Cinco holds his 3-year-old daughter close before he leaves Marine Corps Base Hawaii on a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan, April 25, 2011. Cinco is a hospital corpsman with Headquarters Battery, 1st Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Reece E. Lodder.
For more information about Veterans Services at Inver Hills Community College, contact:

Sue Flannigan
Veteran Services Coordinator
Location: CC214

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