The University of South Florida has once again been recognized by Military Times as one of the best places in the nation for student veterans to get a college education.
The publication ranked USF the No. 1 public, four-year university in that regard. Among all institutions, public and private, USF came in second.
This marks the third year in a row that Military Times put USF in its top two universities for student veterans. Last year, USF came in first overall.
USF's population of student veterans keeps growing. Last fall, USF had 1,774 veterans. Now there are 1,838.
The publication takes into account public educational data and veterans' opinions. Schools also submit an exhaustive, 150-question survey. Ultimately, Military Times weighs five categories: culture, academic outcomes and quality, cost and financial aid, student support and academic policies.
Military Times applauded the growth of USF's veteran-centric programs, such as a course that helps veterans seek jobs after graduation by bringing in business leaders and boosting interview skills.
Larry Braue, who directs USF's Office of Veteran Success, called the recognition an honor.
"At USF, we believe our comprehensive and innovative approach to supporting student veterans as they transition out of the military truly leads to academic success," he said.