Black Hills State University has been ranked among the 2013 Best for Vets four-year colleges. The list, put out by Military Times, ranks the schools based on surveys sent in by the universities.

BHSU was ranked in the top 70 schools in the nation that are deemed best for Vets based on a survey that demonstrated widespread efforts by schools to accommodate vets and active-duty service members.

BHSU, which has the highest percentage of veteran students among South Dakota schools, has a long history of working with the military to provide educational options for veterans and active military people. The University provides many services to veteran students. Earlier this fall, BHSU opened a new Vets Center which provides a relaxing atmosphere to study and socialize, tutoring and other support services, and a location for veterans to network. The center serves students who are veterans, those currently serving in the military, and their dependents. BHSU currently has 250 veterans enrolled.

For the Best for Vets listing, Military Times ranks the schools based on a variety of factors including whether residency rules are waived for service members, whether a school has a veterans’ office, the number of staff members dedicated to veterans’ issues, and academic support for veterans.

BHSU was also recently named to the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, the third consecutive year the University has been recognized with the honor.