Black Hills State University has been ranked in the top 25 universities nationwide deemed the Best for Vets for business schools.
Black Hills State University has been ranked in the top 25 universities nationwide deemed the Best for Vets for business schools, according to a recent article in Military Times.

“Receiving the Best for Vets: Business School recognition is truly an honor for BHSU and the School of Business,” said Dr. Priscilla Romkema, dean of the College of Business and Natural Science.  “With a rich history of serving and working alongside of veterans, military personnel, and their families, BHSU has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to providing services and opportunities for those who serve our nation.”

BHSU was the only South Dakota school to make the top 25.  The University of South Dakota and South Dakota State University are ranked in the top 50.

This was the first time the universities were ranked on their business programs. “Despite this being the survey’s first year, the participation rate was high with some 100 schools responding, so making the list is a notable achievement,” according to George Altman, senior staff writer with the Military Times.

The list, put out by the military news source, ranks the schools based on surveys sent in by the universities. The universities responded to a detailed, 60-question survey which asked about their academic policies, financial aid, academic and career support. Military Times evaluated the responses, relying in part on the answers to the more rigorous survey of full colleges and universities published last fall, to develop the Best for Vets: Business School rankings.   

“BHSU has a long history of working with veterans, current military members, and their families, and we are constantly striving to put in place meaningful programs and services for these students,” said Mike McNeil, BHSU veterans representative and disabilities liaison. “Being recognized as a Best for Vets: Business School reflects the overall excellent service BHSU provides to its veteran students, and takes it a step further by looking specifically at the services available to veteran students in the School of Business.”

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. Last year, BHSU opened a 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.

Last fall, the University was ranked among the Military Times 2013 Best for Vets four-year colleges. It was also named to the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools, the third consecutive year that BHSU has been recognized with the honor.

To check out the story and rankings go to http://militarytimes.com/education/choosing-schools/military-best-for-vets-business-schools-031113/