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Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 9:15am

Military Times magazine has just announced its Military Times Best: Colleges 2018 rankings, and Mercy College has made the list.

More than 600 colleges took part in this year’s survey, all filing an exhaustive 150-question questionnaire. The survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a vast array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to students with military ties; and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

The magazine also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database.

The rankings show how schools stack up across five categories: university culture, academic quality and outcomes, policies, student support, and cost/financial aid.

"Of the hundreds of schools that applied, fewer than half received the Military Times Best: Colleges designation this year. Only the best made the cut," said George Altman, the Military Times editor in charge of the rankings.

This is not the first time Mercy has received accolades for its programs serving the military. It has been consistently recognized as one of the top schools for veterans and their families by G.I. Jobs Magazine and Military Advanced Education's Guide to Colleges and Universities. Military Times previously named Mercy one of its “Best or Vets” in 2015. Since 2007, Mercy has served more than 1,000 military students and their families.

The 2018 Military Times list is online here.