Northern Arizona University has been designated a ‘Best for Vets’ university for student veterans, making the Military Times list for 2016. NAU ranked 66 in the nation.

NAU also made the 2016 list of military friendly schools, earning the designation for the fourth year in a row.

Erin Grisham, associate vice president for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at NAU, credits the ranking to the university’s commitment to student veterans.

“NAU promotes a supportive and collaborative culture to ensure the success of veterans pursuing a degree,” Grisham said. “We strive to minimize the difficulties often faced by veterans entering the academic world. We offer support services and develop processes to help our student veterans integrate into university classes and civilian life.”

Student veterans access specialized services at two locations on the Flagstaff campus: the Veteran Success Center and the W.A. Franke College of Business Veteran Student Success Center. Students also can access services through the virtual veteran center.

“Our centers provide individual support, resources and assistance to cover the entire spectrum of university life,” said Laurie Jordon, coordinator in the business college’s Veteran Student Success Center. “The centers are a home away from home where veterans can connect with other veterans. Staff and students alike build a camaraderie and a network of support, resources and friendship.”

The W.A. Franke College of Business was singled out by the Military Times this year as a best business school for veterans. The college ranked fourth in the nation in the annual ‘Best for Vets: Business Schools’ list.

NAU also earned accolades from U.S. News & World Report in May. NAU’s online bachelor’s and graduate degree programs were chosen as one of the nation’s Best Online Programs for Veterans. The online bachelor’s program ranked 115 of the 737 schools evaluated and the online master’s program ranked 91. The rankings were based on the affordability, faculty credentials, student services and reputation.