WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (December 26, 2017) — MassBay Community College is pleased to announced it has been selected for the Military Times Best Colleges 2018 ranking. This ranking is the result of an annual survey conducted by Military Times, which evaluates institutions on veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement.
Military Times’ Best Colleges 2018 is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families. Military Times’ annual Best Colleges survey asks colleges and universities to meticulously document a tremendous 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. Military Times also factors in data from the Veterans Affairs and Defense departments, as well as three Education Department sources: the IPEDS Data Center, College Scorecard data and the Cohort Default Rate Database. More than 600 college took part in this year’s detailed survey
“Education is one of the most effective ways of integrating our veterans back into civilian life,” said Marie Hahs, Coordinator of Veteran and Military Services. “MassBay strives to offer the best for members of the Armed Forces coming home by providing comprehensive, on-campus support services.”
“MassBay has made a conscience effort to support student veterans and service members in transition,” said MassBay Student Government Association President and student veteran Charles Santamaria. “Through on campus accommodations and academic support services MassBay prepares veterans to excel in the classroom, while also providing one-on-one guidance to fully understand GI Bill benefits and map out your educational journey.”
MassBay offers academic advising, career counseling, and support services to assist our veteran students to succeed. Among the resources available to MassBay’s veteran students is the on-campus Veterans Resource Center, nicknamed “The Bunker” which opened in spring 2011. MassBay currently enrolls more than 140 veteran students each semester.
"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. "For the past eight years, we've seen colleges and universities consistently increasing their resources, revising their policies and improving their academic outcomes for military and veteran students. The Military Times Best: Colleges rankings showcase the very best of these efforts."
MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.