The new student union at California State University San Marcos. University photo
The new student union at California State University San Marcos. University photo

San Diego is not only a major military complex, but an emerging military education center, with two local universities ranked among the top 50 for veterans.

The Military Times newspaper ranked Cal State San Marcos 20th and San Diego State University 38th among all universities nationally for veterans.

According to the newspaper, there were 439 veterans enrolled at Cal State San Marcos, almost 4 percent of total enrollment, and 1,041 at San Diego State, a smaller percentage of that much larger school.

“We are honored and proud to be recognized for our commitment and support of our veterans,” said Joan Putnam, director of the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center at SDSU.  “Being ranked among the top 50 best colleges for vets will help spread the word nationally that SDSU offers a high-quality education while providing excellent support services to student veterans.”

Cal State San Marcos recently opened a new veterans center to support the growing number of veterans at the campus.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.