San Diego State's men's basketball team falls to No. 13 in new AP poll, released Feb. 24, 2014.

San Diego State University and San Diego-based Ashford University were ranked among the country’s best schools for veterans as named this week by the Military Times.

SDSU was 11th out of 125 four-year universities in the publication’s “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016 list.” The distinction recognizes colleges across the country that demonstrate a commitment to providing educational opportunities to American veterans.

According to the Military Times, the 89 percent graduation rate for veterans at SDSU is one of the highest in the U.S.

Cal State San Marcos ranked 61st on the list and the University of San Diego 74th.

“Our secret is that we are a high-touch university,” CSUSM’s Veterans Services Director Patricia Reily said. “We have small classes and we pride ourselves on knowing who our veterans are — they are not just numbers. As we grow, we are committed to keeping that high-touch concept for our entire student body.”

According to CSUSM, 11 percent of the school’s population self- identifies as a veteran, active-duty military personnel or dependent — the highest number per-capita in the 23-campus California State University system.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha topped the list.

Ashford University was 16th on a list of online and nontraditional schools.

—City News Service