UofL ranked 35th on a U.S. News list of 234 veteran-friendly higher learning institutions released for the first time Nov. 11.

To be considered for inclusion, schools had to belong to the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium, a network that helps veterans complete college degrees, and the Yellow Ribbon Program, which works to make college more affordable for veterans.

Schools also had to be certified for the Post 9/11 GI Bill, which provides financial support to veterans seeking undergraduate degrees.

UofL offers a wide array of benefits for current and former members of the military, including scholarships and reduced tuition, career transition programs and dedicated student services. The university also partners with Fort Knox and the Kentucky National Guard to address issues affecting soldiers and their families.

Pennsylvania State-University Park topped the U.S. News list of veteran-friendly schools, with Tulane University and University of Texas-Austin tying for second.