The University of Central Florida’s efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students have earned it a spot on a national list of “military friendly” schools.

G.I. Jobs magazine ranked UCF among the top 15 percent of universities, private and community colleges and trade schools in the country for the services and support it provides to military students.

G.I. Jobs, which targets veterans looking for post-military success, reviewed more than 12,000 schools for its annual list. The publication selected the schools that best support student veterans and offer them the most outstanding education, value and welcome.

Student veterans are provided with mentoring and special academic support services starting when they first arrive at UCF. The university’s Veterans Academic Resource Center supports students in understanding campus resources; provides study space, tutoring and academic advising; and helps faculty members and staff understand the needs of student veterans.

The center, which opened in 2010, is in the CFE Arena across the street from Barnes & Noble and serves as a one-stop shop for student veterans and their eligible dependents.

More information about the Veterans Academic Resource Center is available at