Local Music Tap: McNally Smith Makes ‘Best College For Vets’ List

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(credit: McNally Smith College Of Music)

(credit: McNally Smith College Of Music)

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Military Times EDGE magazine has named St. Paul’s McNally Smith College of Music one of the best colleges for veterans.

On Tuesday, McNally Smith announced its inclusion in the national list, called “Military Times Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2014 List.”

The college credits its participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which is dedicated to student support resources and a 8:1 student to faculty ratio. McNally also mentioned its 1-year-old Veterans Free Tuition Initiative, which increased its matching of veteran-specific federal financial aid programs – essentially offering free tuition for men and women of the U.S. military.

“We are honored to be recognized for reaching out to our country’s military service men and women,” McNally Smith President Harry Chalmiers said.”This distinction affirms our commitment to helping veterans who have a passion for making music and working in the music industry to achieve their goals.”

Colleges were evaluated in five categories: university culture, student support, academic policies, academic quality, financial aid, university culture and student support.

McNally Smith has 19 veterans enrolled at the College in various programs. To date, more than 100 vets have attended McNally Smith.

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