MARSHALL (KMHL) – Southwest Minnesota State University has been rewarded with a No. 1 national ranking by Military Friendly School.

More than 1,000 schools participated in this year’s survey, SMSU received the designation in the small public university class.

Justin Guggisberg is the Veterans Resource Coordinator at SMSU, he says it’s quite the honor.

“It’s another way to give them an award for all the support they give the veteran community we have, anything we need, SMSU has been there for us,” said Guggisberg.

SMSU says the honor takes into account several factors including graduate and career outcomes, military student support & retention and financial aid and loan repayment, culture & commitment, academic policies & compliance and admissions & orientation.

Guggisberg says that approximately 60 veterans are currently attending SMSU.

“We are extremely proud of being ranked No. 1 by Military Friendly School,” said SMSU President Kumara Jayasuriya. “Our military personnel face unique challenges when they return to college, and SMSU has a strong commitment to support and success of our veterans and their families.”