Best for Vets Ranks DCTC 11th in Midwest

College provides full array of support services for military veterans and servicemembers

2022 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges has ranked Dakota County College #11 for all ranked colleges in the Midwest. Best for Vets included five ranking categories this year. Along with its Midwest ranking, DCTC was recognized in the following categories:

  • 80th in Overall
  • 10th in At Least 2 But Less Than 4 Years
  • 70th in Primarily In-Person Education
  • 65th in Public

According to Military Times, “This year’s Best for Vets: Colleges survey includes responses from more than 300 schools that answered more than 70 questions on their services and programs specific to military students—whether active-duty, veteran, or families and dependents of servicemembers.

“Student success metrics (completion, retention, persistence, GPA1) are the most important factor in determining the relative ranking of schools on this year’s list, followed closely by the range of military-specific resources and the level of financial assistance they offer. Admissions and registration policies, human resources and assorted miscellaneous considerations also factor into the scoring rubric.”

DCTC has been consistently ranked nationally by Best for Vets:¹
  • #5 in 2021
  • #4 in 2020
  • #6 in 2019
  • #7 in 2018
  • #12 in 2017

More about Military & Veteran Services at DCTC…

Dakota County Technical College has shown its commitment to being a veteran friendly campus by being proclaimed a Beyond The Yellow Ribbon Company in 2010, opening a newly remodeled Military and Veterans Service Center in 2016. DCTC is dedicated to meeting the needs of student-veterans and active-duty servicemembers. Some veterans face personal, relationship, education, and employment challenges.

Veteran’s families also may need support while their loved ones serve overseas and when they return home. DCTC, working with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, provides additional training on supporting veterans to counselors, student affairs staff, faculty, and administrators.

Military and Veteran Service Center

Established in spring 2007 in cooperation with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs, the Military and Veteran Service Center provides support to military members, veterans, and their families as they transition to college and beyond. The Center is committed to offering information and assistance as well as a welcoming space for students to gather for peer support.

Located in Room 2-302 on the DCTC campus, the Center is staffed by Katherine Bachman and VA student workers who are committed to helping veterans reach their higher education goals.

Services offered

  • Veterans, current military, and dependent resources
  • Military credit transfer
  • Academic accommodations
  • Withdrawals due to deployments
  • Referrals to on-campus academic assistance
  • Access to community providers
  • Events for veterans and military families
  • Scholarships for the following:
    • Veterans
    • Current Military
    • Dependents of veterans or current military

Important Links


7 a.m. – 9 p.m.   Monday – Friday

Learn more about Military & Veteran Services at DCTC by contacting:

Kathy Bachman
MDVA Higher Education Regional Coordinator
Office: Military and Veterans Service Center (Room 2-302)

Janet Lorenzo
School Certifying Official

¹ Best for Vets: “Because of revised scoring, there are significant fluctuations in the placement of many schools within the rankings. Therefore, direct comparison of year-over-year rankings is not appropriate as a gauge of an individual school’s actual progress in serving military-connected students.” Learn more at Methodology: 2022 Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges.