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Florida State University moved up two spots to No. 8 in the latest "Best Colleges for Vets" rankings, which are published annually by Military Times magazine.

Military Times surveyed hundreds of schools with a detailed questionnaire on issues crucial to student veterans. Survey responses were then compared to data from the U.S. Department of Education, including academic success measures.

"It is extremely gratifying to receive national recognition for the work being done by the Florida State community toward becoming the most veteran-friendly and empowering university in the nation," said Billy Francis, director of the Student Veterans Center.

Military Times evaluated schools in five main categories — university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid — although the editors also considered other factors in developing the rankings.

Florida State received high marks for its veteran-centered activities, which took into account groups such as the Collegiate Veterans Association and events like Florida State's annual Student Veteran Film Festival.

The university also rated highly in the staff support category, and its veteran graduation rate ranked fourth best among the 100 four-year schools on the Military Times list.