The Military Advanced Education's "2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities" ranked the San Bernardino campus at the top of a survey that included more than 300 universities - public, private and nonprofit, according to campus officials.
It earned No. 1 among public colleges and sixth among all colleges in the state.
"This year, our guide delivers the best of both worlds," said Laural Hobbes, MAE's editor in a statement provided by the university. "While it's based on more comprehensive research, there's no need to navigate a data maze.
"Each school's performance ranking by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that are strongest in the military-friendly policies that are most important to them, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations."
The ranking for Cal State San Bernardino comes as its new Veterans Success Center sees its own success.
The center opened in 2012, supported by a portion of a student success initiative fee.
Services offered include advocacy programs, a computer lab with free printing services and a lounge where veteran students can relax between classes.
The center also sponsors events that promote military education.
It also supports and publishes a monthly newsletter, The Reveille.
Students have received it well.
At least one student is attending precisely because of the college's military student friendliness.
CSUSB veteran student Kenneth Jacobs, who has been a reservist in the Marine Corps for more than three years, is one of them, according to the university.
"For example, CSUSB was very accommodating with allowing me to attend a later...new-student orientation because I was away at Marine Corps training during my designated registration," Jacobs said in a news release. "Other campuses were unsympathetic to the fact that I was away at required military training.
"Thanks to the supportive veteran-friendly staff throughout the campus, I was able to register, obtain my priority registration and begin my academic career."
The schools were evaluated based on four categories: support, financial programs, military culture and flexibility.
"We are honored that MAE ranked CSUSB first out of the California public colleges and universities that were surveyed," said Marci Daniels, director of the Veterans Success Center in a statement. "This rating acknowledges the importance and strong commitment that CSUSB veteran-serving staff and faculty place on educating those who have served our country."