UE Again Named One of the Nation's Most Military Friendly Schools

Posted: Monday, September 17, 2012

For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Evansville has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, a national media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“We are honored to again be named among the colleges and universities in the United States most supportive of our veterans,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Offering a life-transforming educational experience to those who have given so much to the nation is an important way for us to show our appreciation for their service.”

The University of Evansville’s efforts to recruit and support military students have been recognized by numerous organizations. Since 2009, UE has received a total of $115,000 in grant funding from Operation Diploma, the higher education initiative of the Military Family Research Institute (MFRI) at Purdue University. UE opened an Office of Veterans Affairs on campus in summer 2009. The office is responsible for veteran outreach and has worked with on-campus veterans and current military students to create UE VETS, a student organization that works to increase awareness of veterans and military issues. The office also hosts the annual Honoring Women Veterans Conference, a day of complimentary education, pampering, and camaraderie for women who have served in the United States military.

UE has also participated in the Yellow Ribbon Program since the 2009-10 academic year. The program provides a free education to military veterans and active service members with more than 36 months of active duty since September 11, 2001. Veterans who have served less than 36 months receive a pro-rated financial aid award from UE and government program partners. Anyone who qualifies for the educational award can also choose to transfer it to a spouse or dependent.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the University of Evansville’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The 1,739 institutions on this year’s Military Friendly Schools list were recognized for their outstanding recruitment and retention of students with military experience. Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 schools nationwide.

A full list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools is available now at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com and will be published in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. 

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