St. Cloud State University is among the nation’s top 20 percent of schools that deliver the best experience for military students, according to the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list from Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs. Victory Media describes its military-friendly list as schools that offer military students the best services, programs, discounts, scholarships, clubs, networking and staff.
“Being included in the military-friendly list is recognition that St. Cloud State is in support of all veterans, including the Reserves, National Guard, Coast Guard and dependents of veterans,” said Monique Coleman, director of the Veterans Resource Center at SCSU. Coleman started as the center’s first director in July.
St. Cloud State, which serves about 700 student veterans each school year, has earned the military-friendly designation each year since 2009.
Besides the already outstanding services SCSU provides for veteran students such as offering in-state tuition and waiving application fees for all veterans, the Veterans Resource Center is making plans for peer-to-peer mentoring, veteran alumni services and more.
“There are initiatives coming that will significantly excel our impact,” Coleman said.
The 2014 list of nearly 1,880 schools represents the top tier of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools, as certified by Ernst and Young, one of the world’s largest accounting and professional services firms. Now in its fifth year, the Military Friendly Schools list targets brick-and-mortar schools and virtual schools approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding.
The Military Friendly Schools list will be highlighted in Victory Media’s “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.