NKU among America's most military-friendly schools for third straight year

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Wednesday – Sept. 19, 2012

NKU Among America's Most Military-Friendly
Schools for Third Consecutive Year

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky University has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as among America’s most military-friendly schools for the third year in a row. The 2013 Military Friendly School Guide ranks NKU among the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.

“NKU is pleased at our selection once again as a Military Friendly School,” said Dave Merriss, assistant director of veteran services. “Being on this list represents the dedicated hard work of many faculty and staff across our campus and a commitment by the administration to implement the very best educational practices in support our student veterans.”

Merriss especially singled out NKU Veteran Coordinator Maria Reverman for continually going the extra mile to ensure that student veteran VA educational benefits are coordinated, certified and received in a timely manner to the university and our students.

NKU has initiated a number of programs and services aimed at easing the transition of veterans into college. The university’s Veterans for Education and Transition Services group is an active organization that supports veteran students on campus and in the community. It was recently honored with the university’s Merit Award and the SGA Paul Myers Community Service andCommunity Engagement Award.

NKU works with veterans to promote the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows family members of veterans who qualify 100 percent for the Post-9/11 GI Bill to apply for and receive all graduate programs paid in full along with HB 425, which allows non-resident veterans to attend NKU at in-state tuition rates.

Last month, NKU added an annual veterans’ orientation that was led by student veterans. The event was geared toward all new veterans and family members starting college. Students learned how to receive university credits for military experience and were able to discuss their benefits and other financial assistance options. NKU also offers University 101 and Social Work 105 classes aimed toward veterans. These classes help veteran students with the transition and success in academics, employment and social setting.

Earning the distinction of a Military Friendly Institution is based on criteria such as degree and certificate program offerings, university policies, financial and non-financial support, and enrollment data.

G.I. Jobs magazine is a monthly publication that reaches about 75,000. It is distributed amongst military transition classes and military posts and bases around the world. The Guide to Military Friendly Schools helps military officials and veterans in deciding where to attend school.

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