NKU named to Military Friendly Schools list fifth consecutive year

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Friday – Oct. 3, 2014

Northern Kentucky University has been awarded the designation of Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. As a 2015 Military Friendly School, NKU is ranked in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are working to embrace military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

This is the fifth consecutive year NKU has received this designation. The Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is a premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

NKU is the only state university in Kentucky that has maintained since 2009 an active Veterans Advocacy committee that provides a collaborative platform from which to review the unique and varied needs of veterans. According to its chairman, Dave Merriss, several of the most popular veteran friendly initiatives such as waiving the admissions application fee for veterans and super priority registration for veterans and family members began directly from the ideas, enthusiasm, and commitment of this committee.

Mr. Merriss gave special thanks to NKU Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Ott Rowlands for her strong support of the university’s most recent initiative granting in-state residency rates for all Kentucky National Guardsmen who use their educational benefits at NKU. 

It is not surprising that veteran and family members are continuing to make NKU their first choice, and today there are more than 500 veterans and family members using their federal or state educational benefits.

NKU President Geoffrey Mearns said the university is committed to assisting veterans and family members in reaching their educational goals. “Veterans and their families are an important part of our campus,” Mr. Mearns said. “We will continue to do all that we can to both assist with their transition to college life and to ensure they have the support and resources they need to succeed here and graduate.”

One demonstration of this commitment was NKU’s fall 2014 opening of the Veterans Resource Station. A Student Success Center initiative, the Veterans Resource Station is the central hub for student veterans and their family members to obtain resources, study, network, and socialize. The station serves as a referral service to on-campus and off-campus resources. Already making a difference, the Veterans Resource Station has made over 1,400 connections for this special population of deserving students. 

The 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools® will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to active and former military personnel this month.

For more information on NKU veteran services visit http://veterans.nku.edu.

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