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MSU Named Military-Friendly School for Eighth Straight Year

Nov 13, 2016

Credit Morehead State University

Morehead State University has for the eighth straight year been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media.

First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is a comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“We are pleased to be recognized as the campus community continues to build on MSU’s tradition of providing the help veterans and their families need to transition from soldier to student and ultimately to college graduate,” said David Litteral, MSU’s director of military initiatives.

“Five years ago, MSU opened the Veterans Resource Center, which assists prospective and current military and student veterans by providing counseling and direction on all educational benefits, enrollment and registration assistance, counseling resources and referrals, academic and career assistance, and provides a place for student veterans to study or relax and reconnect with their fellow student veterans,” added Litteral.

MSU’s Veterans Resource Center was named in honor of Lt. Col. Alan R. Baldwin. A former assistant to the provost, Baldwin joined MSU in 1978 as an assistant professor of military science. After leaving briefly, he returned in 1985 and was named chair of the Department of Military Science. During his tenure, he held numerous titles. He also served on the Morehead City Council for 13 years.

Veterans, National Guardsmen and Reservists, and military families interested in learning more about MSU can get additional information by calling Litteral at 606-783-9267 or email d.litteral@moreheadstate.edu. He can connect military and veteran students with the services made available for them across campus.

Other ways MSU assists our military and veteran students include:

• Application fee waived

• Priority registration

• Credit for military training and service

• No academic penalty upon documented deployment

• Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program

• Student Veteran Association

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and Navy Reserve veteran.

MSU will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.

MSU also has been previously recognized as a military/veteran-friendly university by GI Jobs magazine, Military Advanced Education journal, the Military Times, the U.S. News and World Report and Veterans National Honor Society.

For a complete listing of military-related services, including enrollment, support services and benefits information, visit http://www.moreheadstate.edu/veterans