The Top Military Schools List

by Robert Stretch on August 31, 2010

Veterans have a powerful array of new education benefits. Now there’s a simple way to help them find a military friendly school that’s right for them.

GI Jobs magazine recently released its annual list of the nation’s most military friendly schools. The online directory showcases the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are actively embracing veterans as students.

The list takes on even more significance in the wake of the Post 9/11 GI bill, a sweeping piece of legislation that is opening the doors of higher education to thousands more American veterans.

“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher, said in a news release. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

The list features schools that provide all kinds of benefits to student veterans, including course credit for military service, military spouse programs, on-campus veteran programs and many others. GI Jobs surveyed more than 7,000 schools across the country as part of its compilation process.

Colleges have ramped up their efforts to recruit student veterans since the new GI bill passed.

What is the Post-9/11 GI Bill?

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is a government-provided stipend that allows military members to go to school with little to no out-of-pocket expenses.

The stipends cannot be used at vocational and technical schools. Only institutions of higher learning are covered.  Tutoring, licensing and certification test reimbursement are approved under the Post- 9/11 GI Bill.

The bill also provides financial support for books, fees and living expenses.

Why Go to a School on the List?

The schools on the list all have a tendency to recruit students who served in the military.

“Military students bring a high degree of maturity, life experiences, diversity, leadership and worldliness to the classroom,” Dr. Dorothy Bassett, dean Duquesne University’s School of Leadership and Professional Advancement, said in a news release. “Other students and faculty benefit from the different perspectives that service members and veterans bring.”

Institutions on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer students on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and much more.

Educators from a host of colleges and universities, including Carnegie Mellon University, Colorado State University and Dallas County College, helped compile the list. Veterans can see what other members were involved with the formulation of the list at Military Friendly Schools.

Also, if you’re out of school and on the job hunt, check out Military jobs listed on this website.

Photo thanks to InnerSpirit under creative common license on Flickr.

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