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University of Charleston Awarded Military Friendly Schools Title

Release Date:  Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Charleston, W.Va. - The University of Charleston has been named to the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list, as chosen by Victory Media. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. 

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows University of Charleston’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”  

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served. 

“We are pleased with this recognition of the multiple services we provide to the men and women who are serving our country so well,” said UC President Ed Welch. “Our commitment to them is sincere and we are expanding the learning opportunities we are providing, particularly to those members of the Army and National Guard.”   

Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology is available at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/methodology  

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools  will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. 

The University of Charleston is a small college with a big reputation. Known for its distinctive Learning Your Way curriculum, UC is home to over 1,400 students from 34 countries and 31 states.  Last week, the college reported that this fall’s full-time enrollment is the second highest in the past 40 years.

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