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ASU named 'Military Friendly School'

August 18, 2009

Honor places university in top 15 percent of all schools nationwide

Arizona State University has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School for 2010.” The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

ASU is the only public university in Arizona to make the list, compiled from a poll of more than 7,000 schools across the country.

The magazine’s criteria included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, academic accreditations and additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service and military spouse programs, among others.

ASU’s Veterans Services Office helps prospective and enrolled student veterans coordinate their finances and get the support they need through GI Bill funding and the Yellow Ribbon program. ASU’s office also administers the Survivors and Dependents Educational Assistance Program and helps veterans with other issues such as military activation while enrolled in school. ASU’s Veterans Upward Bound Program provides instruction and advising to veterans beginning college, returning to college or pursuing a GED.
The university also participates as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC), a consortium of more than 1,750 colleges and universities providing postsecondary education to members of the military worldwide. Recognizing the unique nature of the military lifestyle, ASU is committed to easing the transfer of relevant course credits earned from regionally accredited schools and offers a portfolio of online and degree completion bachelor’s and master’s degrees suited to the needs of service members.

"This list is especially important because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school," says Rich McCormack, the publisher of G.I. Jobs. "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."

A new Web site – – will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.