Military friendly

Monday August 16 2010


Lynchburg College is on the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools compiled by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students.

In 2009, Lynchburg College created a Veterans Award, in conjunction with the Post 9/11 GI Bill, to enable all veterans who meet College admissions requirements to attend tuition-free.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

"To walk out one door and into the other is not natural," said David Smith, a veteran of the Iraq War now studying economics at LC. "I really feel like Lynchburg College has positioned itself to be the veteran-friendly school."

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. Criteria for making the list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students and academic accreditation.

G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide to compile the list. Methodology, criteria, and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, VA's director of education services; Michele Spires, American Council on Education's assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP; and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America.

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster to be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in late September.

The newly redesigned website features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs.