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Journal of Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember

2012 Guide to top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities

Higher Education Spokesman David L. Warren President National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

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December 2011 Volume 6, Issue 10

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Military Advanced Education

December 2011 Volume 6 • Issue 10

Features

Cover / Q&A The Global Marketplace

Nearly all of today’s servicemembers have some sort of global experience—and many of them are beginning to use it to help catapult themselves into a post-service career with international reach. By J.B. Bissell

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The Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides a passageway for qualified enlisted sailors to receive a college education and commission in the United States Navy, is one of the best officer commissioning programs the Navy has to offer. By Walter Bruce Watson Jr. and Cathy Kempf

55 Head of the Class: Excellence in Advising

Education professionals from across the services to share what they consider to be best practices in academic advising. We salute military education professionals and their dedication to our nation’s servicemembers.

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David L. Warren President National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

Departments 2 Editor’s Perspective

2012 Guide to top Military-Friendly

Colleges & Universities

With a record number of submissions, this year’s guide is more comprehensive than ever before. Selected schools have met rigorous criteria informed by education service officers across the services and have truly earned the designation of “military-friendly.”

16/53 Class Notes 64 CCME Grapevine 66 Money Talks

17 Beyond the Iron Triangle: Containing the Cost of College and Student Debt

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Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual Federal Student Aid conference on November 29, 2011, where he discussed the administration’s and higher education institution’s efforts at controlling the rising cost of college and student debt.

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University Corner

Connected for Life

From community service projects to fundraisers to professional networking opportunities, alumni groups are powerful resources for colleges, fellow alumni and current students alike. By Maura McCarthy

68 Michael Jenkins

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When preparing to launch MAE’s 2012 Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, I quickly realized that while I understood the needs of traditional students, I was only vaguely aware of the educational needs of our nation’s servicemembers. Through my conversations with military educators, I learned more about not only the challenges that could deter a servicemember from enrolling or prevent them completing their degree but also about policies institutions could adopt to facilitate a servicemember’s schooling. For a traditional student, in many ways the college “experience” is predetermined. For example, the school where I enrolled would be the school from which I graduated; I would not be reassigned for work. The Maura McCarthy courses I selected each semester would be completed that semester; I Editor would not be deployed nor would my Reserve or National Guard unit be called up. I did not need to jump through hoops to get benefits or financial aid dispersed, nor would I need to get my courses approved in order to receive the aid. In short, I had very few needs but the ones I did have, the institutions met with ease. Meeting the needs of traditional students was not enough for an institution to earn the designation of “military-friendly” from Military Advanced Education. The demands placed on our servicemembers—from work, from their family, from school and from themselves—are significant, and wherever possible institutions should adopt policies that lighten their load. For example, many colleges and universities in this year’s Guide have a liberal withdrawal policy to accommodate deployments or relocations that interrupt a semester. This sends the message to servicemembers that the institution understands the demands placed on them and strives to work with them to support their academic pursuits. Many institutions also reduce or waive fees for servicemembers, another clear signal that the institution values the contribution servicemembers make to the institution and thus are willing to work to earn their enrollment. While these are policies that may never cross a traditional student’s mind—or that of an institution geared toward traditional students—they are prime examples of ways to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of a servicemember’s reality. In the introduction to the Guide I explain in more detail our process, but simply put, institutions who earned the “military-friendly” moniker must have demonstrated that they exceed basic expectations and considerations that matter to traditional students and enact policies that support—academically, personally and financially—military or veteran students.

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NDU Establishes First Combatant Command Academic Chair The North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command, with the National Defense University, recently established the firstever combatant command academic chair at NDU. The NORAD and USNORTHCOM academic chair will provide guidance in the development of new courses, studies, workshops, research, programs and seminars for the commands’ various missions. The chair will represent the commands at meetings and events where a combatant command voice is needed. “NDU provides intellectual capability from many of its centers and colleges for challenging problems at NORAD and USNORTHCOM,” said Dr. Alenka BrownVanHoozer, senior research fellow at NDU’s Center for Technology and National Security Policy and the person who will serve as the chair. “The chair is a venue that NORAD and USNORTHCOM see as a reachback support to their many missions.” The chair will communicate the commands’ priorities and challenges to the university’s colleges and research centers or “think tanks,” who, in turn, reach out to other institutional research centers. “This partnership between the commands and NDU allows us to optimize government research efforts and better use government resources to meet our country’s needs,” Brown-VanHoozer said, “especially during tough economic times.” NDU is considered the premier center for joint professional military education and is under the direction of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The

university is dedicated to providing an educational and research environment to prepare future leaders of the U.S. military, DoD, other U.S. government agencies, and foreign nations for senior-level policy, command and staff responsibilities. Brown-VanHoozer is the program lead for the Human Interoperability Enterprise and the assistant chair for Energy and Environmental Security Policy for CTNSP. She serves as a senior mentor for NORAD and USNORTHCOM in various capacities. She is senior director for Human System Development and part of the Distinguished R&D Staff, detailed to NDU on an Intergovernmental Personnel Assignment from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory of the Department of Energy. Brown-VanHoozer earned a Ph.D. in human factors engineering, a M.S. in electrical engineering, and a B.S. in computer science. NORAD is the bi-national command which conducts aerospace warning, aerospace control and maritime warning in defense of North America. Since September 11, 2001, continental U.S. NORAD Region fighters have responded to more than 3,400 possible air threats in the U.S. and have flown more than 59,000 sorties in support of Operation Noble Eagle. USNORTHCOM is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks to provide homeland defense, defense support of civil authorities, and security cooperation to defend the United States and its interests.

Student Veterans of America Network Grows On Veterans Day, the Student Veterans of America announced that their national network surpassed 500 student veteran organizations, or SVA chapters, on college campuses throughout the nation and overseas. Additionally, SVA has developed into a global network with new chapters at The American University in Paris and The American University in Rome. Since its founding in 2008, SVA has grown from less than 20 chapters to 501 chapters in 49 states and two countries and is on its way to exceeding the expectations of their Clinton Global Initiative commitment of 500 chapters in 50 states, with only Mississippi remaining.

People engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, has been named dean of the Drexel University’s College of Engineering.

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Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, the Karen and John Huff School chair and professor of civil, environmental and materials science

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Fred Siegel, associate vice president of The George Washington Univeresity, has been named vice provost for student and enrollment services and dean of students at Claremont Graduate University.

Gary Woods, former Director of the Department of Defense’s Educational Opportunities, has joined the Trident University International’s Board of Managers. Dr. Rafia Zafar, professor of English, of African and African-American studies, and of American culture studies at the Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named associate dean for diversity and inclusiveness in the graduate school.

president for strategic positioning and chief strategic enrollment and marketing officer at Upper Iowa University.

John F. Latting has been appointed assistant vice provost for Undergraduate Enrollment and dean of Admission at Emory University.

Christine M. Pina, director of major gifts at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., has been named vice president for institutional advancement at the University of Hartford.

Melik Peter Khoury has been named as senior vice

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For-Profit Schools: Experiences of Undercover Students Enrolled in Online Classes at Selected Colleges Once comprised of local, sole-proprietor ownership, the nation’s for- a college collected federal student aid funds after the withdrawal date of any profit institutions now range from small, privately owned schools to publicly of our students (that was not fully refunded immediately). GAO’s students were enrolled in introductory classes, such as Introduction traded corporations. Enrollment in such colleges has grown far faster than to Computer Software and Learning Strategies and Techniques. Courses in traditional higher-education institutions. Moreover, during the 2009-2010 ranged in length from four to 11 weeks, and students took from one to four school year, for-profit colleges received almost $32 billion in grants and courses concurrently. Courses generally consisted of online discussion forum loans provided to students under federal student aid programs, as authorized postings; writing assignments; multiple-choice quizzes and exams; and skills under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. exercises, such as keyboarding tests or computer exercises. Because of interest in the student experience at for-profit colleges, GAO GAO’s students engaged in substandard academic performance by using was asked to conduct undercover testing by enrolling in online classes under one or more of the following tactics: failure to attend class, failure to submit degree-granting programs. To conduct this testing, GAO selected 15 for-profit assignments, submission of objectively incorrect assignments, submission of colleges using a selection process that included the five largest colleges unresponsive assignments, and plagiarism. At six colleges, instructors acted and a random sample and attempted to enroll using fictitious identities. in a manner consistent with school policies in this area, and in some cases Once enrolled, each fictitious student engaged in behaviors consistent with attempted to contact students to provide help outside of class. One or more substandard academic performance. Each fictitious identity enrolled for instructors at two colleges repeatedly noted that the students were submitapproximately one term, as defined by the college. The experience of each ting plagiarized work, but no action was taken to remove the student. One of GAO’s undercover students is unique and cannot be generalized to other or more instructors at the four remaining colleges did not adhere to grading students taking courses offered by the for-profit colleges we tested or to standards. For example, one student submitted photos of celebrities and other for-profit or nonprofit colleges. GAO intended to test colleges that were political figures in lieu of essay question responses but still earned a passing unaware of its true identity. However, there exists a possibility that these colleges identified GAO’s fictitious students and altered their behavior based grade. Three of GAO’s students were expelled for performance or nonattenon the assumption that they were under observation. This report contains dance. Eight of the nine students withdrew from their respective colleges no recommendations. Where applicable, GAO referred information to the without incident. At the remaining school, GAO’s request to withdraw was Department of Education for further investigation. never acknowledged and the student was eventually expelled for nonattenDuring the course of undercover testing, GAO documented its observadance. Three students did not receive federally mandated exit counseling, tions related to enrollment, cost, financial aid, course structure, substandard advising students of repayment options and the consequences of default. student performance, withdrawal and exit counseling. Overall, GAO observed that 8 of the 15 colleges appeared to follow existing policies related to academic dishonesty, exit counseling and course grading standards. At the seven remaining colleges, GAO found mixed results. For example, one or more staff at these colleges appeared to act in conflict with school policies regarding academic dishonesty or course grading standards, or federal regulations pertaining to exit counseling for student loans, while other staff acted consistent The Defense Manpower Data Center announced the launch of two new online with such policies. resources, milConnect and eCorrespondence, that will facilitate DoD beneficiaries’ GAO attempted to enroll its students using fictitious ability to track benefits information including health and education. Additionally, evidence of high school graduation—either a homebeneficiaries can receive information regarding changes in benefits via email. school diploma or a diploma from a closed high school— MilConnect, previously known as mydodbenefits, is available both online and via at all 15 colleges and successfully enrolled in 12. Two a mobile application for an Android phone; it can be accessed by anyone with a declined GAO’s request for enrollment based on insufcommon access card, a Defense Finance and Accounting Services myPay account ficient proof of high school graduation. Another allowed logon, DoD Self Service or DS logon. Information is generated from the Defense GAO’s student to begin class, but rescinded acceptance Enrollment Eligibility System (DEERS) and milConnect users may update DEER after one week, citing lack of high school accreditation. information, transfer education benefits and manage health care enrollment, GAO’s students took 31 classes in total at an average in addition to managing other benefits and personal information. The second cost of $1,287 per class. These cost included such items initiative, eCorrespondence, will replace mailed notifications of benefit changes as tuition, books and technology fees. All 12 students with email notifications, although servicemembers retain the right to opt out of were eligible for federal student aid, but only 10 actually email notifications. received disbursements; the other students were expelled without receiving disbursements. We did not observe that

DoD Launches New Online Resources for Beneficiaries

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Postgraduate work in international affairs or International Commerce and Policy Provides a world of opportunities. By J.B. Bissell MAE Correspondent

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For years, the U.S. Navy used the slogan “Join the Navy, See the World” on recruiting posters and in television advertisements. The promise still rings true, but not just for men and women who enlist in the maritime-focused branch of the military. Indeed, nearly all of today’s servicemembers have some sort of global experience—and many of them are beginning to use it to help catapult themselves into a post-service career with international reach.

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The University of Pittsburgh, on the other “I had a lieutenant colonel who served in the hand, offers a Master of Public and InternaMarine Corps,” remembered Desmond Dinan, protional Affairs (MPIA) that prepares students to be fessor of public policy and director of the International leaders on the world stage, establishing governCommerce and Policy Program at George Mason ing policy or enhancing diplomatic relationships University. “He served abroad and was involved perhaps. For those who like the sound of that, in embassy security, so he had spent considerable but who also have a keen interest in business, time in various countries. He ended up wanting to there’s an MPIA/MBA joint degree track. “Internalearn more about those places and their economic, tional business takes place within a complicated social and cultural situations. When he came back, context of national and international laws, regulahe was looking for a curriculum that wasn’t a traDesmond Dinan tions and organizations,” said John T.S. Keeler, ditional MBA or international relations program. who is a professor and the dean of the Graduate He wanted something that combined elements of School of Public and International Affairs at the University of both and that he felt would give him an edge in moving into the Pittsburgh. Keeler also serves as president of APSIA. “The MPIA private or not-for-profit sector. He found us.” facilitates the efforts of an MBA to navigate and understand the Persuing a degree in an internationally oriented field has governmental context of international business, and there’s an its challenges. Not because there’s a lack of high-quality instiincreasingly felt need for that because the environment is so tutions that offer worldly education; it’s quite the opposite, in complex.” fact. You need look no further than the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs (APSIA) for a collection of colleges and universities that are “dedicated to the improveMind Your Business Focus ment of professional education in international affairs.” No, the challenge isn’t finding an excellent education; it’s For anybody interested in successfully tackdeciding which graduate degree path you’d like to ling those complexities, an education that confollow—and which fits best with your interests. siders not only the business aspects, but also For example, at George Mason, students can earn everything else—government, cultural and social a Master of Arts in international commerce and issues—that goes into operating in countries policy, a curriculum that has learners delving around the world is crucial. “If you look at the equally into both political and economic subject curriculum of business schools, some of them matter en route to positions with international have a concentration or specialization in intercorporations, non-profit entities, or the governnational business,” continued Keeler. “But ment. “It’s a professional degree that has a lot of that doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to appeal for people of all ages and at various stages get many courses in the governmental conJohn T.S. Keeler of their careers,” Dinan said. “For some, it might text of that. Certainly the best business schools be as straightforward as needing a master’s degree provide an element of it, but their focus still tends to progress in their job, but more often than that, it’s finding a to be on business-centric issues.” Karen A. Mingst, the Lockwood degree that’s intellectually interesting and also very practical and Chair professor at the University of Kentucky’s Patterson School of relevant.” Diplomacy and International Commerce, agreed. “Too many MBA

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happening around the world schools don’t emphasize the and are ready to confront an international aspect,” she assortment of complicated said. “Here, that’s exactly questions. “What will the what the emphasis is on.” role of the United States That doesn’t mean be?” Dinan said. “What business fundamentals are will the role of Europe be? neglected. The graduate Will the Euro even survive? program at Kentucky “proWhat will global patterns of vides a solid background trade be? What will global in basic economics,” Minpatterns of investment be gst explained. Still, the Karen A. Mingst in the future? We try to give “emphasis is on the use of our students the analytical tools and skills theory in real world international comnecessary to cope with these changes.” merce problems, such as trade policy and import/export policy and how international commercial policy can be an On The Job Training instrument of a country’s overall foreign policy.” One of the most important things Besides a truly multidisciplinary for soon-to-be students to understand, approach in the classroom that explores especially those who are interested in business, history, culture and government, international commerce and policy, is internships are strongly encouraged so that “many MBA programs tend to teach that students are better prepared to cope business as if it’s conducted in a political, with whatever sorts of changes and chalcultural and social vacuum,” added Dinan. lenges they might face after graduation. “That certainly is not the case.” As a matter of fact, to complete a Master To rectify this, Dinan and his colof Public Policy degree at the University leagues are “very conscious of the need of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of to amalgamate and include more than Public Policy, a 10-week, full-time summer just hard macro and micro economics internship is required. “It allows students and business courses.” Indeed, classes for to apply what they have learned in the first the international commerce and policy year and to build valuable relationships,” program at George Mason run the gamut explained Tom Phillips, associate director from curriculum you’d expect, such as of the school’s Graduate Career Services. the aforementioned economics lessons, to “Twenty-five percent of our students intern lectures you might not, including courses with the federal government in agencies in history, contemporary issues and social such as the Office of Management and influences. “One of our core classes is on Budget, the State Department and the culture, organization and technology,” Government Accountability Office. Dinan said. “Students repeatedly say that Approximately 40 to 45 percent intern it gives them a tremendous background with a domestic or international nonwhen it comes to their work because of its profit, and 5 to 10 percent intern with emphasis on cultural factors, and not just an international organization, such global cultural factors, but organizational as the International Organization for culture.” Migration or Organization for Economic This type of outside-the-box learning Cooperation and Development. Other stuis precisely what makes George Mason dents intern in governors’ offices, mayors’ and other schools that offer similar offices, and at think tanks.” degree programs so appealing. “The reaThis type of on-the-job education is a son people come here is because they vital piece of the University of Pittsburgh’s don’t want to be in traditional business program too, but Keeler also sees it as schools or traditional economic departa necessary—and advantageous—bridge ments,” Dinan explained. “They want to between living the life of a student and be in the public policy school where landing a career. “Employers want to hear other dimensions—be it the cultural, about your practical experience,” he said. social, or political—are incorporated into “We’re told again and again that organiour analysis and understanding of what’s zations in D.C. really like to hear that a happening.” This is imperative, as the student has been involved in a project, a government and corporations need a new research project or consulting assignment, crop of people who understand what’s and taken it from beginning to end.” 8 | MAE 6.10

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another time of profound economic change. Traditionally, we’ve been conditioned to think that everything goes through Europe or the United States. It doesn’t anymore. There’s a lot of what’s called ‘south commerce’ now: Chinese investment in Africa, sales of commodities from Brazil to African countries and then to China. The role of these countries in reshaping the institutional architecture of the global system is truly profound, and I don’t think it’s properly understood in this country.” One thing that is understood is the tremendous impact a soldier can have on classroom discussions when the topic at hand is centered on these sorts of profound international transformations. “The perspective that these students bring to interactions, both in and out of the classroom, especially because they have worked and lived in international settings, A Spectrum of Possibilities Tom Phillips has proven to be extremely valuable to the school and to their classmates,” Phillips said. It works both ways, though. Competing in the job market, of course, is the ultimate goal, “Our students who are civilians, and likely will remain as such, and men and women coming from the military who pursue an benefit enormously by getting exposure to young officers,” Keeinternational affairs and business-related post-graduate degree ler added. “The flip side is I think it’s really good for the officers will discover a wide array of potential employers who are seeking to be exposed to civilian perspectives. Both sides benefit enorcandidates with their combination of education and experience. mously from that, especially in an educational environment.” “People with master of public policy degrees are needed in all In the end, perhaps our global society will be the true benlevels of government, the nonprofit sector and in the private seceficiary. If this type of mutual exchange of ideas and perspector, too,” said Phillips. In other words, there are job opportunitives can positively impact a classroom discussion, and that ties in nearly every professional category. That’s the good news. transitions to a successful internship, which leads to a promThe news that might cause a little anxiety (but also a good deal ising career, then the men and women who started out just of excitement) is that the “future is difficult to predict,” admitted wanting to see the world could be our best bet for positively Keeler. “But we do know that graduates will be dealing with a changing it. O world featuring new economic powers—such as China, India and Brazil. The United States will need all the talent they can muster to retain a competitive edge and address a host of complex security issues that will present challenges for all governmental and corporate leaders.” For more information, contact MAE Editor Maura McCarthy Dinan remembers another time when predicting the future at mauram@kmimediagroup.com or search our online was a bit difficult. “Our program has been around for 20 years, archives for related stories at www.MAE-kmi.com. since the end of the Cold War,” he said, “and here we are at The “from beginning to end” part is the key. Anybody can start an impressive task. Hiring agents are looking for men and women who can finish them. “They’re not even that concerned if the project itself didn’t have much of an international dimension, as long as they have a letter from a supervisor explaining that the student did in fact complete this substantial project,” Keeler continued. New workers are often asked to “assess a problem and show their quantitative skills in analyzing the issue and then present it all in a report,” he said. “So if the company gets a letter saying that the student has been able to do that kind of thing, that gives him or her a real competitive advantage in the job market.”

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STA-21 is an excellent program for sailors looking toward commission By Walter Bruce Watson Jr. and Cathy Kempf The Seaman to Admiral (STA-21) commissioning program, which provides a passageway for qualified enlisted sailors to receive a college education and commission in the United States Navy, is one of the best officer commissioning programs the Navy has to offer, according to Dr. C. Jill Stein, Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program director at Naval Service Training Command’s Officer Development directorate in Pensacola, Fla. “STA-21 pays up to $10,000 per year for college cost such as tuition, books and fees,” said Stein. “All the while, sailors draw their full pay and allowances for their current enlisted pay grade. Under the STA-21 program, sailors have 36 months, including summer semesters, to complete their bachelor’s degree requirements.” There are several options within the STA-21 program toward which prospective candidates can pursue, including pilot, naval 10 | MAE 6.10

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to shorten the time in the program, saving the Navy money while producing top-quality experienced naval officers. In the STA-21 program, as in many competitive selection processes, it is often a candidate’s extra efforts which can result in selection. “With so many great sailors to choose from, selection boards often look for the tie-breakers or the indicators of extra effort, potential and desire; in this regard the STA-21 program is no exception,” Stein said. “As always, performance is the number one criteria. When given the chance to lead, take it. No matter how small the opportunity, step up and lead people, and lead them well. Also attend to your physical as well as your professional preparedness.” Career counselors, officer program coordinators, commanding officers and executive officers should assist applicants by taking time to closely scrutinize packages for correctness and to determine if the applicant really meets the requirements of the applied-for program. Every year, approximately one-third of STA-21 program applications are determined to be not-qualified for one reason or another—the top three reasons being: no SAT/ACT scores, the applicant did not qualify for the STA-21 program or the program-option applied for, or the application lacked a mandatory document. After careful scrutiny, if either the command or the applicant is still unsure if the program requirements are met or not, they can contact the STA-21 program office by email at: pnsc_sta21@navy.mil or they can call 850-4529563, DSN: 922-9563. Office personnel can answer all questions and explain if a specific requirement can be waived. The STA-21 program requires a minimum SAT score of 500 critical reading and 500 math, or an ACT score of 20 English and 21 math for eligibility. The single exception to this is the nuclear option, where the minimums are a composite SAT score of 1,140 or a composite ACT score of 30. These requirements cannot be waived. The score for any test taken within three years of application is acceptable. Because of the delay between testing and score release, it is strongly recommended that sailors take the requisite tests early. By doing so, sailors will determine if they meet the minimum requirements before investing their time in putting a package together. If a sailor does not meet minimum requirements the first time they test, they can take the test again. Sailors having been away from an educational environment for an extended time or not testing well on an initial attempt should consider taking an SAT or ACT test preparation course. Having some college-level courses completed can significantly impact sailors involved in a program allowing participants 36 months to complete a bachelor’s degree. For those students who may not have been strong high school scholars or in pre-service attempts at higher education, attending college courses while in an off-duty status and establishing a track record of continued interest in furthering an education can positively impact a sailor’s eligibility for the program. Prospective candidates should also ensure they take the right college courses. Calculus and physics are requirements for almost all STA-21 program options, and having successfully completed these before entering the program is significant. If sailors pursue college off duty, whether in preparation for STA-21 or not, they should have a degree plan. A review of transcripts indicates that many sailors take college courses in a random, unorganized fashion, and many applicants are pursuing a particular degree but have not taken any courses in support of that degree. Sailors should have a purpose and a goal in their pursuit of a college degree, and they should be counseled by Navy Campus and their career counselors along these lines. www.MAE-kmi.com

As part of the STA-21 program application sailors must submit a personal statement, something which represents that candidate’s best opportunity during the STA-21 application process to tell the Navy why they think they should be selected for the program, and what they expect to do with the opportunity if selected. A sailor’s personal statement should provide specific, substantive comments on why they want to be a Navy officer and why they chose the particular officer career, and also demonstrate an understanding of the requirements of the chosen career field and a sense of what they can do for the Navy if selected for the program. The most accurate STA-21 program information, including full details of the program, specifics for each of the program options and the online application can be found on the STA-21 website at www. sta-21.navy.mil/. Additionally, OPNAVINST 1420.1B (Chap. 8) and associated NAVADMIN messages provide the directive guidance for the program. For more news from Naval Service Training Command, visit www.navy.mil/local/greatlakes/. O Watson and Kempf are staff members at the Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs.

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Military education professionals share their experiences in how they help servicemembers make the most of their education.

Military Advanced Education invited education professionals from across the services to share what they consider to be best practices in academic advising. We salute military education professionals and their dedication to our nation’s servicemembers.

Senior Chief Michael Jensen U.S. Coast Guard Officer in Charge, Station Ponce de Leon, New Smyrna Beach, Fla.

Many adults are finding it easier to go back to school these days, as access to education has become much easier with many classes and degree plans being offered online. No longer do folks need to live near a school; while trying to balance work, along with family, schooling can now be done on their terms. To say online degree plans have opened up a new frontier in learning would be an understatement, but even with the availability and easy access to college programs many members of the military do not take advantage of them. Family obligations, deployments and personal insecurities may be some of the reasons we don’t see more people taking advantage of these programs; let’s face it, getting your degree is a major commitment and quite frankly it can be very intimidating. As a leader in today’s military, however, I feel we have an inherent responsibility to teach our junior folks what opportunities are available to them. The old saying about leading a horse to water certainly applies to voluntary education. An intrusive leader, however, will take it a step further and not only lead the horse to water but compel the horse to drink the water. Sometimes simply introducing programs and the benefits derived from them are simply not enough to receive buy in, naturally they’re skeptical. So the question is, how does one go about creating a program that not only introduces opportunities to members but pushes them to 12 | MAE 6.10

actually take advantage of them. I certainly don’t possess a winning formula for this question, however, there are a few key areas that I found will help foster a climate of learning and professional growth. First, bring the learning to the unit. There are many colleges today that will send professors to the unit instead of the students going to the professors. Adjust the schedule. I know there will be many skeptics with this one but trust me, when folks see you are willing to compromise for their benefit they will make up for the hours spent in the classroom by pulling a little harder and working a little longer. This also frees up folks to spend time with their families instead of sitting in a classroom at night or during the weekend. We ask so much of our folks I don’t feel it’s too much to give them a few hours a week for classes. Join in the learning. Even if you have completed your degree, get in there and take a class or two, your folks will love it. To have their supervisor, officer in charge, or even their commanding officer in there with them and sometimes learning from them goes a long way, which leads me to my next point. Put your insecurities aside. I have always been poor at math; in fact, it stood in my way of completing my degree. However, with the help from the folks at my unit I got through it! If you have insecurities lose them. It’s our job as leaders to put our people above ourselves; if that means sometimes learning from them, that’s okay. www.MAE-kmi.com


Be prepared for disappointments. In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “It is better to trust and occasionally be disappointed than to mistrust and be miserable all the time.” Trust begets trust, yours begets theirs. Be brave enough to trust and it will be returned. If you open the doors to opportunities not all will choose to walk through, some will walk through and disappoint

you, but you will find the majority of your folks will succeed. Their personal success will make them pull a little extra when the need arises because they know you have allowed them to grow beyond their own expectations, and developing the people at your unit both professionally and personally will create a more cohesive unit that will then exceed your expectations.

Major Scott Loring National Guard Bureau Education Services Officer

As a former Army National Guard education services officer, I did a great deal of academic advising. Our soldiers have a number of wonderful resources to help them pursue their education, but making sense of them can be challenging. Although I never received a great deal of training on education advising, I quickly realized that I was sitting on a gold mine of information and that people would expect me to know everything about ... well, education. After all, I was the education services officer. I was fortunate in one sense—I had used nearly all of the benefits myself in my own education pursuit. No one had to convince me of the importance of the benefits, I was a believer. I knew exactly what it meant to

me and to my family. I had lived in a world of closed doors ... closed because of one thing—I didn’t have a college degree. Without the benefits available to me through the Army National Guard, I might never have been able to get my degree. When I talked to kids about their education, I knew from personal experience just how much it was worth. It was easy for me to be passionate about education. Passion and experience are great, but at some point you actually have to know what you’re talking about. So, I set out to become as knowledgeable as I could be, not only about our great education benefits but about education in general. Kids who came to me were looking for more than just information about their benefits; they were looking for advice—advice on perhaps one of

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the most important decisions in their lives. I became an expert in the college process and how to work through the maze of post-secondary education. Helping kids to discover what it was they wanted to do and how to get there became my passion. I was able to point them in certain directions based on what it was that they wanted to do. And if they didn’t know or weren’t sure, I could help them by providing interest and skill surveys that could be useful predictive tools to at least get them started. It had worked for me. As a high school graduate who had never picked up a hammer in my life, I took an interest survey and it predicted that I might enjoy a career as a carpenter. After some three decades in the trade, I saw just how right that tool had been. Once the young men and women had an idea of what they wanted to study, I could then point them to specific programs that might help them to accomplish their dreams. Once they had chosen a program at a specific school, I could then help them find ways to pay for their dreams, often

Lieutenant Commander Leroy Smith Center for Personal and Professional Development’s Navy Voluntary Education Program Manager

The Navy’s Voluntary Education (VOLED) program is committed to providing academic support to sailors pursuing a technical or college degree, regardless of their location or duty station. This commitment reflects the mission of its parent command, the Center for Personal and Professional Development (CPPD), whose mission is to serve sailors and make them better. To support this mission, Navy College Office (NCO) education specialists and technicians located globally in 36 locations provide education counseling, and testing and briefing services to sailors—enlisted and officer—wherever they are assigned. Working closely with representatives from academic institutions, NCOs ensure degree programs are of the highest quality, whether delivered through traditional or distance-learning methods, and give due consideration and credit for military training and experience. NCO staffs are education professionals who take seriously their responsibility to help guide sailors in achieving their education goals. Each month, NCOs provide several hundred sailors one-on-one information about VOLED programs such as tuition assistance, degree planning, GI Bill benefits, College Level Examination Program testing, distance-learning testing, Navy College Program for Afloat College Education briefings and needs assessments. CPPD’s commanding officer annually recognizes the teamwork and accomplishments of NCOs with small, medium and large staffs. The 2010 winners, NCOs Corpus Christi, Texas; Bremerton, Wash.; and Coronado, Calif., were recognized for their hard work to improve the Navy’s VOLED program through the best practices of improving efficiency, leveraging technology, and tailoring services to meet customer needs. “The work of our NCO staffs is critical to sailors’ ability to reach their higher education goals,” said CPPD Commanding Officer Captain Chuck Hollingsworth. “The best NCOs in 2010 are stellar examples of the level of commitment our education technicians and counselors have to helping sailors succeed.” NCO Corpus Christi’s small staff of two provides outreach services to sailors throughout Texas and those deployed overseas on temporary assignments. They volunteered to test upgrades to the Navy College 14 | MAE 6.10

finding ways for them to get their undergraduate degree for little to no cost. Understanding how education is funded became a very valuable skill and I was able to help them maximize their benefits, find appropriate scholarships or grants and, if necessary, make wise choices about student loans to help them pay for college. I can’t overemphasize the importance that relationships had in becoming a skilled academic adviser. One person rarely can know all the information needed in every situation. Finding those key players at schools or within the organization or with various related organizations was critically important to being able to give just the right advice in each unique situation. Like snowflakes, no two students’ education paths are ever completely identical. Their paths are, like each of them, perfectly unique. Being able to have a network of academic and financial advisers to go to for answers meant that I was much more likely to be able to help each individual in the way that they needed help.

Gilbert Williams Navy College Office Site Director, Bremerton, Wash.

Management Information System, which is a database used to track all academic notes, counseling sessions, etc., of sailors participating in Navy VOLED. Test results were used to measure the system’s efficiency in determining the amount of resources and effort required to serve customers. This testing ensured the effectiveness of system enhancements being used by all NCOs. The medium staff of four at NCO Bremerton serves more than 10,000 sailors and supports 15 commands and ships. This office actively employs social media to market education services and increase sailor participation in VOLED through Facebook and Twitter posts that promote NCO Bremerton’s services. Coupled with regular information provided to area Navy public affairs offices, their efforts result in comprehensive information flowing through numerous communication channels to military active, retired and family members throughout the region. The large NCO at Coronado, with a staff of eight, provides education services to approximately 75 commands. In addition to its regular responsibilities, this staff has developed test preparation and academic skills workshops that are helping sailors improve their probability of success in college classes and scores on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery. These three staffs are examples of NCO best practices that improve efficiency, leverage technology and tailor services to meet the needs of sailors pursuing higher education. They represent all Navy College employees who support the Navy mission as well as the mission of the CPPD—to serve sailors and make them better. O

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Virginia Tech to Merge Engineering, Science and Ethics Two Virginia Tech researchers from the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, who previously collaborated on studies involving lead contamination in water, are now co-developing an interdisciplinary graduate engineering and science ethics course. A $350,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will create a four-part ethics program based on a 2010 pilot course jointly developed by Marc Edwards, the Charles Lunsford Professor of Civil Engineering and a MacArthur Fellow, and Yanna Lambrinidou, an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Virginia Tech’s National Capital Region campus, near Washington, D.C. The course emphasizes the importance of seeking out and listening to the concerns of diverse stakeholders as a “best practice” for engineers and scientists. In the class, Edwards and Lambrinidou taught an ethos of public engagement and care that emphasized the notion that engineers and scientists must first and foremost protect public welfare. The National Science Foundation grant will support development of four student-led, freestanding multimedia teaching modules to

be disseminated to other graduate schools throughout the United States and beyond. “If engineers and scientists of the 21st century are to expand their traditional responsibility of problem-solving to include problem-defining, they must have the skills to work collaboratively with the public,” said Lambrinidou. Added Edwards, “Engineers and scientists who become alienated from the public are much more vulnerable to self-interest, self-delusion and institutional pressures that can contribute to unethical conduct and harmful decisions.” The College of Engineering at Virginia Tech is internationally recognized for its excellence in 14 engineering disciplines and computer science. The college’s 6,000 undergraduates benefit from an innovative curriculum that provides a “hands-on, minds-on” approach to engineering education, complementing classroom instruction with two unique design-and-build facilities and a strong cooperative education program. With more than 50 research centers and numerous laboratories, the college offers its 2,000 graduate students opportunities in advanced fields of study such as biomedical engineering, state-of-the-art microelectronics, and nanotechnology.

GW to Offer Master of Professional Studies in Public Leadership The George Washington University College of Professional Studies (CPS) will offer a new master’s degree program focusing on multi-sector management. The 39-credit Master of Professional Studies in public leadership program is designed for federal, state and municipal government managers as well as persons who lead and manage nonprofit organizations. It combines an academic grounding in public administration theory and best practices with a practical emphasis on results-based management and organizational performance improvement. Applications are now being accepted for the May 2012 session. “Applied cross-disciplinary graduate programs such as this allow working professionals a way to improve their

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schedules while creating opportunities to expand professional networks among fellow cohort members and government leaders. Participants will also be able to earn a Green Belt Certification in Lean Six Sigma Organizational Performance Improvement with the option of earning a Black Belt certification, a highly-respected credential in the arena of organizational improvement. The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership develops public leaders who make a positive difference in their organizations and for the people they serve. It offers a variety of openenrollment and customized leadership development and public management programs. These programs have served more than 2,000 federal and local government leaders.

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities

When the MAE team began this endeavor months ago, our number one priority was that we evaluate schools in light of the unique needs of soldier and veteran students. In this effort, we sought the expertise of ESOs across the services for their guidance and comprehensive understanding of what constitutes a truly military-friendly institution. To the military education professionals who assisted us in formulating our submission questionnaire, MAE thanks you. As the new editor of MAE, I personally would like to thank those of you who spent time explaining the intricacies of ACE credits, for example, and discussing the needs of the military education community in general. You have all helped ensure that MAE’s 2012 Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities is one that is inspired by a true understanding of our servicemembers’ needs and promotes the interests of our servicemembers. Thanks to you we are confident that we can stand behind our Guide to Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities as a resource designed for our nation’s servicemembers and informed by those in the best position to assist them in their academic pursuits. A few words on our process. Any higher education institution that wished to be considered for the Guide filled out a submission questionnaire, which was then evaluated by our judging panel. It is important to note that we could only evaluate the information that was provided; the onus for disclosure was on the institution. Also, if an institution isn’t listed it does not necessarily mean they are unfriendly toward military students; it may be because they did not submit an application. If an institution is described as offering “none,” it means that of the questions we asked pertaining to that category of support, the institution responded that they did not provide the specific services we highlighted. It does not mean that they fail to offer service across the board. Most institutions offer more support services than we list since we can only present a finite amount of information in our printed Guide. For more details on an institution’s policies, I encourage you to explore our searchable database on MAE’s website. Also on the site is our submission form so that you can learn more about the questions we posed to institutions. All institutions were judged based on the same criteria; we did not judge private, public, forprofit, not-for-profit, four-year or two-year colleges separately. This decision was based on a belief that regardless of size or degrees granted there are efforts that any institution can make to better serve those who have served the nation. In this sense, I am sincerely impressed by the initiatives of some schools that choose—because it is a choice—to enact academic, support and financial aid policies that favor our servicemembers and facilitate their educational pursuits. For schools who submitted but were not selected for the Guide, I hope that institutions included here can serve as examples of what the education field can do to better support the educational pursuits of servicemembers. There is always room for improvement—including in this Guide—and I believe that we can all do more to ensure that servicemembers receive the support they deserve. Please remember that this Guide is a resource and not a comprehensive ruling on all schools; it should be used in conjunction with professional military education counselors available to you. I urge you to be active participants in your education and informed consumers of your degree. A degree is a significant investment but one that will pay dividends if selected wisely and pursued with a seriousness of purpose.

DL=Distance Learning NP=Not Provided SOC=Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Veterans Org=Veterans Organization

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Abraham Lincoln University Los Angeles, Calif. www.alu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: Classes begin January 2012 Graduate Enrollment: NP Faculty to Student Ratio: 7:288 (Law School) Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Albany State University Albany, Ga. www.asurams.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,166 Graduate Enrollment: 487 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicate admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Allen County Community College Iola, Kan. www.allencc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,898 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Allied American University

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Laguna Hills, Calif. www.allied.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,158 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: award ACE credit, for military training, accept transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discount for dependents

Springfield, Mass. www.aic.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,684 Graduate Enrollment: 1,810 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: None

Aurora, Colo. www.americansentinel.edu/ Undergrad Enrollment: 1,535 Graduate Enrollment: 791 Faculty to Student Ratio: Nursing programs about 1:20, IT & Business about 1:5 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/ reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

American College of Healthcare Sciences Portland, Ore. www.achs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 560 Graduate Enrollment: 160 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:10 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, master’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discount for dependents

American InterContinental University Hoffman Estates, Ill. www.aiuniv.edu/about-aiu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 0 Graduate Enrollment: 4,400 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discount for dependents

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Anne Arundel Community College Undergrad Enrollment: 73,953 Graduate Enrollment: 22,847 Faculty to Student Ration: 1:60 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved American Military University (AMU) is a leading provider of relevant and affordable distance learning to more than 100,000 working adults worldwide. AMU offers 87 associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in disciplines related to education, technology, business administration, liberal arts, national security, military studies, intelligence, homeland security and criminal justice. AMU is regionally accredited and is one of the nation’s largest providers of higher education to the armed forces.

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Arnold, Md. www.aacc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,941 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Anthem College Phoenix, Ariz. www.anthem.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,800 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Arcadia University Glenside, Pa. www.arcadia.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,190 Graduate Enrollment: 1,842 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Argosy University Phoenix, Ariz. www.argosy.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 9,716 Graduate Enrollment: 15,501 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:10 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Arkansas State University-Main Campus Jonesboro, Ark. www.astate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,126 Graduate Enrollment: 3,794 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities The Art Institute of Houston Houston, Texas www.artinstitutes.edu/houston Undergrad Enrollment: 2,281 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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The Art Institute of Pittsburgh & The Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division Pittsburgh, Pa. www.artinstitutes.edu/pittsburgh Undergrad Enrollment: 1,451 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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The Art Institute of Seattle Seattle, Wash. www.artinstitutes.edu/seattle Undergrad Enrollment: 3,500 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Ashford University Clinton, Iowa http://military.ashford.edu/mae Doug Barling Senior Director of Military Relations doug.barling@ashford.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 57,254 Graduate Enrollment: 5,842 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:94 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Ashford University’s accelerated online degree programs enable military members to study from anywhere in the world. A specialized military division provides students support as they earn their associate, bachelor’s, or master’s degree at home or abroad. Ashford University is recognized by Quality Matters for the quality of its online courses. Ashford’s Military Grant covers undergraduate tuition over $250 per credit for those eligible, and learning materials for all required courses are provided.

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Asnuntuck Community College Enfield, Conn. www.acc.commnet.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,722 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Aspen University Denver, Colo. www.aspen.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 162 Graduate Enrollment: 1,196 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1-15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Augusta State University Ashworth College Norcross, Ga. www.ashworthcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,563 Graduate Enrollment: 165 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Augusta, Ga. www.aug.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,797 Graduate Enrollment: 1,122 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Averett University Danville, Va. www.averett.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,794 Graduate Enrollment: 774 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14

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Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Baker University Overland Park, Kan. www.bakeru.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,196 Graduate Enrollment: 1,661 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Barry University Miami Shores, Fla. www.barry.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,940 Graduate Enrollment: 4,055 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Barstow Community College Barstow, Calif. www.barstow.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,483 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:26 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Bellevue University Bellevue, Neb. www.bellevue.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,245 Graduate Enrollment: 3,162 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: None

Berkeley College New York, N.Y. www.berkeleycollege.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 8,100 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Bismarck State College Bismarck, N.D. www.bismarckstate.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 4,200 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Blue Ridge Community College Weyers Cave, Va. www.brcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,900 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: none

Boise State University Boise, Idaho www.boisestate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 39,281 Graduate Enrollment: 7,573 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Brandman University Irvine, Calif. www.brandman.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,246 Graduate Enrollment: 5,658 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Brighton College Scottsdale, Ariz. www.brightoncollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 120 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hours within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Bristol Community College Fall River, Mass. www.bristolcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,211 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:9 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

Broadview University West Jordan, Utah www.broadviewuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,904 Graduate Enrollment: 370 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/ reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Brown Mackie Colleges Cincinnati, Ohio www.brownmackie.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 19,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national, regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy

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Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Burlington College Burlington, Vt. www.burlington.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 192 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:5 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: None

California Miramar University San Diego, Calif. www.calmu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 198 Graduate Enrollment: 670 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

California Southern University Irvine, Calif. www.calsouthern.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 430 Graduate Enrollment: 980 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hours within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities California State University, Chico

California University of Pennsylvania

Chico, Calif. www.csuchico.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,000 Graduate Enrollment: 500 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

California, Pa. www.calu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,484 Graduate Enrollment: 2,068 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

California State University, San Bernardino San Bernadino, Calif. www.csusb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,680 Graduate Enrollment: 2,720 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

California State University, Stanislaus Turlock, Calif. www.csustan.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,972 Graduate Enrollment: 1,333 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Cambridge College Cambridge, Mass. www.cambridgecollege.edu Jeri Clay jeri.clay@cambridgecollege.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 1,320 Graduate Enrollment: 3,197 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents Cambridge College is a militaryfriendly institution offering bachelor’s, master’s and certificate programs scheduled for active-duty military, veterans and their families. Our Chesapeake campus is a Yellow Ribbon Program Participant. The college does not charge out-of-state tuition to our military members or their families. Our admissions staff is trained to work with military students and is well-versed in processing veterans’ benefits and our expert faculties understand your needs.

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Cameron University Lawton, Okla. www.cameron.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,860 Graduate Enrollment: 470 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Capella University Minneapolis, Minn. www.capella.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,000 Graduate Enrollment: 30,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, doctorate

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credit, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces fee for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Capitol College Laurel, Md. www.capitol-college.edu Anthony Miller Director of Graduate Admissions military@capitol-college.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 347 Graduate Enrollment: 430 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Academics: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: None Originating as a radio engineering institute offering courses for the Navy in 1927, Capitol has a long, proud history of educating active and former members of the armed forces. Capitol College provides active-duty military and veterans with affordable, accessible and innovative, career-focused degree programs in engineering, computer science, information technology, cybersecurity and business. Programs are available on-campus and online. We are member of SOC as well as an educational partner with the Maryland National Guard.

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Cardinal Stritch University Milwaukee, Wis. www.stritch.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,000 Graduate Enrollment: 4,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

The Catholic University of America Washington D.C. www.cua.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,573 Graduate Enrollment: 3,394 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:9 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: none

Central Lakes College

Central Texas College

Brainerd, Minn. www.clcmn.edu Undergrad enrollment: 6,244 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:34 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Killeen, Texas www.ctcd.edu Kimberley Christian Director of Enrollment Marketing & Outreach kchristian@ctcd.edu

Central Michigan University Mt. Pleasant, Mich. www.cel.cmich.edu Jim Broestl Assistant Director of Marketing for US Programs jim.broestl@cmich.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,952 Graduate Enrollment: 7,918 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare In 1971, Central Michigan University began its off-campus programs to serve the needs of military personnel. We continue this tradition today with a military tuition discounted rate and a caring environment for all of our military students, their spouses and dependents. Several members of our staff who deal directly with military students are retired military. Over 150 flag officers from all branches of the military have advanced their careers with a degree from CMU.

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Undergrad Enrollment: 60,163 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: dedicated awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare Central Texas College has more than 40 years experience working with military personnel, and our history and commitment to the military translates into unique support our students. We guarantee maximum credit for military education and training and offer flexibility through more than 100 locations worldwide and monthly online start dates. Our site representatives and online mentors work with students to build a degree plan that’s right for them.

Chaffey Community College Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. www.chaffey.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,733 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Chaminade University of Honolulu Honolulu, Hawaii www.chaminade.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,200 Graduate Enrollment: 4,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional

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Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: dedicated awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Charter Oak State College New Britain, Conn. www.charteroak.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,800 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Christian Brothers University Memphis, Tenn. www.cbu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,406 Graduate Enrollment: 325 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

City College of San Francisco San Francisco, Calif. www.ccsf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 50,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: national, regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, offers DL

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The City University of New York (CUNY) New York, N.Y. www.cuny.edu/veterans Undergrad Enrollment: 2,800 Graduate Enrollment: 200 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:35 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies New York, N.Y. http://cunyba.gc.cuny.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 500 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

City University of Seattle Bellevue, Wash. www.cityu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,848 Graduate Enrollment: 3,008 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:6 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Clarion University of Pennsylvania Clarion, Pa. www.clarion.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,106 Graduate Enrollment: 2,189 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, withdrawal policy

Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Coastal Bend College Beeville, Texas www.coastalbend.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,979 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Coastline Community College

Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Coastline is a regionally accredited California community college and has been providing quality education to students around the world since its founding in 1976. A leader in instructional design and military education services, Coastline offers associate degrees and certificate programs designed to meet the unique and diverse needs of the military community, including active duty, veterans, dependents and DoD civilians. Programs and services are delivered using best practices as detailed by Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges.

Cochise College

Fountain Valley, Calif. http://military.coastline.edu Jennifer De La Rosa Military Program Coordinator jdelarosa@coastline.edu

Douglas, Ariz. www.cochise.edu Jeffrey J. Walker Director, Cochise College Fort Huachuca Center walkerjeff@cochise.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 37,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:38 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL

Undergrad Enrollment: 16,521 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL

COCHISE COLLEGE - ON CAMPUS OR ONLINE. Finish your associate degree in Intelligence Operations. Start your education in Administration of Justice. Earn a transferable associate degree in economics, political science, business, CIS or general studies. Choose from a wide variety of general education offerings. We’ve got the tools to help you succeed.You bring the passion. Enroll for classes at Cochise College and take the next step toward your future.

• Named a Military Friendly School by GI Jobs and Military Advanced Education publications • Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and GoArmyEd. • Approved for MYCCA (Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts) • Maximum credit for military training, transfer credits, CLEP & DSST exams

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved Cochise College employs 36 personnel who teach, counsel, provide financial aid services, register and offer testing services on Fort Huachuca campus. Our personnel are comprised of former Army, Navy and Air Force retirees and veterans who provide invaluable experience and insight to current and prospective students. We offer a variety of general education and degree specific classes during lunch, evenings and weekends in a concerted effort to enable our customers to meet their educational needs.

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College of Lake County Grayslake, Ill. www.clcillinois.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,602 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Va. www.wm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,898 Graduate Enrollment: 2,102 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Collin College McKinney, Texas www.collin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 40,930 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Colorado State University-Global Campus Greenwood Village, Colo. www.csuglobal.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,528 Graduate Enrollment: 1,047 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Colorado State University-Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. www.colostate-pueblo.edu Michelle Wesolowski Site Manager michelle.wesolowski@colostatepueble.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,000 Graduate Enrollment: 174 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy

Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare Colorado State University-Pueblo in Colorado Springs has been a strong supporter of our military and their families for over 40 years. We offer bachelor’s and master’s degree programs along with our independent study/correspondence based classes. Active duty military and family members receive in-state tuition and we also accept tuition assistance, veterans benefits and GI benefits. A complete listing of courses is available at any Colorado Springs office, Pueblo campus or online.

Colorado Technical University Colorado Springs, Colo. www.coloradotech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,400 Graduate Enrollment: 3,900 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:29 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Columbia College Columbia, Mo. www.ccis.edu Crystal Aulbur Marketing Coordinator claulbur@ccis.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 29,225 Graduate Enrollment: 1,418 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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Columbia College is a military-friendly institution and it shows. Columbia College accepts transfer credit from Coast Guard Institute, CCAF, SMART, AARTS and other non-traditional forms of credit. In addition, the college offers institutional scholarships and grants for servicemembers, their spouses and family members. Columbia College is a Yellow Ribbon Program participant and is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) network. Plus, courses of study are Veterans Administration (VA) approved.

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Columbia Southern University Orange Beach, Ala. www.columbiasouthern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 24,593 Graduate Enrollment: 7,615 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:50 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, Md. www.ccbcmd.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 33,169 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Community College of Philadelphia Philadelphia, Pa. www.ccp.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 39,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate

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Concord University Athens, W.Va. www.concord.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,822 Graduate Enrollment: 426 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/reduces fees for military

Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependants, on-campus childcare

Copiah-Lincoln Community College Wesson, Miss. www.colin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,506 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Craven Community College New Bern, N.C. www.cravencc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,507 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces fees for military, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduced fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Daemen College Amherst, N.Y. www.daemen.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,095 Graduate Enrollment: 863 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15

Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Dakota County Technical College Rosemount, Minn. www.dctc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,916 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions

You receive it on graduation day. But it’s never handed to you. Because when it’s a degree from Columbia College, it’s a degree that demands effort and rewards hard work. That’s a notion our students at 18 campuses on military bases truly understand.

Offering Associate, Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees. Online. On campus. Or both. (877) 999-9876 • GoForGreater.org Columbia College, a regionally accredited institution founded in 1851, is a charter member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and a member of the SOC Degree Network System.

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Darton College Albany, Ga. www.darton.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,900 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Davis & Elkins College Elkins, W.Va. www.dewv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 750 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: None

Del Mar College Corpus Christi, Texas www.delmar.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,236 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

DeVry University Downers Grove, Ill. www.devry.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 81,393 Graduate Enrollment: 23,782 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Duquesne University School of Leadership and Professional Advancement Pittsburgh, Pa. www.duq.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,858 Graduate Enrollment: 3,804 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Eastern Connecticut State University Willimantic, Conn. www.easternct.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,900 Graduate Enrollment: 300 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

Eastern Kentucky University

Edgecombe Community College

Richmond, Ky. www.va.eku.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,396 Graduate Enrollment: 2,171 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Tarboro, N.C. www.edgecombe.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,054 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:180 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

Ecotech Institute Denver, Colo. www.ecotechinstitute.com Undergrad Enrollment: 300 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, certificates Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

ECPI University Virginia Beach, Va. www.ecpi.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 11,620 Graduate Enrollment: 12 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Daytona Beach, Fla. www.erau.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4, 496 Graduate Enrollment: 593 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: None

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Prescott, Ariz. www.prescott.erau.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,710 Graduate Enrollment: 50 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: None

Empire State College, SUNY Saratoga Springs, N.Y. www.esc.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 18,656 Graduate Enrollment: 1,128 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s

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Erie Community College Buffalo, N.Y. www.ecc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,170 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Everest University Online Tampa, Fla. www.everestonline.edu Tamika Bass Division Director of Military Development everestmilitary@cci.edu

is all you need to stay connected to your schedule and on track with your education. You can earn an associate degree, a bachelor’s, or your master’s completely online. Everest University Online has a dedicated military affairs division that is—like you—on call, every hour of every day. And we can help you get started on your college education whenever you’re ready.

See our ad on the back cover Undergrad Enrollment: 25,000 Graduate Enrollment: 800 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Everest University Online classes are web-based; as you travel, the internet

Excelsior College Albany, N.Y. www.excelsior.edu Susan Dewan Executive Director, Center for Military Education sdewan@excelsior.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 29,486 Graduate Enrollment: 1,477 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Excelsior College is a CCME Institutional Award recipient for advancing the cause of military education and offers 40 degree programs in business, health sciences, nursing, liberal arts and technology. Students maximize credits from military training, college courses and examinations including Excelsior College Examinations funded by DANTES. A SOC institution, Excelsior College helps servicemembers achieve their educational goals. Excelsior is dedicated to serving the needs of the military with proven student success.

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Farmingdale State College Farmingdale, N.Y. www.farmingdale.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,846 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Fayetteville Technical Community College Fayetteville, N.C. www.faytechcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,420 Graduate Enrollment: 1,407 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Ferris State University Big Rapids, Mich. www.ferris.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,134 Graduate Enrollment: 1,247 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Florida National College Hialeah, Fla. http://military.fnc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Florida State College at Jacksonville Jacksonville, Fla. www.fscj.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 80,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Fordham University Bronx, N.Y. www.fordham.edu/vets Undergrad Enrollment: 8,220 Graduate Enrollment: 6,938 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national, regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: None

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Georgia Highlands College

Hays, Kan. www.fhsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,391 Graduate Enrollment: 2,586 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:27 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Rome, Ga. www.highlands.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,227 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate Academics: offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Fort Valley State University Fort Valley, Ga. www.fvsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,565 Graduate Enrollment: 217 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Fresno City College Fresno, Calif. www.fresnocitycollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:28 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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Georgia Southern University Statesboro, Ga. www.georgiasouthern.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,044 Graduate Enrollment: 2,647 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Globe University Woodbury, Minn. www.globeuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,904 Graduate Enrollment: 370 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Golf Academy of America San Diego, Calif. www.golfacademy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,100 Graduate Enrollment: 0

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Goodwin College East Hartford, Conn. www.goodwin.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,864 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Governors State University University Park, Ill. www.govst.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,000 Graduate Enrollment: 2,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Grand Valley State University Allendale, Mich. www.gvsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,986 Graduate Enrollment: 3,555 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Grantham University Kansas City, Mo. www.grantham.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,052 Graduate Enrollment: 1,638 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1-33 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: My CAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Hawai’i Pacific University Honolulu, Hawaii www.hpu.edu/military Celina L. Barrios Director of Marketing and Recruiting, Military Campus Programs cbarrios@hpu.edu

Graduate School Washington, D.C. www.graduateschool.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,700 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:9 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: none

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Undergrad Enrollment: 7,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,300 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy

Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents The Council of College and Military Educators selected HPU for the 2010 Institution Award. HPU is committed to providing our military community a high quality education and maintains full service offices on all major military installations on the island of O‘ahu. Four online advisers serve students located throughout the world. With over 35 percent of the students being affiliated with the military, HPU is in the support of voluntary off-duty education to the armed forces.

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Henley-Putnam University San Jose, Calif. www.henley-putnam.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 324 Graduate Enrollment: 289 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:7 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Humboldt State University Arcata, Calif. www.humboldt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,227 Graduate Enrollment: 680 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: national, regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Illinois State University Normal, Ill. www.illinoisstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,254 Graduate Enrollment: 2,508

Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Indiana State University Terre Haute, Ind. www.indstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,500 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Indiana Tech Fort Wayne, Ind. www.indinatech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,981 Graduate Enrollment: 497 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Indiana UniversityPurdue University Indianapolis, Ind. www.iupui.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,727 Graduate Enrollment: 8,252 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions

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Indiana Wesleyan University Marion, Ind. www.indwes.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,004 Graduate Enrollment: 4,949 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Inver Hills Community College Inver Grove Heights, Minn. www.inverhills.mnscu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,874 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, certificates Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Iowa State University Ames, Iowa www.iastate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,104 Graduate Enrollment: 4,991 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Irvine Valley College Irvine, Calif. www.ivc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, certificates Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

ITT Technical Institutes Indianapolis, Ind. www.itt-tech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 78,000 Graduate Enrollment: NP Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Ivy Tech Community College-Central Indiana Indianapolis, Ind. www.ivytech.edu/indianapolis Undergrad Enrollment: 35,887 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Jackson Community College Jackson, Mich. www.jccmi.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,637 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national, regional, other

Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Jefferson Community and Technical College Louisville, Ky. www.jefferson.kctcs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,262 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

John A Logan College Carterville, Ill. www.jalc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,500 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

John Tyler Community College Chester, Va. www.jtcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Jones International University Centennial, Colo. www.jiumilitary.com Jess Schwartzkopf Military Team Lead jschwartzkopf@jones.com

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,281 Graduate Enrollment: 3,096 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents JIU was the first fully accredited online university, offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in business and education. JIU is ranked a Top 5 World Online University and a Top Military Friendly University and is a core SOCMAR-4, SOCNAV-4 and SOCCOAST-4 member. JIU offers numerous military education benefits including undergraduate course costs at TA reimbursement rates, coverage of undergraduate book costs, no fees, monthly class starts and a dedicated military admissions team.

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Kansas State University Manhattan, Kan. www.k-state.edu Kirk Dimond Fort Riley Coordinator kdimond@k-state.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 19,205 Graduate Enrollment: 4,383 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained

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Keiser University Fort Lauderdale, Fla. www.keiseruniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,667 Graduate Enrollment: 423 Faculty to Student Ratio: 6:8 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Keystone College Kaplan University (Online) Fort Lauderdale, Fla. www.military.kaplan.edu Kelly Ernce Executive Director, Military Affairs kernce@kaplan.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 53,000 Graduate Enrollment: 5,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Kaplan University is a different school of thought: a university that is evolving higher education with innovative technology and new ideas. New ideas that say talent is not confined to only those that can attend a traditional classroom; new ideas that say with dedication and desire students can receive a quality education while balancing the needs of duty, family and career. The Kaplan Commitment allows student to attend for up five weeks without tuition obligation.

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La Plume, Pa. www.keystone.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,600 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Kutztown University of Pennsylvania Kutztown, Pa. www.kutztown.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,725 Graduate Enrollment: 972 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Lackawanna College Scranton, Pa. www.lackawanna.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,561 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:10 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Lakewood College Lakewood, Ohio www.lakewoodcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 200 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Lamar University Beaumont, Texas www.lamar.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,082 Graduate Enrollment: 3,887 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Liberty University Lynchburg, Va. www.liberty.edu Emily Foutz Military Affairs militaryadmissions@liberty.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 66,469 Graduate Enrollment: 12,767 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare With military students comprising almost one-third of the student body, Liberty University Online is ranked as one of America’s top militaryfriendly schools. Liberty University, a Yellow Ribbon, GoArmyEd and NCPDLP partner, offers many military benefits including: tuition discounts keeping tuition within TA cap; a technology fee waiver each semester; a military support office of over 20 personnel; and the Heroes Fund Scholarship for wounded veterans.

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Limestone College Gaffney, S.C. www.limestone.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,500 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

The Los Angeles Film School Hollywood, Calif. www.lafilm.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,130 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Madonna University Livonia, Mich. www.madonna.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,000 Graduate Enrollment: 500 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Marshall University Huntington, W.Va. www.marshall.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,000 Graduate Enrollment: 4,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Massachusetts Bay Community College Wellesley Hills, Mass. www.massbay.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,547 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate

Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Mayville State University Mayville, N.D. www.mayvillestate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 982 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

McNeese State University Lake Charles, La. www.mcneese.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,881 Graduate Enrollment: 1,060 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Medaille College Buffalo, N.Y. www.medaille.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,823 Graduate Enrollment: 882 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Mercer County Community College Trenton, N.J. www.mccc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Mercy College Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. www.mercy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,053 Graduate Enrollment: 3,789 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Methodist University Fayetteville, N.C. www.methodist.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,217 Graduate Enrollment: 199 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Metropolitan State College of Denver Denver, Colo. www.mscd.edu/student/veterans.shtml Undergrad Enrollment: 23,958 Graduate Enrollment: 50

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Michigan Technological University Houghton, Mich. www.mtu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,728 Graduate Enrollment: 1,303 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Mid-South Community College West Memphis, Tenn. www.midsouthcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,300 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

Milwaukee School of Engineering Milwaukee, Wis. www.msoe.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,393 Graduate Enrollment: 196 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy

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Minnesota School of Business Richfield, Minn. www.msbcollege.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,904 Graduate Enrollment: 370 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, MyCAA approved

Mississippi State University Starkville, Miss. www.veterans.msstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,635 Graduate Enrollment: 3,789 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Missouri State University Springfield, Mo. www.missouristate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 17,205 Graduate Enrollment: 3,267 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Monmouth University West Long Branch, N.J. www.monmouth.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,669 Graduate Enrollment: 1,837 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: None

Monroe Community College Rochester, N.Y. www.monroecc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,995 Graduate Enrollment: Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Montana State University Bozeman, Mont. www.montana.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 13,559 Graduate Enrollment: 1,800 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Montgomery County Community College Blue Bell, Pa. www.mc3.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30

Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Mountain State University Beckley, W.Va. www.mountainstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,301 Graduate Enrollment: 1,034 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Muskegon Community College Muskegon, Mich. www.muskegoncc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,311 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

National American University Rapid City, S.D. www.national.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,784 Graduate Enrollment: 364 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:10 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy

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Nazareth College Rochester, N.Y. www.naz.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,182 Graduate Enrollment: 1,023 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Neumann University Aston, Pa. www.neumann.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,500 Graduate Enrollment: 549 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fee for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

New England College Henniker, N.H. www.nec.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,100 Graduate Enrollment: 1,474 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

New Jersey City University Jersey City, N.J. www.njcu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,588 Graduate Enrollment: 1,929 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

New Mexico Junior College Hobbs, N.M. www.nmjc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,900 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fee for military Spouses & Dependents: None

New Mexico State University Las Cruces, N.M. www.nmsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,113 Graduate Enrollment: 3,753 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

New York Film Academy Los Angeles, Calif. www.nyfa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 146 Graduate Enrollment: 356 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:4

Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

New York Institute of Technology Old Westbury, N.Y. www.nyit.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,757 Graduate Enrollment: 3,414 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Niagara County Community College Sanborn, N.Y. www.niagaracc.suny.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,495 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Norfolk State University Norfolk, Va. www.nsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,131 Graduate Enrollment: 833 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org,

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North Dakota State College of Science Wahpeton, N.D. www.ndscs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,833 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

North Dakota State University Fargo, N.D. www.ndsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,977 Graduate Enrollment: 2,430 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

North Georgia College & State University Dahlonega, Ga. www.northgeorgia.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,353 Graduate Enrollment: 559 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificate, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: award ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Northern Virginia Community College Annandale, Va. www.nvcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 73,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Northwestern State University of Louisiana Natchitoches, La. www.nsula.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,074 Graduate Enrollment: 1,679 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fee for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Norwich University Northfield, Vt. www.norwich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,300 Graduate Enrollment: 1,250 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: None

Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Oklahoma State University Stillwater, Okla. www.okstate.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,197 Graduate Enrollment: 5,325 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

professions, and a job placement rate of over 90 percent 6 months after graduation. Oregon Tech ranked #8 in baccalaureate colleges in the western region in the 2012 U.S. News & World Report and has 11 online degree programs in the health professions, management fields and engineering technology.

Oregon Institute of Technology Klamath Falls, Ore. www.oit.edu Gwen Raubolt Director of Marketing and Communication gwendolyn.raubolt@oit.edu

The Paralegal Institute Undergrad Enrollment: 3,758 Graduate Enrollment: 25 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: none

Scottsdale, Ariz. www.theparalegalinstitute.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 177 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:30 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Old Dominion University Norfolk, Va. www.odu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,965 Graduate Enrollment: 5,501 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Park University Parkville, Mo. www.park.edu Stephen Terry Director, Military and Veteran Student Services stephen.terry@park.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 25,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,200 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hours cost with TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved Park University, a national leader in higher education, serves active

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Paul Smith’s College Paul Smiths, N.Y. www.paulsmiths.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,030 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org

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Penn State World Campus University Park Campus, Pa. www.worldcampus.psu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,273 Graduate Enrollment: 11,787 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Pierce College Military Program Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. www.pierce.ctc.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 6,844 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Post University Waterbury, Conn. www.post.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,000 Graduate Enrollment: 1,151 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives/reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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Regent University Virginia Beach, Va. www.regent.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,242 Graduate Enrollment: 3,313 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Rio Salado College Tempe, Ariz. www.riosalado.edu/partnerships/ military Undergrad Enrollment: 69,619 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, N.Y. www.rit.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,224 Graduate Enrollment: 2,982 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Roger Williams University Bristol, R.I. www.rwu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,500 Graduate Enrollment: 374 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces / waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey New Brunswick, N.J. http://veterans.rutgers.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 42,327 Graduate Enrollment: 14,541 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Saint Joseph College West Hartford, Conn. www.sjc.edu/veterans Gary Sherman Vice President for Enrollment Management gsherman@sjc.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 1,001 Graduate Enrollment: 1,477 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: None

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Saint Leo University Saint Leo, Fla. www.saintleo.edu Ed Austin Associate Vice President of Marketing ed.austin@saintleo.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 24,403 Graduate Enrollment: 4,540 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved Founded in 1889, Saint Leo University has a 39-year history of demonstrated success as a global provider of education to the military and their dependents. Responding to the unique needs of military students, the university provides flexible undergraduate and graduate degrees that can be completed worldwide online and/or at one of our more than 40 locations positioned across seven states.

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Seattle Central Community College Seattle, Wash. www.seattlecentral.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: reduces/waives fee for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Savannah, Ga. www.southuniversity.edu Undergrad Enrollment: NP Graduate Enrollment: NP Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Ill. www.siu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,141 Graduate Enrollment: 4,896 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Southern Wesleyan University Central, S.C. www.swu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,456 Graduate Enrollment: 427 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Southwestern College Professional Studies Wichita, Kan. www.southwesterncollege.org Undergrad Enrollment: 1,240 Graduate Enrollment: 171 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:11 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy

Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

St. Bonaventure University St. Bonaventure, N.Y. www.sbu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,937 Graduate Enrollment: 523 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: none

St. Gregory’s University Shawnee, Okla. www.stgregorys.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 313 Graduate Enrollment: 37 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

St. Joseph’s College Brooklyn, N.Y. www.sjcny.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 5,897 Graduate Enrollment: 755 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Stratford University Falls Church, Va. www.stratford.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,253 Graduate Enrollment: 432 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15

Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Strayer University Herndon, Va. www.strayer.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 49,000 Graduate Enrollment: included in undergrad total Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Suffolk County Community College Ammerman Campus, N.Y. www.sunysuffolk.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 35,051 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

SUNY Canton College Canton, N.Y. www.canton.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,300 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military

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needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: none

SUNY Maritime College Fort Schuyler, N.Y. www.sunymaritime.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,600 Graduate Enrollment: 200 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

SUNY Potsdam Potsdam, N.Y. www.potsdam.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,903 Graduate Enrollment: 511 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Syracuse University Syracuse, N.Y. www.syr.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,201 Graduate Enrollment: 6,206 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Tennessee Tech University Cookeville, Tenn. www.tntech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,436 Graduate Enrollment: 2,102 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Texas A&M University College Station, Texas www.tamu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 39,148 Graduate Enrollment: 9,981 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Texas Tech University Lubbock, Texas www.ttu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 25,462 Graduate Enrollment: 6,175 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

Texas Wesleyan University Fort Worth, Texas www.txwes.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,844 Graduate Enrollment: 1,534 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

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Denton, Texas www.twu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,483 Graduate Enrollment: 5,697 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Trenton, N.J. http://military.tesc.edu Louis F. Martini Director of Military and Veteran Education lmartini@tesc.edu

Thiel College Greenville, Pa. www.thiel.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,096 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Undergrad Enrollment: 17,722 Graduate Enrollment: 1,014 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Thomas Edison State College has been providing specialized educational opportunities for members of the U.S. military for more than 35 years and continues to develop degree programs and certificates specifically for enlisted personnel that optimize military training and experience. The college is a long-standing member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, a partnering institution of the GoArmyEd and Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership, the Coast Guard Institute and the Army National Guard Educational Support Center.

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Thomas More College Crestview Hills, Kent. www.thomasmore.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,000 Graduate Enrollment: 140 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: None

Tidewater Community College Hampton Roads, Va. www.tcc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 45,860 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:27 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC

Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Towson University Towson, Md. www.towson.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 15,560 Graduate Enrollment: 4,311 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Trident Technical College North Charleston, S.C. www.tridenttech.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 31,129 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associates Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Trident University International Cypress, Calif. www.trident.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,417 Graduate Enrollment: 8,465 Faculty to Student Ratio: NP Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Troy University Troy, Ala. www.troy.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,789 Graduate Enrollment: 9,324 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

United States Sports Academy Daphne, Ala. www.ussa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 233 Graduate Enrollment: 901 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:6 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

University of Arkansas at Little Rock Little Rock, Ark. www.ualr.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,321 Graduate Enrollment: 2,361 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

University of Arkansas at Monticello Monticello, Ark. www.uamont.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 3,500 Graduate Enrollment: 112 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hours cost with TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

University of Central Missouri Warrensburg, Mo. www.ucmo.edu/vets Undergrad Enrollment: 9,151 Graduate Enrollment: 2,172 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national

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University of Charleston Charleston, W.Va. www.ucwv.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,135 Graduate Enrollment: 383 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: None

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University of the Incarnate Word San Antonio, Texas http://military.uiw.edu Kevin Hill Admissions Counselor kmhill@uiwtx.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,958 Graduate Enrollment: 1,750 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Colorado Springs, Colo. www.uccs.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,018 Graduate Enrollment: 2,065 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

As partners with GoArmyEd, AU-ABC and NCPDLP, we ensure quality education is affordable and accessible for the military, active duty dependents, veterans and DoD civilians. We provide free textbooks for military and undergraduate students. Our tuition is capped for the military member and we offer convenient 8-week terms. We offer relevant degrees in criminal justice, psychology, HR, business and a transfer friendly degree in applied science. In our Virtual University, there are no proctored exams.

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Gainesville, Fla. www.ufl.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 32,064 Graduate Enrollment: 18,052 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Iowa City, Iowa www.uiowa.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,176 Graduate Enrollment: 9,679 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

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University of Kansas Lawrence, Kan. www.ku.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 29,462 Graduate Enrollment: 8,363 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

University of La Verne La Verne, Calif. www.laverne.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 4,275 Graduate Enrollment: 3,757 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: None

University of Louisville Louisville, Ky. www.louisville.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,167 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

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University of Management and Technology Arlington, Va. www.umtweb.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,945 Graduate Enrollment: 3,382 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:5 Average Class Size: less than 10 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Adelphi, Md. http://military.umuc.edu Military Advising military@umuc.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 75,500 Graduate Enrollment: 20,800 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved University of Maryland University College (UMUC), the largest public university in the United States, is a regionally accredited institution in the university system of Maryland. Since 1947, UMUC has been providing education services to the U.S. military and today enrolls 55,000 servicemembers, veterans and their family members in 27 countries and territories worldwide. UMUC offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate careerrelevant programs available online and on-site.

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Amherst, Mass. www.umass.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,551 Graduate Enrollment: 6,025 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Omaha, Neb. www.chooseuno.com Hayley Patton Manager, Military Programs hpatton@unomaha.edu

The University of Memphis Memphis, Tenn. www.memphis.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 20,072 Graduate Enrollment: 5,430 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Mich. www.umich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 27,027 Graduate Enrollment: 14,897 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: over 45 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Undergrad Enrollment: 11,964 Graduate Enrollment: 2,748 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare UNO has a long history working with military, with an office on Offutt AFB and a degree program tailored to military needs. We provide quality degree options (including fully online) that are flexible and low cost. Military can receive 10 hours for serving active duty one year and credit for military training/experience. UNO advisers are highly experienced working with military students. UNO provides military students with flexibility, value, support and maximization of military education benefits.

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University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha, Neb. www.unmc.edu Maggie Winnicki Distance Education Administrative Coordinator mwinnicki@unmc.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 958 Graduate Enrollment: 2,042 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:4 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits

Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare UNMC is a proud participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, offering undergraduate and graduate, online and campus-based programs in highdemand areas. Our online programs are taught by the same experienced professors that teach on campus— professors committed to teaching and research that improves health care. Our advisors work with military and veteran students to help you get the educational benefits you’re entitled to, and our flexible programs allow you to meet career and family commitments.

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University of North Carolina at Pembroke Pembroke, N.C. www.uncp.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,166 Graduate Enrollment: 778 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: None

University of North Carolina Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. www.uncw.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 11,743 Graduate Enrollment: 1,328 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

University of North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D. www.und.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 11,139 Graduate Enrollment: 2,560 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30

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Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

University of North Florida Jacksonville, Fla. www.unf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 14,515 Graduate Enrollment: 1,805 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

University of North Texas Denton, Texas www.unt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 28,283 Graduate Enrollment: 7,784 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

University of Northwestern Ohio Lima, Ohio http://unoh.edu Randy Gasser Military Relations Coordinator rjgasser@unoh.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 4,168 Graduate Enrollment: 35 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:25 Average Class Size: 15-30

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents The University of Northwestern Ohio desires to help servicemembers achieve their educational goals in the shortest amount of time and in the most affordable way. Military scholarships are available for all servicemembers, veterans, spouses and dependents attending UNOH. UNOH is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges, GoArmyEd, and Military Spouse Career Advancement Program. UNOH accepts military transcripts and honors credit equivalencies for military course work, experience and testing programs such as CLEP and DANTES.

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The University of Oklahoma Norman, Okla. www.ou.edu/outreach Megan Tyler Director Of Advanced Programs, North America apnapdirector@ou.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 20,000 Graduate Enrollment: 5,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

The University of Oklahoma began offering courses to the military population in the early 1960s. Outreach pioneered an intensive teaching format, which includes advanced class preparation, condensed class sessions and post-class work. Programs available through The University of Oklahoma provide additional flexibility by offering selected online courses and degrees, independent readings and independent courses. In all aspects, except in the use of time, Outreach courses are identical to their counterparts taught on the Norman campus.

Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

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As a regionally-accredited, militaryfriendly school, University of Phoenix has been enriching the lives of military personnel and their families for over 35 years. We offer a wide variety of associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Classes are available on campus and online. Our staff of nearly 1,000 dedicated military advisers is just one way we support our military students. We also offer special military tuition rates and credit for previous military training and education.

Phoenix, Ariz. www.phoenix.edu/mil Jackie Robinson Public Relations Project Manager, Military Division military.services@phoenix.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 311,000 Graduate Enrollment: 84,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:12 Average Class Size: 10-15

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2012 Guide to Top Military- Friendly Colleges & Universities University of San Diego San Diego, Calif. www.sandiego.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,100 Graduate Enrollment: 2,000 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

University of South Carolina Columbia, S.C. www.sc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,383 Graduate Enrollment: 8,214 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

University of South Florida Tampa, Fla. www.veterans.usf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 36,358 Graduate Enrollment: 8,882 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:27 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

University of Southern Maine Portland, Maine www.usm.maine.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,860 Graduate Enrollment: 2,090 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14

Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: None

The University of Tampa Tampa, Fla. www.ut.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 5,687 Graduate Enrollment: 740 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

The University of Texas at Dallas Richardson, Texas www.utdallas.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,648 Graduate Enrollment: 6,480 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

The University of Texas at El Paso El Paso, Texas www.utep.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 18,160 Graduate Enrollment: 3,946 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

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La Crosse, Wis. www.uwlax.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,945 Graduate Enrollment: 1,003 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Undergrad Enrollment: 1,915 Graduate Enrollment: 3,179 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:24 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare The University of West Alabama is proud to be listed among the colleges and universities designated as military-friendly. In addition to being a SOC Consortium member, GI-VA Friendly and a Go Army Ed School, the UWA Division of Online Programs offers active military members, including National Guard and Reserves, scholarships to continue their studies online in both baccalaureate and graduate level programs. UWA also offers a thorough counseling program designated for online students only.

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University of West Florida Pensacola, Fla. http://uwf.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,825 Graduate Enrollment: 1,917 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:23 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

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University of WisconsinOshkosh Oshkosh, Wis. http://uwosh.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,230 Graduate Enrollment: 1,399 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

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Undergrad Enrollment: 1,326 Graduate Enrollment: 1,487 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare At the University of WisconsinPlatteville Online, we’re not scrambling

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University of WisconsinStevens Point Stevens Point, Wis. http://uwsp.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,256 Graduate Enrollment: 244 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

University of WisconsinWhitewater Whitewater, Wis. www.uww.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,144 Graduate Enrollment: 1,413 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

Upper Iowa University Fayette, Iowa www.uiu.edu Barb Schultz Associate Executive Director schultzb@uiu.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 6,266 Graduate Enrollment: 499 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22

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Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Founded in 1857, Upper Iowa University is a private, notfor-profit university providing degree programs and leadership development opportunities to nearly 7,000 students—nationally and internationally. Upper Iowa University is a recognized innovator in offering accredited, quality programs through flexible, multiple delivery systems, including onsite, online and independent study. Upper Iowa offers tuition discounts to the total military family and is a proud member of the Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon Program.

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Utah State University Logan, Utah www.usu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 22,100 Graduate Enrollment: 3,667 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Utica College Utica, N.Y. www.utica.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 2,537 Graduate Enrollment: 736 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Valdosta State University Valdosta, Ga. www.valdosta.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 10,794 Graduate Enrollment: 2,104 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:21 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Vincennes University Vincennes, Ind. www.vinu.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 10,000 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 10-15

Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/ waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Virginia College Birmingham, Ala. www.vc.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 16,800 Graduate Enrollment: 400 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy

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Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Va. www.vt.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 23,690 Graduate Enrollment: 7,316 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Washington State University Pullman, Wash. http://wsu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 21,816 Graduate Enrollment: 4,492 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:15 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Weber State University Ogden, Utah http://weber.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 12,186 Graduate Enrollment: 4,145 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:22 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA

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Webster University St. Louis, Mo. www.webster.edu admissions@webster.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 4,895 Graduate Enrollment: 16,196 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces/waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents Webster University and the U.S. Department of Defense have worked together for nearly 40 years to provide high quality and costeffective graduate programs at military installations throughout the country. Our goal is to help military students successfully complete their graduate education no matter where they are deployed. Webster University courses of study are approved for veterans’ educational benefits in compliance with all prescribed regulations by special approval agencies.

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West Chester University, MBA Program West Chester, Pa. www.wcumba.org Undergrad Enrollment: 12,564 Graduate Enrollment: 2,185 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, veterans center Financial Aid: none Spouses & Dependents: none

West Texas A&M University Canyon, Texas www.wtamu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 6,522 Graduate Enrollment: 1,283

Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved

Western Carolina University Cullowhee, N.C. www.wcu.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 7,503 Graduate Enrollment: 1,904 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: credit hour cost within TA limits, reduces fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Western Governors University Salt Lake City, Utah www.wgu.edu Jeff Bingham Military Tuition Assistant Specialist jbingham1@wgu.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 19,482 Graduate Enrollment: 5,712 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:45 Average Class Size: NP Accreditation: regional, national, other Degrees Offered: bachelor’s, master’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, military scholarships Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved WGU is a nonprofit, online and accredited university offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education, IT, business and health

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professions, including nursing. WGU is competency-based, meaning students with prior education and experience in their field of study can accelerate degree completion. Programs are highly portable allowing students to study wherever they are located, and most programs cost about $6,000 per year. Tuition assistance, GI Bill benefits and scholarships for military personnel and spouses are available.

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Western International University Phoenix, Ariz. http://west.edu/military Undergrad Enrollment: 3,000 Graduate Enrollment: 2,500 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:14 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s Academics: accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions advisor for military, staff trained in military needs, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents

Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, Mich. http://wmich.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,966 Graduate Enrollment: 5,079 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:19 Average Class Size: 30-45 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits, waives fees for military Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, tuition discounts for dependents, on-campus childcare

Westfield State University Westfield, Mass. www.westfield.ma.edu veterans@westfield.ma.edu

Undergrad Enrollment: 5,820 Graduate Enrollment: 3,160 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:18 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional

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Westminster College Fulton, Mo. www.westminster-mo.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 1,100 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:16 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional Degrees Offered: associate, bachelor’s Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon Spouses & Dependents: tuition discounts for dependents

Winona State University Winona, Minn. http://winona.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 8,500 Graduate Enrollment: 455 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:20 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: regional, national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate

Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, veterans center, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: on-campus childcare

Wiregrass Georgia Technical College Valdosta, Ga. www.wiregrass.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 9,006 Graduate Enrollment: 0 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:13 Average Class Size: 10-15 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: dedicated admissions adviser for military, staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: tuition lower than Yellow Ribbon, credit hour cost

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Wright State University Dayton, Ohio www.wright.edu Undergrad Enrollment: 19,793 Graduate Enrollment: 4,128 Faculty to Student Ratio: 1:17 Average Class Size: 15-30 Accreditation: national Degrees Offered: certificates, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, doctorate Academics: awards ACE credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, SOC, offers DL Support: staff trained in military needs, veterans org, liberal withdrawal policy Financial Aid: Yellow Ribbon, tuition lower than yYellow Ribbon, military scholarships, credit hour cost within TA limits Spouses & Dependents: MyCAA approved, on-campus childcare

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SUNY Empire State College Launches Veterans Services Program President Alan R. Davis announced that State University of New York Empire State College now offers an online advanced graduate certificate in veterans services. The certificate program, offered through the college’s School for Graduate Studies, is designed to provide professionals with additional education and skills to meet the needs of veterans in accessing available social services such as health care, education, employment and housing. “The effects veterans experience as a result of war are as old as human conflict and warfare itself. Today, the urgent need of veterans for skilled professional assistance arises as a result of the challenges they faced in service to the nation,” said Davis. “The college’s new graduate certificate program will enable professionals to help veterans to better cope with the challenges of reintegrating into their families and communities and with accessing available services.” “Those of us in the field of veterans assistance are starving for nontraditional sources of training and education to better serve our diverse population of clients,” said Saratoga County Veterans’ Service Agency director and college student Andrew Davis. “Assisting and advocating on behalf of veterans is a constantly evolving business. The training and certification of those in the field of veterans services must evolve as well and I am glad to see that Empire State College is addressing this critical need.” “Veterans services agencies, community organizations and educational institutions need to work together to serve our transitioning veterans effectively,” said college Office of Veteran and

Military Education Director and Council of College and Military Educators President Linda Frank. “Awareness of current policies, services and relevant issues is crucial to the ability of service providers to address the challenges our veterans face. Our graduate certificate in veterans services will provide training across the broad spectrum of transition components and challenges that confront veterans today.” “Providing professional training in veteran services is a clear social and institutional imperative,” said Professor Elana Michelson, who developed the certificate program. “Some veterans are able to move forward quickly, using the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other programs to go on with their lives. Others face a more difficult transition as they try to manage the after-effects of war and personal dislocation. These veterans especially are in need of the skillful intervention of well-trained and highly skilled professionals.” The state of New York is home to more than one million veterans. Currently, there is no national model for training in veterans services at the level of a graduate certificate. The college’s certificate program address a critical need in New York state and provides a national model. The curriculum of the Certificate in Veterans Services includes three 3-credit required courses, in addition to a fourth 3-credit elective to be selected depending on the needs and interests of the student. Opportunities for field work will be built into the courses as appropriate to particular student needs. Credits earned through the graduate certificate can be applied to the Master of Arts in social policy degree.

University of Georgia Launches Online Master’s The University of Georgia College of Education will offer a new online master’s degree in reading education with an emphasis on new and digital literacies. The department of language and literacy education is accepting applications until June 30 for the fall 2012 cohort. The degree is only the third at UGA where students can take classes entirely online. The first was an online master’s degree in adult education, also housed in the College of Education. The new program, traditionally offered exclusively on the Athens campus, is specifically designed to meet the needs of certified teachers who are unable to pursue face-to-face coursework in Athens.

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“The department of language and literacy education is excited about the possibility of working with students who haven’t been able to take courses at UGA due to distance or family responsibilities,” said Bob Fecho, professor and reading program coordinator in the department. The goal of the program is to educate teachers in methods that advance their students as readers in the broadest sense—from printed materials to digital multimedia environments. The degree is appropriate for teachers working with students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. This two-year program will admit 20 students each fall semester of

even-numbered years. As a cohort, students will be expected to take all courses in sequence and to matriculate in the summer session. Students will be required to take two courses per semester for six semesters. The program offers a strong core of understanding of research-based literacy instruction, cultural and historical foundations and research. The core will be augmented by 12 credits of specialization courses focused on new and digital literacies. Discussion of course topics with peers and interaction with instructors will be facilitated with e-learning and Web 2.0 platforms. Tuition is set at the university’s e-rate for distance education.

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Unifying and Representing the Interests of Independent Institutions David L. Warren President National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities David L. Warren became president of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) in 1993, after nearly a decade as president of Ohio Wesleyan University. Beyond NAICU, Warren has orchestrated and led cooperative efforts with the other major higher education associations. He has co-chaired the National Campus Voter Registration Project which, in each presidential and congressional election since 1998, has engaged the nation’s campuses in the political and electoral process. He has spearheaded the Student Aid Alliance, an ongoing campaign of 50 higher education associations to expand student aid, which has resulted in a 62 percent increase in the Pell Grant over the last decade. He also is responsible for the creation of CampusCares, an initiative to gain national recognition for the community service and civic engagement contributions by America’s colleges and universities, and the University & College Accountability Network, a major national effort to enhance consumers’ access to comparative information on colleges and universities. More recently, Warren was a driving force on behalf of all higher education in shaping the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act, which was signed into law in 2008 after five years of deliberation and debate. NAICU also took a leadership role in the passage of the new GI Bill, with its provisions for the participation of independent higher education through the Yellow Ribbon Program. Now, in response to administration calls for dramatically increasing the nation’s college graduation rate over the next decade, he has led NAICU in launching “Building Blocks to 2020,” a major effort to encourage and report on the role of America’s private colleges and universities in achieving greater access to and completion of a college education. Warren has been a leader in the national community service movement, as a member of the founding board of Campus Compact, and a member of its executive committee since 1986. In addition, while president of Ohio Wesleyan, he served as chair of a state task force that addressed state government reform, and was Governor Celeste’s appointee as chairman of the Ohio Ethics Commission for two years. Warren currently serves as a trustee at Eckerd College and Agnes Scott College. Before becoming president of Ohio Wesleyan, Warren was the chief administrative officer of the City of New Haven, Conn., from 1982 to 1984. From 1978 to 1982, he held a variety of positions at Antioch University in Yellow Springs, Ohio, including senior vice president and university provost. From 1968 to 1976, he held administrative and faculty positions www.MAE-kmi.com

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Q: Could you please provide a brief background on your experience in higher education? A: I’ve had the privilege of serving as NAICU’s president for nearly 20 years now, where I’ve worked closely with the leaders of more than a thousand private nonprofit colleges and related organizations to keep American higher education affordable and accessible to students from all backgrounds. I came to NAICU from Ohio Wesleyan University, where I was president for a decade. Earlier in my career I held administrative and academic positions at Antioch and Yale universities. I’ve long been committed to the the national community service and civic engagement movement, as a member of the founding board of Campus Compact and a member of its executive committee since 1986.

Maggie Smith, an active-duty soldier and a mother, graduated with an online degree from Penn State.

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Q: What do you see as the most significant opportunities and challenges for NAICU at this moment? A: It is impossible to overstate the impact the budget crisis has had on the environment in the nation’s capital. The laser-like focus on Capitol Hill on deficit and debt reduction has forced every group in Washington to switch to playing defense. For NAICU and the rest of the higher education community, it’s about protecting federal student aid from further cuts and preventing the federal budget from being balanced on the backs of students. The advantage for NAICU is the passion of our members. There is no doubt that every senator and representative is hearing frequently from college presidents, trustees and students in his or her state or district. Our members have demonstrated time and again their success at speaking with a loud, unified voice on Capitol Hill. They are doing so again. Q: From your perspective, what are the key issues facing higher education in general, and military education in particular?

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A: Protecting federal student aid from massive cuts is the key issue facing all of higher education. If the Pell Grant program, which is at the core of the federal student aid programs, is cut, and other programs are also sliced, the effect on millions of students will be devastating.

The Student Aid Alliance, a national coalition of more than 70 organizations co-chaired by NAICU, is coordinating a grassroots “Save Student Aid” campaign that has rallied tens of thousands of college students, presidents, faculty, alumni and other Americans to voice their support for protecting federal student aid from further cuts. Anyone can join by going to the Student Aid Alliance website. One important issue facing military education is assuring that disreputable schools are not able to find ways to exploit servicemembers and veterans. Congressional investigations have focused largely on the practices of for-profit schools with regard to Department of Education student aid programs, but have raised questions as well about their solicitations to veterans. Q: Could you discuss NAICU’s participation in the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill? A: NAICU joined other higher education associations and veterans service organizations in supporting passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill. We were honored to have been included among the organizations mentioned by Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in his remarks on the Senate floor marking the first anniversary of the enactment of the legislation. Individual NAICU members were active in their support. Most notably, former Dartmouth president Jim Wright worked tirelessly on behalf of the legislation. We communicated regularly with all of our members about the bill. Following its enactment, we worked to facilitate participation through the development of a special section of our website, sponsorship of a well-attended webinar, and presentations by VA officials at NAICU meetings. Our activities also included participating in rallies and writing letters of support. We also joined in the efforts coordinated by the Partnership for Veterans’ Education—a coalition of military, veterans and higher education organizations. Q: With the federal government tightening its belt and looking to cut spending, how do you respond to those in favor of cutting federal student aid, whether in the form of Pell Grants of subsidized loans? A: Workforce projections show that by 2018, there will be jobs for as many as 22 million www.MAE-kmi.com


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new workers with college degrees. However, on our current trajectory, we won’t make that goal. Recent budget deals have already cut $30 billion from the student aid programs, sacrificing some students’ benefits to pay for others. States across the country also are cutting higher education from their own budgets. For students and the nation, it’s more important than ever that Congress preserve, protect and provide adequate funding for the core federal student aid programs, such as Pell Grants and student loan benefits. To recover from the economic downturn and to remain competitive in the global economy, the nation needs to give more students the opportunity to earn a college degree. Cutting student aid, a long-term investment in our nation’s future, is penny-wise but pound-foolish. Q: Could you discuss NAICU’s Building Blocks to 2020 initiative?

Building Blocks to 2020 provides colleges of all types the opportunity to learn from one another, strengthen their own efforts, gauge their progress, and illustrate to consumers and policymakers the efforts underway to ensure greater academic success and degree completion. The Building Blocks to 2020 website highlights 650 programs that help bypassed, low-income, and first-in-their-family students achieve college access and attainment. NAICU is now a member of the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment, which commits all sectors of higher education (public, private, four-year, two-year) to this policy goal. Given the productivity of the private nonprofit sector in graduating students, our colleges will be a crucial part of helping the nation reach President Obama’s 2020 goal. Private nonprofit colleges enroll 20 percent of all students, but award 30 percent of all degrees. The six-year graduation rate at four-year private nonprofit colleges is 64.4 percent, compared to 55 percent at four-year state colleges and 24.5 percent at four-year for-profit colleges.

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servicemembers feel more welcome on campus. Servicemembers at our colleges are valued for the life experiences and perspectives they bring to the classroom, and appreciated for their service to the nation. I urge servicemembers not to rule out a traditional private nonprofit college just because of published tuition price. When you adjust for inflation, many students at private nonprofit colleges pay less outof-pocket today than they would’ve five years ago. Inflation-adjusted net tuition and fees [published tuition and fees minus grants from all sources and federal higher education tax benefits] at our colleges have actually dropped by 4.1 percent in the past five years. Our students are more likely to earn a degree and do so on time. Every student considering pursuing a degree owes it to himself or herself to shop around. Q: Is there anything else you would like to add? A: College presidents are fully aware of the effect of the nation’s financial circumstances on not only the federal budget, but more importantly, on fragile family and college budgets. Deficit reduction is an important objective. However, more critical to the nation’s economic recovery is helping students afford college so they can earn a degree, enter the workforce, and contribute to their and the nation’s well-being. To serve these students effectively, the federal and state governments must shore up the capacity of America’s colleges to provide them with the best education possible. The nation’s future depends on it. O

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Beyond the Iron Triangle: Containing the Cost of College and Student Debt Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed the annual Federal Student Aid conference on November 29, 2011, where he discussed the administration’s and higher education institution’s efforts at controlling the rising cost of college and student debt. Highlights from his speech follow.

Our administration has taken a number of important steps to reduce the net price that students and families have to pay to attend college and the amount of student debt that individuals take on. Over the last decade, the net price of college has risen nearly 6 percent a year, after inflation. Yet in the last three years—thanks largely to a dramatic expansion in federal aid and tax credits—net tuition and fees paid by students at two-year institutions and non-profit four-year institutions have actually declined in real terms. That progress is an encouraging sign. But I believe that we, as a department, can do much more to help contain the price tag of college and reduce individual student debt. And I believe that post-secondary institutions and states also have yet to fully tackle the cost containment challenge in a comprehensive and sustainable fashion … As President Obama says, “In the United States of America, no one should go broke because they chose to go to college.” The contours of today’s cost and price challenge are no secret. Three in four Americans now say that college is too expensive for most people to afford. That belief is even stronger among young adults— three-fourths of whom believe that graduates today have more debt that they can manage. We need to listen closely to these fears. Those concerns reflect a changing economy in which college has become ever more important—and ever more expensive. From 1995 to 2007, the net price of college for fulltime undergraduates, adjusted for inflation, rose 48 percent at for-profit schools, 26 percent at public twoyear institutions, and 20 percent at public four-year institutions. As all of you know, state spending on higher education is one of the biggest drivers of tuition growth at public institutions. When states confront major budget shortfalls, as they are today, they all too often cut public higher education funding to meet the state’s balanced budget requirements. Public IHEs, which three in four college students attend, then hike 60 | MAE 6.10

their tuitions to make up for the reduction in state funding. As a result of tuition growth, college seniors with student loans now graduate with an average of more than $25,000 in debt. In 1996, that figure was closer to $12,500—so debt levels have basically doubled over the last 15 years. Despite this increase in student debt, no one questions that student loans are an important tool and a vital investment for students and the nation. Students with bachelor’s degrees, for example, are now projected to earn about $1 million more over their lifetime than students with only a high school diploma. Yet there is also little doubt that for too many students and families, the cost of college is a serious and growing problem. These financial pressures, including the burden of defaulting, are not just numbers on a notice or a bill. They have lasting implications in the lives of our young adults. While Income Based Repayment (IBR) and our Pay as You Earn proposal will help make student loan debt more manageable and provide an alternative to loan default, high levels of debt with long repayment periods can still sharply limit opportunities years after graduating. The president knows that if it wasn’t for the tremendous progress we’ve made in expanding access and making college more affordable, our cost and debt problems today would be even worse. A decade ago, the federal government provided a third of undergraduate grant aid. Today, we provide half of all undergraduate grant aid. In the last three years alone, the number of Pell Grant recipients enrolled in college has jumped by almost half, from 6.2 million to roughly 9 million. In the same time frame, the value of total grant aid and federal loans per student increased by about 30 percent in inflation-adjusted dollars. The underappreciated changes to the American Opportunity Tax Credit made in 2009 also led to a huge jump in tax credit and tuition deductions of more than 80 percent per qualified student. And we

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have seen a remarkable increase in FASFA applications, which have shot up almost 50 percent since 2008, thanks in part to our simplification of the FASFA. As you know, the FASFA form itself used to be a barrier to college entry. That was absolutely crazy—and I’m thrilled we were able to make it much quicker and simpler to complete. All told, federal support for increased college access has expanded more in the last three years than at any period since the years following the passage of the GI bill. Why has this tremendous expansion in student aid not been matched by equally dramatic progress in containing college cost and student debt? Part of the explanation has to be that the higher education system provides few long-term incentives to control student cost and debt. At the federal level, we’re seeking to follow three simple principles. First, we want to help Americans better manage student loan debt, capping monthly payments to what people can afford. We call it our “Pay as you Earn” proposal because it builds on our existing income-based repayment plan. Second, we want to ensure that students “Know Before They Owe” the financial implications of a loan by increasing the transparency of loan cost and grant requirements. Finally, by gathering information on whether forprofit and other colleges are preparing students for gainful employment, we want to encourage students to pursue a college education and achieve success in the job market, without being saddled with unmanageable debt on a federal student loan. Some of this is little more than common sense. By contrast, prospective students today often receive jargon-laden financial aid award letters that make it hard to compare financial aid offers side-by-side. www.MAE-kmi.com


Information about the total debt, interest and monthly payments of student loans can be unclear—or not included at all. That’s why our department has teamed up with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to create a financial aid shopping sheet, or model disclosure form. Colleges can use it to help students understand and compare the type and amount of aid in different aid packages. College prices should be much more transparent than they are today—both to help students make smart decisions and to help them avoid getting loaded down with unsustainable debt. That’s one reason why Congress has required—and the Department has started posting—annual tuition watch lists that show which colleges have the highest and lowest tuition and net prices. And it’s why colleges are now required to post net price calculators on their website—to help students figure out the real cost of college, after taking account of aid, and to avoid confusion over misleading sticker prices. It similarly makes sense to reduce monthly payments to what students can afford, given the difficulties that large amounts of debt can create for students and their families. The administration’s new repayment proposal, called the Pay as you Earn plan, builds on the IBR changes. It will give about 1.6 million students the ability to cap their loan payments at 10 percent of their discretionary income beginning next year. And it would forgive the balance of their debt after 20 years of payments, instead of after 25 years. In practical terms, those 1.6 million Americans could literally see their loan payments go down by hundreds of dollars a month. For those borrowers who enter lower-paying but critical public service careers— including teachers—remaining loan balances will be forgiven after 10 years of repayment. We want people to be able to follow their heart and passion—and not just chase a big paycheck because they have to pay back loans. We can’t afford to lose that talent. In the higher education community, visionary leaders are also taking steps to control college cost and net price. They are radically redesigning courses, and making smarter use of technology and curriculum to cut cost, while accelerating learning. Dozens of colleges and universities have either cut or frozen tuition, or provide a four-year graduation guarantee, where the college agrees to cover the cost of the extra time it takes a full-time student to graduate. The University of Oregon in Eugene launched Pathway Oregon in 2008. It guarantees that qualified in-state students from low-income families can attend the university tuition-free. Next year, Duquesne University in Pittsburgh is offering a 50 percent discount on tuition and fees for all freshmen who enroll in the school of education. At the University of Charleston in West Virginia, university president Edwin Welch is looking to accelerate the time to a degree while still containing cost. Already, more than a fourth of students who come to school as freshmen and stay www.MAE-kmi.com

through graduation complete their degrees in fewer than four years. Next year, tuition for incoming freshman and transfer students will be cut 22 percent. In Florida, all public colleges are now required to provide a fixed four-year tuition rate for up to 30 credits per year. Ohio State University froze tuition for state residents from 2007 to 2009. None of this is easy. But it is getting done. Even more ambitious are efforts to boost productivity and learning by redesigning courses and reimagining the use of technology in the classroom … To give one example, the century-old practice of awarding degrees based on seat time in a classroom, rather than on demonstrated competence, is now at odds with a world in which the Internet offers perpetual opportunities for learning and gaining skills at your own pace. That is the theory of Western Governors University, founded by governors in 19 western states in 1999. WGU is an affordable online, non-profit institution that measures the success of its 29,000 students—most of them working adults—not by credit hours but by demonstrated mastery of a subject, whether it is information technology, nursing, a field of business, and preparation to teach. States are also beginning to take on the challenge of accelerating attainment and containing cost as a statewide mission. Nationwide, 26 states have set goals for the educational attainment of the adult population. And a number of state strategic plans include language about containing college cost. We’ve released a college completion toolkit that lays out steps states can take to improve their college attainment rates and reduce cost. I was recently in Oregon, where they have set a goal that 40 percent of Oregonians will have a bachelor’s degree or higher by 2025, and another 40 percent will have an associate degree or certificate. To be on par with the nations with the highest attainment rate, Oregon projects that its public institutions will need to increase its annual production of associate and bachelor’s degrees by 66 percent. In Colorado, all institutions of higher education must publish individual performance contracts that support the state’s strategic plan, and funding is based on achieving those goals. I think the goals for improving graduation rates at individual institutions are too modest in Colorado. But institutions like the University of Colorado at Boulder have set—and met—the goal that low-income resident, first-time, full-time students, will receive grant and work study financial aid to cover 100 percent of tuition, fees and books and be debt-free. I can’t close without pointing out that financial aid administrators also have a vital role to play in controlling college cost and student debt. Student aid can no longer be only or primarily about increasing access to post-secondary education. Our students and our institutions of higher education need financial aid administrators to innovate and lead the way in making post-secondary education more productive. Let me give an example. About one in seven students

who earn a degree today takes more credits than they actually need to graduate. Those excess credits lengthen the time to graduation—driving up dropout rates and the cost of college for both institutions and students. Officials in West Virginia came up with an ingenious idea to reduce the problem of excess credits when they designed their state’s version of the HOPE scholarship program. They found that in other states with similar performance-based scholarships, students weren’t required to take a big enough course-load to graduate in four years. They altered the performance requirements for student aid. In West Virginia’s program, students are required to take enough courses each semester to graduate on time. A follow-up analysis of the program found it raised on-time graduation rates by almost seven percentage points. Other colleges and universities are similarly innovating by experimenting with performance-based scholarships and emergency aid to keep students from dropping out with unmanageable debt and no degree. In the end, we need to start a national conversation of what makes sense to improve completion rates while controlling cost. And we need the expertise and creativity of financial aid administrators to help drive that discussion. To help move that conversation, the Obama administration is pursuing several initiatives. We are proposing to replace the current Perkins loan program, scheduled to expire in 2014, with a new and improved program that would provide federal support for campus-based, low-cost student loans to many more institutions. Funding would be allocated to colleges based not only on the financial needs of students, but also on the performance of institutions in graduating Pell Grant recipients. Our proposed College Completion Incentive Grants would reward states and institutions for undertaking systematic reforms that increase the number of students who complete college and that close achievement gaps. Finally, our First in the World Fund would support institutional programs that use innovative practices to accelerate learning, boost completion rates, and hold down tuition. Together, our challenge is that these promising innovations for controlling cost are still the exception today. I want them to be the norm. Our students deserve no less. And collectively—with your commitment and your creativity—I believe we can succeed in containing the growth of college cost and student debt. Working together—the department, states, and institutions across the country—can help achieve the president’s goal, that by 2020, America will once again lead the world in college attainment. O

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Alumni Groups help graduates stay connected to their alma mater through mentoring, volunteer opportunities and professional networking. By Maura McCarthy MAE Editor Visit any college bookstore across the country and you’ll quickly notice that the wares on display are hardly just for current students. “University of Florida Alum” advertises a sweatshirt; “Somebody at Harvard Loves Me” announces a stuffed teddy bear; “Future Eagle” promises a baby-bib. These stores and their goods represent the tangible attachment alumni have to their alma mater, yet this attachment runs deeper than mere novelty items. The connection alumni feel to their college or university is the driving force behind alumni groups, which serve as powerful networking, recruiting and, of course, socializing venues. Additionally, the connections forged through these groups are beneficial for current students, graduates and the institution as well.

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this cohort a priority. In an age where nearly everything is done online, students and recent graduates may underestimate the value of a personal connection and overlook the professional opportunities the alumni body presents. While new graduates entering the job market may feel like they are a small fish in a big pond, it is important for them to realize being an engaged alumnus is not an academic requirement; active alumni genuinely want to assist current students, recent graduates and fellow alums for a variety of reasons, including that investing in their alma mater continues to increase the value of their degree. At University of Maryland University College (UMUC), “The Alumni Association partners with the University Career Services Office to offer job fairs, employment opportunities and workshops on the federal job application process and résumé writing and critique,” noted Marco N. Bouwer, director of Alumni Programs. Similarly, the University of West Florida offers students the opportunity to job-shadow with an alum in their field and have alumni

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who recruit students for co-ops and internships with their companies, according to Melissa (Missy) Grace, assistant director of alumni relations. At Saint Leo, the university is in the midst of revamping their alumni mentor network, which will “allow students and alumni to connect with those in particular fields of interest and begin building professional relationships that will hopefully enhance their marketability and lead to employment. Giving our students and alumni the opportunity to establish relationships with business leaders who have earned their degree from Saint Leo, and of course those who are not alumni but have a relationship with the institution, adds value to the degree of all alumni and future students,” explained Eddie Kenny, director of alumni relations at the university.

Connecting Graduates From professional networking to volunteer opportunities to university engagement, alumni groups strive to keep graduates connected for life. In this effort, Saint Leo works to engage their graduates and promote active participation through volunteer opportunities such as alumni association board of directors, admissions representatives and guest speakers, as well as through social, athletic, recreational, travel or lifelong learning events. “Our events are hosted in the locations where we have critical mass of alumni. Given the unique make-up of Saint Leo University, many of these events take place in areas where we have our Education Centers. Our hope is to continue building those relationships and engagement opportunities with alumni,” said Kenny. The university recently hosted an event at the Virginia Aquarium, attracting over 350 guests. “Among those guests were staff, faculty, students and alumni, and this was one of our largest and well-attended events we have had as a university. This event once again enhanced our connections with alumni,” Kenny recounted. Current students and new graduates are not the only ones who benefit from professional networking; if an alum moves to a new city, switches careers or enters a new industry, their alma mater can continue to support them. “Staying connected to UMUC through membership in the alumni association gives alumni access to a network that can significantly benefit their careers,” explained Bouwer. “Our alumni serve in the military and across the private and public sectors, in government and local and international businesses. Through the alumni association, alumni can be a part of a diverse family. Apart from membership benefits, the alumni association also provides volunteer, leadership development and philanthropic opportunities.” While enrolled in school, the campus is the nucleus on which all participation centers; following graduation though, students disperse across the county and the globe. To foster a feeling of connection after leaving campus, many colleges and universities establish regional chapters in areas that boast a high concentration of alumni in order to engage graduates and keep them connected for life. For example, to best meet the needs of the institution and alumni, UWF has established regional chapters that host events in nine different locations, allowing

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for networking within a specific area. The institution has also integrated the Offices of Alumni Relations and Development. When tapped into, alumni groups are perfect opportunities to take a shared personal connection and forge strong professional ties. “Alumni membership is crucial in developing professional networks, both for career advancement and for business development opportunities. Alumni make connections at alumni association events—including workshops and seminars—where we serve as facilitators, creating a platform for alumni to meet professionally,” explained Bouwer.

Strengthening the Institution While students are hitting the books in pursuit of their degree—and bemoaning or praising their professors—what they may not realize is that in time, they could play a role in recruiting who stands in front of the class and teaches future students. Part of the importance of staying connected to your alma mater stems from the fact that “higher education institutions rely on a cyclical progression: quality faculty attracting top students who graduate and become actively engaged alumni who support the institution to recruit quality faculty,” explained Bonnie Hilory, executive director of Hawai’i Pacific’s office of Alumni Engagement and Communication. “On a less altruistic note, when alumni help support the next generation of students, they are also ensuring the value of their own degrees,” she continued. Kenny concurred, explaining, “Alumni participation is at the heart of any great university, and alumni should feel connected to their alma mater not only through the degree which they’ve received but through the opportunities provided as a result of that degree. If alumni are connected to their alma mater, whether it’s through event participation, giving back financially or serving as an ambassador for the university (admissions recruiting, alumni board of directors, alumni mentor networks), then it adds value to the degree of all current and future alumni. This also lends credibility to student recruitment and respectability within job markets for Saint Leo University alumni.” It’s easy to reap the benefits of your college while you’re enrolled: Career Services is right there to review your resume or to help coordinate an internship and your favorite professor is readily available to write a letter of recommendation for that internship or graduate school. Following graduation though, many former students aren’t aware of the resources—formal or informal—that alumni groups offer them. For graduates whose alma mater holds a special place in their memory, participating in alumni groups provides an avenue to stay connected, support current students, forge new personal and professional ties, and continue to enhance the value of their degree. O

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Why Veterans Resource Centers are Needed at Universities The veteran population leaving active duty and returning to school is growing every year by the thousands. Today’s job prospects are difficult, with unemployment figures matching those found at the end of World War II. Clearly, veterans returning home need and deserve our assistance with education and career training, as well as with networking for available positions upon completion of their degree or certificate program. Veterans do attempt to go back to school for a degree and to improve their opportunities for a career beyond the military, but many encounter difficulties that often end their educational pursuits. Just because veterans are returning to school does not mean they are being successful. Most veterans do not earn a degree, and while 71 percent of veterans use their GI Bill only 6 percent actually use it all. Veteran students who drop out of higher education programs report a sense of isolation, anger, resentment and financial problems as key reasons they do not persist. What drives these reactions? In many cases it is the inability of the institution to provide adequate support for the unique needs of the veterans. Transitioning from the structured world of a military organization to ferreting out the intricacies of a university enrollment system and adapting to the campus environment is stressful and can be frustrating enough to cause many to leave. Some will pursue other institutions based on fellow veteran’s recommendations, but many will not as they expect a similarly frustrating experience. As the awareness of the problems grow regarding veterans transitioning to campus life, needs assessments have been conducted and are continuing on campuses across the country. These needs assessments are specifically designed to identify barriers veterans encounter when returning to school. Prevalent issues these assessments report are the feeling of isolation and faculty and staff who do not have an understanding of the unique needs of veterans transitioning back to school. From the assessment results, many institutions determine a need for a resource center dedicated to supporting veteran students. These centers have become the “one-stop” shops to focus support efforts for 64 | MAE 6.10

the unique needs of the veteran student. Many of these centers have broadened their scope to include all military affiliated students in addition to veterans, such as active duty, dependents and spouses. Conceptually, the one-stop shop is not a replacement for services already in place on campus, but rather a resource network hub staffed by veterans that have successfully made the transition and are equipped to guide or coach new veteran students. A common area in which veterans seek guidance is navigating the GI Bill or Bills, as this is an area identified to be lacking by many institutions. Some veterans are eligible for more than one GI benefit and making the decision to convert to the new Post9/11 GI Bill is a significant decision and one that is particular to each veteran’s situation. Frustration lies in not having adequate information or someone to help sort out the pros and cons for this decision. At some universities, staff members who advise veteran students are called transition coaches; these coaches are familiar with most, if not all, of the support services available on campus as well as some off campus. In most cases, transition coaches will be able to ease the veteran student’s frustration and provide a direct link to the support needed. One-stop shops are physical locations veterans go to for answers to questions, guidance to available support, study areas, and most importantly, to network with fellow veteran students. Peer-to-peer (vet-to-vet) mentoring has been reported to be one of the most powerful benefits of these centers and encouraging this veteran-to-veteran support provides an opportunity for them to re-embrace the camaraderie they shared while on active duty. The mission of a one-stop shop is to provide a location for all military and veteran students to simplify the transition process from the military to the academic environment. It is at the institution’s own discretion how this transition assistance is provided at their resource center and it is based on available resources such as staffing, including full time and part time, student assistants, Veterans Administration work study students (paid by VA) or volunteers, and available space, such as study space and a computer center to support coursework, www.MAE-kmi.com


lounge area for peer networking, private office for counseling/ advising, veteran housing, etc. There are other names for these one-stop shops used at institutions across the country such as: Veterans Resource Center (University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico), Veteran’s Center (Southern Illinois University Carbondale, San Diego State University), Military and Veterans Resource Center (University of North Florida, University of West Florida), and Veteran Academic Resource Center (University of Central Florida). The names may be different but the concept is the same: a one-stop solution for veteran’s needs. I have listed a variety of examples in hopes that those schools that as yet do not have a veteran resource center will be inspired to build one. Only 22 percent of postsecondary institutions with services for military students and veterans provide transition assistance. As previously stated, the support services provided depends on the resources available for each institution. Opening a veterans resource center does not guarantee success. A foundation of support for the center must be built around campus; this can be done by first creating a veterans support or advisory committee consisting of leaders from departments on campus (deans, registrar, financial aid, admissions, health and wellness counseling, etc.). It is most important to include veteran students. Veteran students know firsthand from their experience on campus the specific services the center can be most helpful providing. This committee can help with the initial planning of the center as well as ongoing communication when the center is up and running, with the intent being to learn what is needed compared to what exists and how to close the gap. A successful business model for services is to determine what the client needs and then give it to them. Most campuses have staff and faculty who are veterans themselves or non-veterans who are eager for an opportunity to assist veteran students. Certainly I have found that to be the case at the University of West Florida. The staff and faculty have already been helping veteran students in their individual areas of the campus but are unknown to each other. This silo effect can be eliminated with a veterans resource center, effectively connecting these individual support functions through a communication network. While a veterans resource center can make a difference for veterans transitioning to campus life for academics, there is another area that should be strongly considered as well. A report released from the National Center for Veterans’ Studies at the University of Utah suggests veteran students have a suicide attempt rate six times higher than the average college student. The study also indicates nearly half of veteran students show www.MAE-kmi.com

symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder. A key component of the veterans resource center would be on-campus counselors trained and ready to support combat war veterans attending classes. Training is available for veteran resource center staff members in suicide prevention techniques such as QPR (question, persuade and refer) Gatekeeper. This sort of training will teach staff how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to refer veterans to the help they need. There can be many facets of a veterans resource center. The primary functions must be a physical place where veteran students can be with fellow veterans, receive effective transition assistance they are comfortable and confident with, and can learn the processes of the university and the GI Bill benefits and build an education plan. I believe the most important aspect of any center, small or large, is a passionate, sincere and dedicated staff willing to listen to their veterans and do what is necessary to assist them resolve their issues. Our veterans do not need nor want to be coddled; they want to understand what is needed to get to where they want to go, how to get through, around or over the barriers preventing them from getting there, and who they can trust for this information. O

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Note from Linda Frank, president of CCME: I want to thank Mr. Marc Churchwell of the University of West Florida for developing this insightful article. See you all in February at the CCME Symposium in Orlando!

For more information, contact MAE Editor Maura McCarthy at mauram@kmimediagroup.com or search our online archives for related stories at www.MAE-kmi.com.

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University of Charleston to Reduce Tuition The University of Charleston has announced a series of initiatives to further its mission in the changing higher education environment and expand access to private higher education to a greater number of middle income families. The initiatives include a 22 percent reduction in tuition for incoming freshmen and transfer students for the fall 2012 semester. The university is guaranteeing that no undergraduate student will pay more than $19,500 for tuition next year. This is a reduction of $5,500 or 22 percent from 2011-12 tuition of $25,000. Tuition for new freshmen and undergraduate transfer students will be $19,500. Tuition for returning undergraduates next year will be $25,500, with a guarantee of at least $6,000 in university aid, ensuring that no student will pay more than $19,500 in tuition. “Thanks to a decade of success, we are in a strong financial position that enables us to make this bold move to reduce tuition,” said University President Edwin Welch. “This change will make a UC education more accessible to more students. We strive to be the best value private institution in the region.” According to Welch, the gap between the advertised price and the actual tuition paid at the University of Charleston—and most private colleges—has been growing during many years of tuition increases. The result is a tuition price tag that discourages many middle income families from applying to the university. “We are revising tuition and financial aid to reflect the real cost of a UC education,” he said. The tuition restructuring is part of a broad system redesign, in which the University of Charleston is looking for ways to be innovative and more cost-effective in the delivery of a quality education. These include expanding fast-track programs for students who know they want a graduate degree. Already, over one-fourth of the students who come to the school as freshmen and stay through graduation complete their degrees in fewer than four years. An additional 10 percent move directly into graduate school without receiving an undergraduate degree. Tuition savings from early graduation, plus extra years of earning power, bring the total cost of education for many students below what students might pay at a public institution.

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Penn Mutual and the American College Launch Center for Veterans Affairs For military veterans, the transition from service back into civilian life can be a rocky road. According to recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans was 10.9 percent in April 2011—a full 2 percent higher than the country’s overall unemployment rate. To assist the more than 135,000 troops still overseas, as well as those that have returned home, two highly respected financial services organizations have created a support center for veterans reentering the workforce—The Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs at The American College. Made possible by a $2.5 million donation from Penn Mutual, the Center for Veterans Affairs actively engages military members in the midst of transitioning out of the service to raise awareness of the opportunities available for them in the financial services industry. Building upon the original military scholarship program The American College began in 2009, the

majority of Penn Mutual’s generous donation will sponsor a new gifting program to help fund financial education for veterans. Through The American College, a leading educator of financial services professionals and holder of the highest level of academic accreditation, the center will also provide the mentoring, education and training to prepare servicemen and women for a successful career. The Center for Veterans Affairs will be led by Executive Director Russell Figueira, MSM, senior vice president at The American College and former Navy officer. With a board of advisers representing individuals from The American College, Penn Mutual and third-party organizations, many of whom are veterans themselves, the Penn Mutual Center for Veterans Affairs at The American College offers an expertly blended approach to providing financial services education and training. All recent veterans are welcome to apply for the scholarship.

Central Michigan Announces Armed Forces Textbook Award Recipients Central Michigan University’s off-campus and online programs recently announced the recipients of its U.S. Armed Forces Textbook Award. The award was presented to 32 students from CMU’s off-campus and online programs for the 2011-12 academic year. Recipients included 17 enlisted personnel, nine officers and six spouses. Each recipient will receive a $150 scholarship that can be used for textbooks. “This award demonstrates how CMU’s off-campus and online programs is truly committed to assisting students with the cost of their education, and for a student like me, any amount is appreciated,” said 2011-12 award recipient Nukelia T. Ealey. Active duty U.S. military personnel and their immediate family members enrolled in CMU off-campus and online programs are eligible to apply for textbook assistance.

The textbook award, which was established in 2009 with initial funding from 13 lead donors and a fundraising campaign, is available to enlisted personnel, warrant officers and commissioned officers in pay grades O-1 through O-3. Today, the award continues to receive donations from alumni, faculty and staff. To date, approximately $18,750 has been awarded to 86 recipients. “CMU is proud to claim over 145 flag officers and numerous other senior officer and enlisted personnel as alumni,” said Merodie A. Hancock, Ph.D., vice president and executive director of off-campus and online programs at Central Michigan University. “Additionally, many graduates have advanced to senior leadership positions within the public and private sectors because of the high-quality degrees they earned from our programs.”

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Michael Jenkins Division Vice President Everest University Online Michael Jenkins served for 23 years in the U.S. Army in both law enforcement operations and recruiting fields. Q: To begin with, could you please provide a brief overview of Everest University Online’s history, mission and curriculum? A: Everest University Online, which has offered online degrees since 2002, is part of the network of more than 100 universities, colleges and institutes operated by Corinthian Colleges Inc. throughout North America. Everest currently serves more than 90,000 students through our ground campuses as well as Everest University Online. This includes more than 3,500 active duty and reserve military personnel and veterans, both in the U.S. and overseas—the majority of whom attend our online programs as they pursue associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in a wide variety of fields including business, information technology, criminal justice and homeland security. Q: What makes Everest University Online unique in the benefits and programs you offer to military servicemembers? A: Small class sizes, no specific log-in times, highly accessible industry professional instructors and our education support services are just some of the reasons that our students love Everest University Online. One of our biggest strengths is our career-long job placement assistance for Everest University Online graduates. We have a career services department focused on finding opportunities for our graduates in their career field. We assist with all aspects of the placement to include resume writing and mock interviewing, as well as forming strong relationships with top employers. Q: What online degree and certificate programs do you offer and how do these distance learning programs fit in with the lives of active duty and transitioning military personnel? 68 | MAE 6.10

A: We offer associate and bachelor’s degrees in accounting, applied management, business administration, computer information systems, criminal investigations, criminal justice, homeland security and paralegal programs. Everest also offers master’s degrees in business administration and criminal justice. Since all of our programs are 100 percent online, in-demand, career-relevant training programs, they are a great fit for active duty and transitioning military personnel. Q: What are some of Everest University Online’s main goals in meeting the future challenges of online education for the military? A: We continue to expand our online offerings and provide new interactive tools that allow our students to master course objectives as thoroughly as if they had attended classes on-site. Accessibility to those programs is also a priority. Everest University Online offers a military scholarship option, offering qualifying active duty military and military spouses online education stipends of up to 50 percent in tuition credit per term, and veteran stipends equivalent to up to 15 percent in tuition. Q: What are some of your most popular programs, and which ones are the most appealing to military students? A: Servicemembers like our applied management programs because they can transfer relevant military and previous college credits in combination with their

experiential portfolios to earn enough credits to complete a degree. This is popular because it reduces the amount of time and cost to finish their education and in doing so, they can enhance their careers while in the service and prepare for the eventual transition to a civilian lifestyle. Military spouses love our portable career programs such as computer information science, paralegal and accounting. They know that the Everest University Online program they choose, paired with career placement, is the perfect solution as they move in support of their military spouse’s work. The homeland security and criminal justice programs have been popular with the military police, the Coast Guard and port authority students, and others looking to start or further their careers within Department of Homeland Security or in local police and sheriffs departments. Q: How has the university positioned itself to serve military students? A: Everest University Online understands our military students need support and flexibility to complete their educational goals. Our programs can be completed 100 percent online, and through the Everest network of colleges, institutes and universities, offer hybrid and ground school options near many military installations. We offer the support of our Military Affairs Division, which has military admissions representatives, financial planners and student services staff, as well a VA certifying official to assist our military students. Our military students also have their own Facebook group, which allows them to stay connected to each other as well to receive relevant information and updates from our Military affairs staff. Q: Do you have any closing thoughts? A: As a career-oriented university, our mission is to keep our programs relevant and our students and employers happy by delivering on the Everest University Online promise to change lives every day. O www.MAE-kmi.com


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Journal of Higher Learning for Today’s Servicemember

Cover and in-Depth Interview with:

Linda Frank President CCME

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