Military Advanced Education Publishes Sixth Annual Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities

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More than 300 U.S. Institutions Evaluated In-Depth on Four Military-Friendly Categories “Student-centric” reference helps servicemembers place military-friendly policies in context with their own educational and career goals

Military Advanced Education (MAE) has published its 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, available in print in its December 2012 issue and online at A list of included institutions by state follows the end of this release.
Published since 2005, MAE serves armed services education service officers (ESOs), transition officers (TOs), and other top level commands who work with servicemembers, veterans, and their families during active duty, transition, and post-transition to optimize their armed forces educational benefits.
The Guide presents results of a questionnaire of the military-friendly policies enacted at more than 300 institutions including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year, and two-year colleges. Institutions were evaluated in four areas:

  •     Support: including on-campus child care, on-campus veterans center, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns
  •     Financial: including in-state tuition for active duty servicemembers, Yellow Ribbon program, veteran work-study program, military student-specific scholarships, tuition discounts/scholarships for dependents
  •     Military Culture: including on-campus ROTC, MyCAA approved, membership in Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  •     Flexibility: including online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, presence on military installations

“Six years ago, MAE published its first Guide to Military-Friendly Schools, making it the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type,” said Laural Hobbes, MAE’s editor. “Our ongoing, close collaboration with ESOs and TOs over the years revealed the need for an evaluation tool that would reflect an institution’s military-friendly policies in greater breadth and depth, yet still be easy to use. This year, our Guide delivers the best of both worlds. While it’s based on more comprehensive research, there’s no need to navigate a data maze. Each school’s performance ranking by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This will enable prospective students to quickly target schools that are strongest in the military-friendly policies that are most important to them, and then put these incontext with other academic or career considerations.

“In keeping with our student-centric improvements, we decided to eliminate a ranking system. We’ve presented each school’s performance by category, but ultimately, the ‘best’ choice is a personal decision,” Hobbes added.
Planning an individual educational roadmap: school evaluation and self-assessment go hand in hand

In meetings with his or her ESO, the prospective student should develop a clear picture of what qualities they want in a college or university. At the same time, the student should be evaluating their individual learning styles, capabilities, resources, needs and objectives.

Hobbes noted a recent interview MAE conducted with Sergeant Victoria Datcher, a servicemember at Bagram Airfield, in Afghanistan, who is presently taking face-to-face classes with instructors from University of Maryland University College.

“The most important factors I considered when I chose a university were location and accreditation,” Datcher said. “Location was an important factor because I’m currently deployed. … I enjoy being in a “face to face” class because I get to experience somewhat of a normalized structured school environment, and I enjoy being around other students and hearing their input on assignments and class work.

“Since I’m in the military, I don’t have the luxury of being in one place for an extended amount of time,” Datcher continued. “I need a university with a transcript that would be accepted by other universities. … I don’t want to waste my time in a school that has no accreditation because I plan on being a warrant officer, and in order to be one I must attend an accredited university.”

For some, “military-friendly” is part of a bigger picture
While Datcher’s priorities were in part influenced by the educational resources available while on deployment, another student could have vastly different concerns.

Kirk Brown, publisher of MAE, commented, “What is important for one prospective student in the realm of “military-friendly” may be less important to another. For some veterans, an institution’s academic reputation may be the single most important influencing factor in their selection. Yet, knowing that an institution has a dedicated veterans organization or participates in the Yellow Ribbon program, for example, may help them narrow the playing field. The Guide, in its newest incarnation, is a powerful mechanism to simplify a complex research process—and no two student’s priorities are the same.”

About Military Advanced Education and KMI Media Group, Inc.
Military Advanced Education ( serves education service officers and transition officers at every U.S. military installation, along with the servicemembers they counsel. Published 10 times yearly, MAE’s editorial coverage includes exclusive interviews with military executive leadership, educators, and members of Congress; best practices; career and transition spotlights; servicemember, school, and program profiles; and periodic special reports. KMI Media Group, Inc. ( is the leading independent publisher of targeted information about military requirements, technologies and operations. Serving as a unique forum for senior military and Department of Defense leadership, KMI focuses on distinct and essential communities within the defense market.

Columbia Southern University, Orange Beach    
Herzing University, Birmingham
J.F. Drake State Technical College, Huntsville    
The University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville    
Troy University, Troy    
United States Sports Academy,    Daphne    
University of Montevallo, Montevallo    
University of North Alabama, Florence    
Virginia College ,Birmingham    

Arkansas State University, State University    
Mid-South Community College, West Memphis    
Pulaski Technical College, North Little Rock    
University of Arkansas at Monticello,Monticello    
University of Arkansas , Fort Smith, Fort Smith    

Brighton College, Scottsdale    
Dunlap-Stone University, Phoenix
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,Prescott
Grand Canyon University, Phoenix
Rio Salado College, Tempe
University of Phoenix, Phoenix

Allied American University, Laguna Hills    
American Graduate University,    Covina     
Argosy University, Orange    
Brandman University,    Irvine    
California Southern University,    Irvine    
California State University - San Bernardino, San Bernardino    
California State University - Chico, Chico    
California State University - Stanislaus, Turlock    
Community Business College,    Modesto    
Golf Academy of America, San Diego    
Henley-Putnam University, Santa Clara    
Humboldt State University, Arcata    
New York Film Academy, Los Angeles    
San Diego City College,    San Diego    
Santa Clara University,    Santa Clara    
Southern California Institute of Technology, Anaheim    
Trident University International, Cypress    
United States University, Chula Vista    
University of San Diego, San Diego

American Sentinel University,Aurora    
Aspen University, Denver    
Colorado State University-Global Campus, Greenwood Village    
Colorado State University-Pueblo, Pueblo
Colorado Technical University,    Colorado Springs    
Ecotech Institute, Aurora    
Jones International University,    Centennial    
Metropolitan State University of Denver, Denver
Regis University, Denver    

Albertus Magnus College, New Haven    
Asnuntuck Community College, Enfield    
Charter Oak State College, New Britain    
Post University, Waterbury    
University of New Haven, West Haven    

District of Columbia
Graduate School USA
The Catholic University of America

Barry University, Miami Shores    
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University,    Daytona Beach, Prescott
Everest University Online, Tampa
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne    
Kaplan University, Ft Lauderdale
Keiser University, Ft. Lauderdale    
Saint Leo University, Saint Leo
The Baptist College of Florida,    Graceville    
The University of Tampa, Tampa    
University of Florida Online Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Outcomes & Policy Program, Gainesville    
University of Florida,Gainesville    
University of North Florida, Jacksonville    
University of West Florida, Pensacola    

Ashworth College, Norcross    
Columbus State University, Columbus    
Darton State College,    Albany    
Georgia Southern University, Statesboro
North Georgia College & State University, Dahlonega    
Wiregrass Ga. Technical College, Valdosta    

Chaminade University of Honolulu, Honolulu    
Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu

Graceland University,    Lamoni    
Upper Iowa University,    Fayette    
William Penn University, Oskaloosa    

Boise State University,    Boise    

American InterContinental University,    Schaumburg    
College of Lake County, Grayslake    
DeVry University, Downers Grove
East-West University,Chicago
Governors State University, University Park    
Illinois State University, Normal
Parkland College, Champaign     
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville    
Western Illinois University, Macomb     

Huntington University, Huntington
Indiana State University, Terre Haute
Indiana Tech, Fort Wayne    
Indiana University- Purdue University, Indianapolis    
Indiana Wesleyan University,Marion
ITT Technical Institutes, Carmel    
Vincennes University,    Vincennes    

Ashford University, Clinton    
University of Iowa,    Iowa City     
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls

Barton Community College, Fort Riley / Fort Leavenworth/Great Bend
Fort Hays State University, Hays    
Kansas State University, Manhattan    
Manhattan Area Technical College, Manhattan    
Southwestern College,    Winfield    
University of Kansas, Lawrence    

Jefferson Community and Technical College, Louisville    
Lindsey Wilson College, Columbia    

American International College, Springfield    
Bristol Community College, Fall River    
Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy    
Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley Hills    
National Graduate School of Quality Management, Falmouth    
Northeastern University, Boston    
University of Massachusetts, Amherst    
Westfield State University, Westfield    

Anne Arundel Community College, Arnold    
Capitol College, Laurel    
Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore    
Howard Community College, Columbia
Maryland Institute College of Art,Baltimore    
Towson University, Towson    

University of Southern Maine,    Portland

Baker College Online, Flint    
Central Michigan University Global Campus,Mt. Pleasant    
Ferris State University,    Big Rapids    
Grand Valley State University,    Allendale    
Madonna University, Livonia    
Siena Heights University, Adrian    
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor    
Western Michigan University,    Kalamazoo    

Broadview University (All campuses),Woodbury    
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth    
Globe University ( All Campuses), Woodbury    
Hamline University, St Paul    
Inver Hills Community College, Inver Grove Heights    
Metropolitan State University,    St. Paul    
Minnesota School of Business ( All campuses), Woodbury    
St Cloud State University, St Cloud    
Winona State University, Winona    

Columbia College of Missouri,Columbia    
Grantham University, Kansas City    
Jefferson College, Hillsboro    
Missouri State University, Springfield    
Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla    
Park University, Parkville    
Saint Louis University,    St. Louis    
State Fair Community College,    Sedalia    
Webster University, St Louis    

Carroll College, Helena
University of Great Falls, Great Falls    

Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Wesson    
Mississippi State University, Mississippi State

North Carolina    
Coastal Carolina Community College,Jacksonville    
Fayetteville Technical Community College, Fayetteville    
Methodist University,    Fayetteville    
Nash Community College, Rocky Mount    
University of North Carolina –Pembroke, Pembroke
University of North Carolina –Wilmington, Wilmington    
Western Carolina University, Cullowhee    

Bellevue University, Bellevue    
University of Nebraska at Omaha, Omaha    
University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha

New Hampshire
Granite State College,    Concord    
New England College,    Henniker    

New Jersey
Burlington County College, Pemberton    
Caldwell College, Caldwell    
Mercer County Community College, Trenton    
Monmouth University,    West Long Branch    
New Jersey City University, Jersey City    
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick/ Camden/Newark
Thomas Edison State College,    Trenton    

New York    
Adelphi University, Garden City    
Berkeley College, New York    
Canisius College, Buffalo    
CUNY Baccalaureate for Unique and Interdisciplinary Studies, New York    
Daemen College, Amherst    
D'Youville College, Buffalo    
Elmira College,    Elmira    
Erie Community College, Buffalo    
Excelsior College, Albany    
Fordham University, New York    
Hofstra University, Hempstead    
Medaille College, Buffalo    
Mercy College,    Dobbs Ferry    
Monroe Community College, Webster    
Nazareth College of Rochester, Rochester    
New York Chiropractic College,    Seneca Falls    
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn    
Paul Smith's College,Paul Smiths    
Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester    
St. Joseph's College, Patchogue    
State University of New York at Canton, Canton    
State University of New York at Potsdam, Potsdam    
SUNY Empire State College, Saratoga    
SUNY Maritime College, The Bronx
SUNY Oswego,    Oswego    
Syracuse University, Syracuse    
The City University of New York, New York    
Utica College,    Utica    
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, Flushing    

New Mexico
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque    

North Dakota
Bismarck State College, Bismarck    
Mayville State University, Mayville    
University of Mary,Bismarck    
University of North Dakota, Grand Forks    

Brown Mackie College,    Cincinnati
Central Ohio Technical College, Newark    
Franklin University, Columbus
Heidelberg University,    Tiffin    
The Ohio State University, Columbus    
The University of Findlay, Findlay    
Wright State University, Dayton    

Cameron University, Lawton
The University of Oklahoma, Norman    
St. Gregory's University College for Working Adults, Tulsa    

Oregon Institute of Technology, Klamath Falls    
Warner Pacific College, Portland    

Arcadia University, Glenside    
Clarion University of Pennsylvania, Clarion
Drexel University Online, Phildadelphia    
Duquesne University,    Pittsburgh    
Keystone College, La Plume    
Kutztown University of Pennsylvania,    Kutztown    
Lackawanna College, Scranton    
Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell    
Neumann University, Aston    
Penn State World Campus, University Park    
Thiel College, Greenville    
Washington & Jefferson College, Washington    
West Chester University(MBA Program), West Chester    

Rhode Island
Roger Williams University, Bristol    
Salve Regina University, Newport    

South Carolina
The Citadel, Charleston    
Coastal Carolina University, Conway    
Clemson University, Clemson    
Limestone College, Gaffney

South Dakota
Mitchell Technical Institute, Mitchell    

Central Texas College,    Killeen    
Coastal Bend College, Beeville
Collin College,    McKinney    
Del Mar College, Corpus Christi    
Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene    
Kilgore College    ,Kilgore    
Lamar University, Beaumont    
McMurry University, Abilene    
Texas A&M International University,Laredo    
Texas A&M University,    College Station    
Texas State Technical College West Texas, Sweetwater    
Texas Tech University, Lubbock    
Texas Wesleyan University, Fort Worth    
The University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson    
University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Belton    
University of North Texas, Denton    
University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio    
University of Texas Brownsville/Texas Southernmost College, Brownsville    
Wayland Baptist University, Plainview    
Weatherford College,    Weatherford    
West Texas A&M University, Canyon    

Austin Peay State University,Clarksville
Carson-Newman College, Jefferson City    
Huntington College of Health Sciences, Knoxville    
Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville    
University of Memphis, Memphis    
Vanderbilt University,    Nashville    

Utah State University, Logan    
Western Governors University, Salt Lake City

Averett University, Danville    
Blue Ridge Community College, Weyers Cave
Bryant & Stratton College, Hampton Campus, Hampton    
Bryant & Stratton College, Richmond Campus,    Richmond    
Bryant & Stratton College, Virginia Beach Campus, Virginia Beach    
College of William & Mary, Williamsburg    
Eastern Shore Community College, Melfa    
ECPI University, Virginia Beach    
Liberty University, Lynchburg    
Norfolk State University, Norfolk
Northern Virginia Community College,    Annandale
Old Dominion University, Norfolk    
Regent University, Virginia Beach    
Stratford University, Falls Church    
Tidewater Community College, Norfolk    
University of Fairfax, Vienna    
University of Management and Technology, Arlington    
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg    

Norwich University, Northfield    

City University of Seattle, Bellevue
Eastern Washington University, Cheney    
Heritage Unversity, Toppenish    
Olympic College, Bremerton
Saint Martin's University, Lacey    
Washington State University, Pullman    

West Virginia
Davis & Elkins College,    Elkins    
Marshall University, Huntington    
Ohio Valley University,    Parkersburg    

Milwaukee School of Engineering, Milwaukee    
University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire
University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh, Oshkosh    
University of Wisconsin-Platteville Online, Platteville    
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Whitewater

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