NLU awarded 2014 Military Friendly Schools designation
National Louis University is proud to announce it has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
NLU has a dedicated Veterans Program that helps veterans smoothly transfer from the military to academia -- and eventually to a career in the civilian workplace. Among its many offerings, the program provides military students with a dedicated contact to help them navigate financial aid, credit hours for military service, curriculum advising and academic support, as well as career development services. The university also partners with community organizations that specialize in mental health/social service support, physical and spiritual health, etc. to support veterans returning to earn their degree.
“NLU’s Veterans Program is unique because it includes ‘wrap around’ services to assist student veterans in their transition back to civilian life and academia.” said Steve Curda, special assistant to the president for veterans education. “The services are called ‘wrap around’ because they are not all academically focused, but all play a key role in helping Veteran students succeed in their studies, and life. At NLU, we understand that military veterans have many considerations, beyond academic, when returning to college, and we are doing our best to support them.”
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows NLU’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
The Military Friendly Schools media and Web site, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.
Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and
weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found here. Complete survey methodology is available here.
A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual "Guide to Military Friendly Schools," distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.