Sixth Straight Year on List of Schools Honored for Doing the Most to Embrace Service Members and Returning Veterans
ALBANY (March 10, 2016) — For the sixth consecutive year, The College of Saint Rose has been named a “Military Friendly® School” by Victory Media, publisher of the premier publications for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
The “2016 Military Friendly® Schools” honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. Saint Rose is one of eight Capital Region institutions on the list of more than 1,400 nationwide that give priority to the recruitment of students with military experience. According to Victory Media, these schools embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students to ensure their success in the classroom and after they graduate.
“Veteran students constitute an integral part of our total student body, bringing a diversity of life experiences and educational backgrounds that enrich and strengthen the overall academic experience for all students,” said Saint Rose President Dr. Carolyn Stefanco.
Among the benefits that Saint Rose offers to service members and returning veterans:
• A new on-campus center dedicated to providing the support that veterans need to transition from military to civilian life and succeed in college. The Veteran Center, designated a “Battle Buddy Center” by New York State Industries for the Disabled Inc., offers veterans and military families a quiet space where they can work at computers and work stations, access the Internet, relax in comfortable seating and network with people with a shared experience. On-site staff provide references for veterans with questions about enrollment, health services, disabilities and benefits. The center also offers meeting space for the College’s chapter of the Student Veterans of America and for veterans to meet with Veterans Administration representatives.
• Saint Rose participates voluntarily in the Yellow Ribbon Program of the Post 9/11 GI Bill for an unlimited number of students who qualify for the benefit. The College provides full tuition coverage for as many veterans as are eligible and accepted to attend the College.
• Saint Rose will accept up to 15 credit hours of transfer credit from military training. Additionally, application and deposit fees are waived for members of the military family and parking passes are free for service-connected disabled veterans.
• Saint Rose is an approved work site for the VA work study program, where eligible students can earn nearly $4,000 per academic year by helping other military family members.
Now in its seventh year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Administration-approved schools nationwide. Survey responses are scored against benchmarks, with results independently tested by EY (Ernst & Young) based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media and its independent advisory board.
Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that has served the military community since 2001. The firm publishes G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur and STEM Jobs.