Ohio University

Ohio University named one of the nation’s top military-friendly schools for the ninth consecutive year

Published: February 24, 2020 Author: Staff reports

Ohio University is proud to announce it has been named one of the nation’s top military-friendly schools for 2020-2021 by Viqtory Media, a veteran-owned company and publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine. OHIO has ranked in the top 10 for the last three years in a row, placing sixth this year among Tier 2 research institutions.

The 2020 Military Friendly Schools® list honors colleges, universities and trade schools across the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and dependents as students and ensure their success on campus. It’s the ninth year in a row OHIO has received the Military Friendly® designation.

To compile the rankings, Viqtory measures how well an institution’s recruiting program engages prospective military students and educates them once they’re enrolled.

“It is an honor for Ohio University to be recognized for the ninth consecutive year as a military-friendly school,” Ohio University President M. Duane Nellis said. “We recognize the challenges facing service members and their families and want to ensure they have access to education, development and the support that they deserve.”

At Ohio University, the Veterans and Military Student Services Center provides programs and services for student veterans, military personnel and their family members, including:

  • A wide variety of social and academic support outlets
  • Participation in a military-focused transition seminar
  • Priority course registration
  • Assistance transitioning from military to academic life
  • Assistance with deployment and training issues
  • Access to OHIO’s Commuter and Veterans Lounge
  • Graduation stoles recognizing their branch of service and rank

OHIO met the 100 percent standard on the six standards to qualify as a Military Friendly® school: academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention.

“Being named in the top 10 for a third year in a row is a testament to the commitment of our university leadership, at all levels, to provide the best support possible for our students,” said Lt. Col. (Ret) Terry St. Peter, interim director of the Veterans and Military Student Services Center at Ohio University. “The OHIO Veterans and Military Student Services Center aims to be the point of contact for all of our military-affiliated students and constantly looks for new and innovative ways to enhance our support to students. The support we provide is focused on enhancing the university experience and assisting our students in achieving academic success.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school, along with personal opinion data and feedback from veterans.

Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

For more information about Ohio University’s commitment to military veterans and available academic opportunities, contact the Veterans and Military Student Services Center at veteranscenter@ohio.edu or 740-566-VETS (8387).