ISU was once again included in the Military Friendly Schools listing published by Victory Media honoring the top 20 percent of colleges supporting educational pursuits of veterans.
ISU has been participating in the Victory Media survey since its inception in 2009. It was designated a military-friendly school in the first listing in 2010 and has been designated as such in each subsequent listing.
“ISU is listed in the annual ‘Guide to Military Friendly Schools’ and on ‘Military Friendly Schools’ website,” Judy Curtis, coordinator of Veteran Services, said.
“Those veterans or active duty military members who wish to pursue a college degree can use this as a tool to find a school that fits their needs in terms of cost, programs and services,” she added.
More than 12,000 colleges and universities completed the survey.
“Over the course of the last two years, the criteria has become more stringent,” Curtis said.
“It includes major programs and degrees offered, tuition rates, program approval for U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs education benefits, military withdrawal policy for those called to service, and services to student-veterans that include orientation and advising.”
The Office of Veterans Services serves as the primary contact for veterans. They inform veterans of the various educational benefits available and help them utilize these benefits.
Being a part of this list brings ISU to the forefront, making the university more visible to those who otherwise would not know of it, Curtis added.
Some of the amenities the Office of Veterans Services supplies are workshops and seminars offered by the Career Center for student-veterans to assist with translating military skills to civilian equivalence.
Also, they offer in-state residency to all veterans, guardsmen and reservists.
Additionally,he Veterans Study Center, located in Moulton Hall, is available for use by student veterans. The center provides a place for students to gather, network and study.
“Basically everything I’ve needed they have been on top of,” twice deployed sophomore Michael McCallister said.
David Sanford, ROTC recruiting officer at ISU, believes the listing will have a positive impact on enrollment in the future.
“When you see ISU, which has been on the list for many years, versus this school which has never made it, I’m not going to give the money I get for my tuition to that school,” Sanford said. “It is going to come to ISU where I know I am supported.”