SHU Named 'Military Friendly'

National Magazine Honors Institutions That Embrace America's Veterans as Students

Siena Heights University was named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs Magazine.


The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military


“This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”


“We are very proud of the honor,” said SHU Vice President of Enrollment Management C. Patrick Palmer, a military veteran who served with the Special Forces unit during the Vietnam War. “But it’s not just an honor to us. It’s a privilege to serve those who have served us. Military veterans, in particular our combat vets like myself, have found Siena Heights to be very supportive in our continued development. Siena offers veterans a way to make a difference as contributors to our society, a second call to action for our vets.”


The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last May during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Committee (AAC) consisting of educators and administrators from around the country.


A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in September. A new Web site, found at, will launch in September with interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their educational needs.


Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.


The 2010 Military-Friendly School List can be found at

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