Joanna Norris, Assistant DirectorDepartment of Media Relations and Events(904) 620-2102
Joanna Norris, Assistant Director
Department of Media Relations and Events
The University of North Florida was named a “Military Friendly School” for 2011 by G.I. Jobs magazine. This honor ranks UNF in the top 15 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide, which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. This is the second consecutive year UNF has earned this ranking.
The Military Friendly Schools List, which is an extension of G.I. Job’s six-year-old Military Friendly Employers list, provides military and veteran students a way to discern which schools offer them the most benefits.
“This list is especially important now because the 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. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated and the Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”
Criteria for inclusion in the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students as well as academic accreditations. The Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through exhaustive research, starting last April 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 board.
UNF received a grant earlier in the year for more than $200,000 from the Florida Braive Fund at The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, which allowed the University to establish the Military & Veterans Resource Center on campus. The Center, which will have a soft opening on Friday, Aug. 20, assists veteran students with the often overwhelming admission, enrollment and financial aid processes, providing a supportive environment for veterans to achieve academic and life success.
Last year, UNF started offering the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corp, an educational program of leadership and military skills training, on campus. The UNF program, called “The Fighting Osprey Company,” gives students a chance to get Army training while in college. The University also has students participating in the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at Jacksonville University.
G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business, which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.”
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