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Press Release for Thursday, November 17, 2016

UNF Recognized ‘Top School’ by Military Advanced Education and Transition

 Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Director
Department of Public Relations
(904) 620-2102

 Military Advanced Education & Transition has awarded University of North Florida the designation of a Top School in its 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities, measuring best practices in military and veteran education.

The Guide, to be released next month online at, presents results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at hundreds of institutions, including private, public, for-profit, not-for-profit, four-year and two-year colleges. From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE&T’s 2017 Guide to Colleges & Universities arms students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.

“The Military and Veterans Resource Center at UNF is honored to be recognized as a Top School for military and veteran students,” said Theresa Hammock, MVRC program services coordinator. “We make it our mission to support every Osprey veteran from their first day of class to graduation, and continuously advocate for over 1300 active duty military, veterans, reservists and military families on campus and in the community.”

Now in its 10th year of publishing the Guide, MAE&T was the first publication to launch a reference tool of this type. This year, institutes were evaluated on their military culture, financial aid, flexibility, general support, on-campus support and online support services. Each school’s performance rating by category is represented by an easy-to-recognize dashboard. This enables prospective students to quickly target schools that follow best practices in military education, and then put these in context with other academic or career considerations.

UNF’s veteran population using the Post-9/11 GI Bill has grown at an average of 9 percent per year for the last five years and now numbers more than 1,300 student veterans or their family dependents—with 1 one of every 14 students at the University being a veteran. UNF has 61 active duty, 599 veteran students and 630 military dependents.

In 2009, UNF established a Task Force and received a grant for more than $200,000 from the Florida BrAIve Fund at The Community Foundation in Jacksonville, which allowed the University to establish the MVRC on campus. With renovated spaces, the Center opened its doors in August 2010.

“MAE&T’s Guide to Colleges and Universities provides the foundational information a prospective student would use in framing his or her educational needs,” said Kelly Fodel, Military Advanced Education & Transition’s editor-in-chief.

The 2017 Guide is printed in the December issue of Military Advanced Education &Transition and is also published in a searchable database online. Students have access to all the survey questions and answers provided by the schools, as well as explanations about critical issues like activation and deployment policies, withdrawal policies, scholarship and financial aid information and important support information.

Military Advanced Education & Transition is the journal of higher education for service members and veterans making the transition from military to the civilian sector.
Covering issues and hot topics in higher education, career trends, transition assistance, innovative programs and schools of special interest to the military, MAE&T focuses on news and resources that will empower a military student to pursue a quality education and rewarding career.

The UNF MVRC’s mission is to provide a broad range of student services and resources focused on the unique needs of today’s military veterans, service members and their families in order to enhance their smooth transition from the military environment to campus life, leading to academic success, graduation and employment opportunities.
UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.