Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) to its coveted Military Friendly Schools list. This is the third straight year CSULB has received the designation.
The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Cal State Long Beach’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
The Military Friendly Schools website features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience
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 experience.
“We are honored to serve our nation’s veterans and military students at Cal State Long Beach. Their presence here adds diversity, maturity, and a global perspective to our classrooms and campus life,” said CSULB President F. King Alexander. “As our veterans and military personnel look into pursuing their educational goals, we encourage them to consider CSULB, and we look forward to serving them just as they have served our nation, with total commitment.”
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.
Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs “Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The guide and associated media will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9 between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.