Frostburg State University Named Military Friendly for Seventh Straight Year

Jan 16, 2018 1:40 PM

Victory Media, which serves military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Frostburg State University to its coveted Military Friendly® Schools list for the seventh year in a row. The Military Friendly® Schools list honors colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that go above and beyond to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“We are honored to serve our veteran and military service men and women. We are committed to helping them make a smooth transition into our University community and then to move forward in their civilian careers following their service,” said FSU President Ron Nowaczyk. “We will continue to welcome them into our student body, as it is our privilege to serve those who have served us.”

Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school where they can receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

FSU is home to a Veterans Center that serves as a base for student veterans and dependents of veterans and helps ensure they receive the resources, representation and academic benefits they have earned. The Veterans Center hosts the Veterans Services Office and the Student Veterans of America organization and offers a lounge, kitchen and outdoor area for veterans to use, and a Veterans Affairs counselor is on-site weekly. Members of the Student Veterans Association additionally perform numerous community and alumni outreach through fundraisers and programs.

FSU is also home to a chapter of SALUTE, the first national higher education honor society for student veterans and military service members.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. For the first time, student survey data was taken into consideration for the designation. More than 1,300 schools participated in the 2018 survey; 849 were awarded with the designation.

Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

FSU will be showcased along with other 2018 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly® Schools,” special education issues of “G.I. Jobs®” and “Military Spouse” magazines, and on www.militaryfriendly.com.

According to Daniel Nichols, a U.S. Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps veterans make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

For more information about services to military and veteran students and their dependents at FSU, contact the FSU Veterans Services Office at 301-687-4409 or vets@frostburg.edu.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.