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Liberty named to 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities

January 25, 2013  | 

Liberty University Online has once again been named as one of Military Advanced Education's top military friendly schools as published in its 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Colleges and Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities, and nationally known centers of higher learning, “MAE’s 2013 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities” provides prospective students with information about institutions that go out of their way to implement military-friendly policies in support of our men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institutions for inclusion in the guide are: the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC), Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns, to name a few.

 “Inclusion in this year’s guide is especially significant,” said Publisher Kirk Brown. “Our ongoing collaboration with Educational Service Officers and Transition Officers over the years revealed the need for an evaluation tool that addressed an institution’s military-friendly policies in greater breadth and depth. First, we expanded the scope of the questionnaire. Next, we’ve displayed the survey results for each school in an easy-to-use dashboard. By doing so, we’re enabling prospective students to quickly hone in on schools which are strongest in the military-friendly policies most important to them, and then, put these in context with other academic or career considerations.”

“Another change for this year’s guide is the inclusion of the results for all the schools that responded to our questionnaire,” Laural Hobbes, MAE’s editor, added. “We believe that having as much data as possible will help prospective students make a well-informed decision about which school best suits their needs. In light of this, we removed the word “Top” from the guide’s name to reflect that it is ultimately up to the student to decide which school is the best fit. Although we are not ranking schools in the guide, we have recognized the schools that exhibited strong military-friendly policies with an MAE top military-friendly logo to use in their promotional materials.”

“It is a privilege to be named among the nation’s best military-friendly schools,” Liberty Online’s Executive Director of Admissions Steve Peterson said. “As a university, we are proud to support America’s service members, veterans, and their families by helping them take their education to the next level.”

Liberty University enrolls more than 20,000 service members each year. To honor their service and to prepare military personnel and their spouses for a military career and beyond, benefits including tuition discounts, fee waivers, and book vouchers are offered. As a military-friendly institution, Liberty holds many other distinct honors, including its ranking as No. 2 among top online and nontraditional colleges in the 2013 Best for Vets student survey conducted by “Military Times Edge.” Liberty has been listed three years in a row as a military-friendly school by “GI Jobs” magazine.

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