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VSU named to Military Friendly® list

Published date: October 9, 2014

Virginia State University has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds.  The Military Friendly® list provides service members with transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.  The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. 

The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

In its effort to promote a Military Friendly® environment, VSU has established an atmosphere of loyalty and trust between military-affiliated students and the faculty;  developed and maintained positive and productive relationships with branches of the military, Department of Defense (DoD) and related service agencies; and marketed efforts to increase VSU’s presence in educational military population.     

VSU works directly with the DoD and the armed forces to increase access to the University’s programs, while honoring the service of the country’s military men and women. These efforts include a recently enacted Military Academic Credit Policy, under which VSU accepts military related educational credit from military students and the University’s long-standing Military Student Deployment Policy, which provides tuition relief, refunds and reinstatement of students whose service requires a sudden withdrawal or a prolonged absence from their enrollment at VSU.  The University also has in place a long-time partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to allow eligible Service members (and families) to use their education and training benefits to fund their education.   

Virginia State University was recently selected as a charter member of the Academic Institution for Military Students (AIMS) Network. This network supports educational services and support to service members. The University also has a Memorandum of Understanding with the DoD Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness to accept funds via each military branch’s Tuition Assistance program, in exchange for educational services.  

For more information on VSU’s military programs, contact Mr. Rossie Johnson, Director of Military Affairs at (804) 504-7028 or rdjohnson@vsu.edu

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