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Originally published: 2013-09-23 11:02:37
Last modified: 2013-09-23 11:03:21

ASU named Military Friendly School for 2014

by Community Report

Victory Media has awarded Appalachian State University the designation of Military Friendly School for 2014. ASU has received this designation annually since 2010.

"Competition for the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list was fierce, and as a result we raised the already stringent criteria to a higher benchmark," said Rich McCormack, president of Victory Media Inc.

Now in its fifth year, the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veteran Affairs tuition funding. The designation places ASU in the Top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country 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 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Appalachian's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools."

The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. According to Victory Media, these schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served. Complete survey methodology is available at http://militaryfriendly.com/methodology.

More than 350 military-affiliated students enrolled at Appalachian during the 2012-13 academic year.
Features that make Appalachian a Military Friendly School include in-state tuition without residency requirements for active-duty military students and dependents. Military students, if called to active service during a semester, may return without penalty. Appalachian also participates in the Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts program.

Appalachian has a ROTC program and military specific clubs and organizations. The university's academic program is regionally and programmatically accredited and VA approved. It accepts and gives credit for the College Level Examination Program and for military training and experience. Evening programs provide schedule flexibility and on-campus living requirements are waived for veterans. Military members and their family have access to on-campus child care facilities and full-time counselors and/or advisors.