Susquehanna University Named a Military-Friendly School for Third Consecutive Year
Published on November 9, 2011
Susquehanna University has been named a Military-Friendly School for 2012—the third year in a row—by G.I.Jobs, a publication that provides education, assistance and job opportunities for people transitioning from military service. The designation places Susquehanna among the 20 percent of 8,000 evaluated colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that offer the best education, value and welcoming environment to military transitioners.
G.I.Jobs produces the Military-Friendly Schools list by researching government agencies and private entities that administer education benefits and by conducting a comprehensive survey of schools. Research findings are then compiled and weighted to determine a final score.
Certifications, programs and policies that measure a school’s nonfinancial efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students comprise 45 percent of the score. For example, military students called to active service can return to Susquehanna without penalty, and the school offers an ROTC program in partnership with nearby Bucknell University.
Another 32 percent reflects a school’s financial commitment to recruiting and retaining these students. Susquehanna participates in the national Yellow Ribbon program, a supplement to the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition for eligible veterans. To cover the gap between the highest public in-state tuition and Susquehanna’s tuition, the university splits the difference equally with the Veterans Administration, making the school tuition-free for qualifying U.S. veterans and their families.
A school’s actual success in recruiting qualifying students contributes another 15 percent to the score, with the remaining 5 percent representing other criteria such as academic accreditations.
“Our veterans have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we enjoy. At Susquehanna, we are pleased to be able to help these men and women continue their education,” said Chris Markle, director of admissions. “Veterans add maturity and a unique perspective to the classroom experience. We do all we can to help them make the transition from soldier to student.”
Karen M. Jones