Susquehanna Named a Military-Friendly School for Fourth Year
Published on October 5, 2012
Susquehanna University has been named a Military-Friendly School for 2013—the fourth 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 15 percent of 12,000 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. Results are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP.
Nonfinancial military support on campus--programs and policies that provide support to enrolled military students—comprises 30 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 20 percent reflects a school's level of academic accreditation, and actual success in recruiting qualifying students contributes another 14 percent to the score. Academic credit for military service and flexibility for military students each contributes 10 percent, with the remaining 16 percent representing other criteria such as veteran graduation rates and tuition assistance.
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.
“Because of their military experience, veterans often view the world differently from other college students,” said Chris Markle, director of admissions. “They add a maturity and a unique perspective to the classroom experience. Our veterans have done so much for us; at Susquehanna we want to do all we can to enable them to continue their education and succeed in the next chapter of their lives.”
Karen M. Jones