G.I. Jobs magazine recently released its list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools, with 13 Mississippi colleges making the grade.
William Carey University, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and the University of Southern Mississippi are listed among the Mississippi schools.
The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students.
The publication surveys student veterans and uses feedback to provide prospective military students with insight into the student-veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews and current students.
"Our veteran services initiative promotes the academic, professional and personal development and success of student veterans through support services and campus resources that include mentoring and building camaraderie," MGCCC President Mary S. Graham said.
For USM, the announcement comes after the university launched an accelerated program for veterans with medical service training to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing at its Gulf Park campus. USM also just opened a new Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families.
"The University of Southern Mississippi's commitment to providing quality educational opportunities for veterans, active duty military members and their families has been well documented," USM President Rodney D. Bennett said. "This official designation publicly signals our openness and ability to work with men and women who have devoted their lives to protect and to serve, and I am excited that this recognition places us among select institutions who intentionally focus efforts on supporting this important group of students."
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