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Boise State Listed as ‘Military Friendly’ by G.I. Jobs Magazine for Third Year Running

By:    Published 8:57 am / September 12, 2011

Boise State was named a military friendly school on Sept. 12 by G.I. Jobs magazine, which provides information about education, transition assistance and job opportunities for military families transitioning to civilian life.

This is the third consecutive year Boise State has received the honor. More than one in 10 Boise State students are veterans of the U.S. military, around 2,200 total.

“With such a large population of active military and veterans, Boise State is consciously creating a campus culture that provides these service men and women, as well as their families, with the support and resources they need to be successful college students,” said Mara Affre, director of enrollment services at Boise State, who has responsibility for the university’s veteran outreach programs. “It is important to us as a university that their service to our country is recognized and rewarded in a way that demonstrates the Boise State community’s appreciation for their sacrifice.”

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students and was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Criteria include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America. “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

Schools on the list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more.

For more information visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, which features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.