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Oct. 3, 2014
Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Northwest Missouri State University a 2015 Military Friendly School in recognition of the University’s commitment to embracing military service members, veterans and their family members and ensuring their success on campus.
This marks the third consecutive year Northwest has been named on the list, which honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are delivering the best experience for military students.
“This designation shows that as a University we have systems and policies in place to help currently serving guardsman, reservists and veterans with any needs they may have,” said Dr. Mark Corson, a Northwest professor of geography and U.S. Army veteran who assists with advising military students at the University. “We actively work with currently serving military members to accommodate their training and deployments and provide services with VA benefits.”
The list is compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools approved for VA tuition funding. According to Victory Media, about 1,600 colleges, universities and trade schools made this year’s list.
The survey findings are compiled and weighted to determine a final score based on a number of categories including military support on campus, academic credibility, percent of military students and academic credit for military service
Northwest, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, offers a range of degree and certification programs that benefit military students. Northwest also is VA approved, gives credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST). The University follows American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations when granting credit for military experience or from other regionally accredited institutions as transcripts are evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Further enhancing its services for veterans, Northwest and the Missouri Veterans Commission are partnering to host a Veteran Service Officer in the University’s Dean L. Hubbard Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE). Office hours are 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. during the first and third Mondays of every month in Room 1222 of the CIE. The service is free and patrons may learn more by calling the CIE at 660.562.1710.
Additionally, a Northwest advisor assists veterans with career placement and the University has full-time veteran counselors on its staff. Northwest has veteran organizations on its campus, including Northwest Student Veterans Association and its Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program. Northwest also offers a variety of scholarships for military personnel and veterans, and military students called to active service may return to Northwest without a penalty.
With an enrollment of more than 6,700 students, Northwest is a coeducational, primarily residential four-year university that offers a broad range of undergraduate and selected graduate programs. This fall, Northwest is ranked as the top moderately selective regional university in Missouri on U.S. News and World Report’s list of “2015 Best Colleges.”
The University boasts a 59 percent graduation rate, which is about 20 percent higher than the national average. In addition, 98 percent of Northwest bachelor’s degree earners and 99 percent of master’s degree earners secure employment or continue their education within six months of graduation, according to the most recent data.
Furthermore, its vibrant and diverse learning community offers more than 150 student organizations, and textbooks and a laptop are included in tuition, which is among the lowest in the state, saving students an estimated $7,200 over four years. Northwest also offers 1,200 student employment positions, allowing students to build professional skills through its internationally benchmarked student employment program.
Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
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Northwest Missouri State University
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