Lakewood, N.J., November 11, 2016—Georgian Court University is certainly military friendly. That’s the message conveyed by GCU student veterans who say they count on administrators and staff professionals to help them navigate college life. The same goes for professors who respect their military service and incorporate their diverse life experiences into class discussions.
Such examples of campus culture and commitment to student veterans are among the factors that make Georgian Court University a 2017 Military Friendly® School, according to Victory Media. The company, which publishes GI Jobs®, STEM Jobs®, and Military Spouse, recently named 1,160 schools to the list, considered the most comprehensive resource for military veterans in the nation.
“We are privileged to be among the nation’s Military Friendly® schools and honored to serve our veteran students,” said Justin G. Roy, GCU’s dean of admissions. “They have given selflessly—and without hesitation—on behalf of our country. In return, they deserve our very best in the classroom and in their campus experience.”
At GCU, support for veterans goes beyond academics. In 2015, the GCU Office of Institutional Advancement worked with an anonymous donor to establish the Georgian Court University Military Veterans Endowed Scholarship.
The scholarship provides tuition support to veterans with a special focus on those who were injured during their service. That year, GCU also opened a small Veterans Lounge to give veteran students a place to meet, talk, or simply grab a cup of coffee between classes.
Military Friendly® Schools Matter
Military Friendly® schools are evaluated using public data and responses to Victory Media’s own survey. Upward of 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey. While the methodology used to rate them was comprehensive, final ratings also considered factors such as student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence, and loan default rates for all students and especially for veterans.
“Our ability to provide a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions of our nation’s student veterans,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media.
GCU, which participates in the Yellow Ribbon program for military veterans, will be showcased as a 2017 Military Friendly® School in Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of GI Jobs® and Military Spouse magazine, as well as on militaryfriendly.com.
To learn more about services and programs available to veteran students at GCU, including the Yellow Ribbon Program, call 732-987-2680.Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is Central and South Jersey’s only Catholic university. GCU is a comprehensive, coeducational university with a strong liberal arts core and a historic special concern for women. As a forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court expands possibility for more than 2,100 students of all faiths and backgrounds in 33 undergraduate majors and more than 10 graduate programs. In 2015, GCU was named #25 among MONEY® magazine’s “Top 50 Colleges That Add the Most Value” and a Best Bang for the Buck School by Washington Monthly. GCU has also been recognized by The Economist and Colleges of Distinction and is a Military Friendly® School. The main campus is located in Lakewood, New Jersey, on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, also serves students at other locations, such as GCU at Hazlet, and through multiple online certificate and degree programs.