Northern Illinois University has been named to Victory Mediaâs coveted Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ list.
The 2013 Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace Americaâs military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
âIt is a distinction and honor for Northern to be recognized as aÂ Military Friendly SchoolÂŽ because we had nearly 1,000 veteran and military students who attended NIU last year,â said Scott Peska, director of Military Student Services.
In June 2012, NIU was accepted into the Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium, and this fall NIU Undergraduate Admissions is waiving the fee for service members who can provide military documentation.
The Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ media and website feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.Â The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this yearâs list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
âInclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ shows NIUâs commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,â said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media.Â âAs interest in education grows weâre thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.â
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly SchoolÂŽ was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.
The survey tabulation process, methodology and weightings that comprise the 2013 list were independently verified by Ernst and Young LLP.Â Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.
âWe are continually try to make NIU a more supportive and welcoming environment to our military and veteran students,â Peska said.
Events for military students are planned throughout the year, including âTactical Tuesdays.âÂ A full schedule of this semesterâs events is available on the Military Student Services events calendar.
A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly SchoolsÂŽ, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.