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Appalachian retains its military friendly school status

BOONE—Appalachian State University continues to be recognized as a military friendly school by Victory Media, which compiles the annual Military Friendly Schools list.

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Appalachian has received this designation annually since 2010.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation for 2015 was awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one that is much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

Victory Media’s Military Friendly® Schools listing, now in its sixth year, is based on a data-driven survey of more than 50 leading practices in supporting military students and is available free of charge to the more than 8,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

Victory Media’s online Schools Matchmaker enables student veterans and prospective military students to review more than 4,000 schools approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill tuition benefits, as well as schools that have earned the elite Military Friendly® Schools designation. This year, the list of approximately 1,600 Military Friendly® Schools highlights those institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students. Schools earned rights to the coveted Military Friendly® trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment.

“Our goal is to get all 8,000 schools approved for taxpayer-backed Post-9/11 GI Bill funding into the Schools Matchmaker in 2015, and to have them participate in our free survey assessment,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The more transparent schools are in what they offer, the better decisions military students can make with their hard-earned benefits—and the more we can share leading practices among schools.”

Appalachian’s Office of Admissions maintains a website for veterans and military service members considering enrolling at the university. The university also has veteran counselors or advisors on staff, a veteran specific page on the university’s financial aid website, a chapter of the Student Veterans Association on campus and assists veterans with career placement.

Appalachian offers in-state tuition without residency requirements for military students who are in the N.C. National Guard or on active duty at a military base within North Carolina.

The complete Military Friendly® Schools list is available at