Valencia College has been named a “military-friendly school” for the second year in a row.
The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Valencia’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
More than 3,300 veterans are enrolled in classes at Valencia this fall. Valencia provides veterans services on all of its campuses, including assistance with VA benefits, student support, workshops and activities. There’s also a student veterans club, a veterans-only speech class, and professional development to help faculty recognize the unique challenges of veterans in integrating into the college environment.
Now in its fifth year, the Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP, based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.
This year’s Military Friendly Schools list criteria also incorporated a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on reviews from current students.