MVAA rankings announced for 2015-16 school year

LANSING, Mich. – Student veterans and their dependents can now choose from more than 50 veteran-friendly schools committed to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to better support their academic and transitional needs.

The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits.

The 2015 rankings are now available on MichiganVeterans.com/vetfriendlyschools. Fifty-seven schools earned either bronze-, silver- or gold-level status as determined by the number of services they offer to student veterans, which are also listed on the webpage.

“Nearly half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieved a gold-level designation, which is a huge achievement,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “Whether schools offer an active student veterans club, on-campus support staff, accelerated learning programs for military experience or all of the above and more, veterans attending these institutions have a variety of services and resources available to them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”

The rankings for the 2015-16 academic year are:

GOLD

Baker College*

  • Central Michigan University
  • Davenport University
  • Delta College
  • Eastern Michigan University*
  • Ferris State University*
  • Grand Valley State University*
  • Henry Ford Community College
  • Lansing Community College*
  • Macomb Community College
  • MIAT College of Technology*
  • Michigan State University*
  • Mott Community College
  • Muskegon Community College
  • North Central Michigan College*
  • Northern Michigan University*
  • Northwestern Michigan College
  • Saginaw Valley State University
  • Siena Heights University
  • Spring Arbor University*
  • University of Detroit Mercy
  • University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Michigan-Flint
  • Walsh College
  • Washtenaw Community College
  • Wayne State University
  • Western Michigan University

SILVER

  • Calvin College
  • Glen Oaks Community College
  • Grand Rapids Community College*
  • Jackson College*
  • Kalamazoo Valley Community College
  • Kirtland Community College*
  • Lake Superior State University
  • Michigan Tech University
  • Mid-Michigan Community College*
  • Monroe County Community College
  • Montcalm Community College
  • New Horizon Computer Learning Center
  • Northwood University
  • Oakland Community College*
  • Oakland University
  • Olivet College
  • Schoolcraft College
  • St. Clair County Community College
  • West Shore Community College
  • WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School

BRONZE

  • Adrian College
  • Aquinas College
  • Concordia College-Ann Arbor
  • Douglas J Aveda Institute
  • Gogebic Community College
  • Grace Bible College
  • Kettering University
  • Lake Michigan College
  • Walden University

*Indicates a school that also participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.

“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify schools throughout Michigan that are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed,” Barnes said. “Through the Veteran-Friendly School program, veterans will know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus, so they never have to feel alone.”

The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. A new application and review process will be conducted every spring semester. Institutions can apply each year for the same, higher or lower ranking.

Student veterans or dependents with questions about GI Bill or other federal benefits should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or visit MichiganVeterans.com.


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