Thursday, October 06, 2011
G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, recently named SC State University a Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
With more than 2016 minority officers and 15 general officers in the U.S. Army, SC State University’s Army ROTC Program continues to build upon its legacy and commitment to service. Since its establishment, the program has commissioned 2,026 students into the Armed Forces. SC State University’s Bulldog Battalion averages approximately 100 cadets, and it continues to be recognized as one of the largest producers of minority officers for the United States Army.
SC State alumnus, former Bulldog Battalion ROTC cadet and professor of the Department of Military Science, Lt. Col. Derrick Corbett, ‘93, says that SC State University is committed to the success of our veterans and military students.
“SC State University’s Army ROTC Program is devoted to developing men and women of character that understand leadership and service. I encourage all veterans and those military members still serving to consider SC State University as you make the choice to pursue your degree,” says Corbett. “As a former Army ROTC cadet, our ROTC program and SC State University gave me everything that I needed to be successful in a global society. SC State University works to meet the needs of our veterans and military members to ensure that the transition to becoming a student is seamless and hassle-free.”
In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. Student veteran survey feedback can be viewed at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list. Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.
Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience. Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”
The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.