Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Lewis University to the coveted Military Friendly Schools ® list. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Lewis University features many military friendly characteristics, including financial aid officers dedicated to serving military personal, flexible formats for classes in person and online as well as participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Lewis University’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. It is the fourth year Lewis University has earned the honor.
“Lewis is a military school because every time I leave for military duties Lewis supports and helps me through those rough times. Lewis makes the process of returning back to school very easy for me,” added Lewis University Student and U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant Juan Vasquez, Jr. He is an operations crew chief and a combat marksmanship instructor at Marine Tactical Air Command and Control Squadron 48 of Great Lakes, Ill. The Melrose Park resident recently finished a one-year deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
“They are also very willing to work with my active duty military work schedule. The entire process was made extremely simple, as far as organizing my schedule, deciding which classes I still needed, taking care of tuition, financial aid, and GI Bill” commented Lenoyf Collins, who serves as an air traffic control watch supervisor at sea for the U.S. Navy. The Lewis University Air Traffic Control student added, “Honestly, before I came to Lewis the idea of college actually scared me, but the staff was extremely knowledgeable, generous with information, and completely professional. In essence, someone always had my hand. Ultimately, my feelings about the college environment have completely changed for the positive.”
The Military Friendly Schools ® media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.
Now in its fourth year, the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® 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. 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.
Lewis University is a Catholic university offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,500 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The ninth largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report.
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