University recognized for eighth consecutive year
Reading, Pa. – Alvernia University achieves Military Friendly ® status for the eighth consecutive year and is one of only 625 institutions nationwide to receive the designation for meeting university benchmarks in areas such as student retention, graduation and job placement as well as for being in good standing with federal programs such as the Post-9/11 GI Bill and Armed Forces Tuition Assistance Funding.
“We are proud to be recognized once again as Military Friendly,” said Bret Krotee, admissions counselor and coordinator of Alvernia’s Veterans Center. “It is vital that military students feel like an integral part of the campus community, so each year we bolster our active military and veteran student initiatives, which leads to increased student and family engagement. We look forward to continuing to serve those who currently serve or who have served in the United States Armed Forces.”
Each year, a new list of Military Friendly ® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
Last academic year, Alvernia organized military benefits for 64 students, which includes active military, veterans and their family members. Along with tuition assistance and various other benefits, military service members may apply for federal aid. A list of resources, benefits, partnerships and events can be found on the Veterans Benefits webpage.
The Military Friendly ® Schools list is created based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide and responses to a proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly ® Schools survey. For the first time, the methodology included a new measure – the 90/10 Rule and Loophole, which closed the loophole on the survey.
Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by VIQTORY with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.