UTSA designated military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs magazine

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(Sept. 14, 2011) -- For the second year in a row, The University of Texas at San Antonio was named a military-friendly school by G.I. Jobs Magazine. 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.

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.

"Once UTSA realized it had a rapidly growing veteran population with different needs than the Vietnam-era veterans, it responded proactively by establishing the Veterans Task Force consisting of staff and faculty from every university entity to addressed both the growing (and changing) veteran population and their emerging needs," said William Dawson, veteran and president of the Student Veteran Association at UTSA. "We then established the Student Veteran’s Association, and since our establishment, the university has gone out of its way to make sure our needs have been addressed."

Student Veterans like Dawson also have numerous resources available at UTSA such as counseling services, tutoring, life-skills assistance, first-class ROTC programs, a career center that actively assists Student Veterans, federal job fairs, Student Veterans networking opportunities (VETNET), veterans/military recognition events, financial assistance, a large population of faculty and staff that readily identify themselves as veterans (or supporters) who are willing to assist Student Veterans.

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. The Military Friendly Schools list is a great resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience.

For the complete list of military-friendly schools, visit the G.I. Jobs website.