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MSU Named Military-Friendly School for Sixth Straight Year

Morehead State University has for the sixth straight year been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. This places MSU once again in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

The common bond of these institutions is their shared priority of recruiting and retaining students with military experience.

“We are pleased to be recognized as the campus community continues to build on MSU’s tradition of providing the help veterans and their families need to transition from soldier to student and ultimately to college graduate,” said Max Ammons, MSU’s director of military initiatives. “Three years ago, MSU opened the Veterans Resource Center, which assists prospective and current military and student veterans by providing counseling and direction on all educational benefits, enrollment and registration assistance, counseling resources and referrals, academic and career assistance, and provides a place for student veterans to study or relax and reconnect with their fellow student veterans.” 

MSU’s Veterans Resource Center was named in honor of Lt. Col. Alan R. Baldwin. A former assistant to the provost, Baldwin joined MSU in 1978 as an assistant professor of military science. After leaving briefly, he returned in 1985 and was named chair of the Department of Military Science. During his tenure, he held numerous titles. He also served on the Morehead City Council for 13 years.

Veterans, National Guardsmen and Reservists, and military families interested in learning more about MSU can get additional information by calling Jill McBride, student-veteran liaison, at 606-783-5226.

She can connect military and veteran students with the services made available for them across campus.

Other reasons MSU is for our military and veteran students include:

• Application fee waived

• Priority registration

• Credit for military training and service

• No academic penalty upon documented deployment

• Participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program

• Student Veteran Association

“Our goal is to get all 8,000 schools approved for taxpayer-backed Post-9/11 GI Bill funding into the Schools Matchmaker in 2015, and to have them participate in our free survey assessment,” said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The more transparent schools are in what they offer, the better decisions military students can make with their hard-earned benefits—and the more we can share leading practices among schools.”

Now in its sixth year, the 2015 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of 2015 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

MSU also was previously recognized as a 2014 military/veteran-friendly university by GI Jobs magazine, Military Advanced Education journal, the Military Times and the U.S. News and World Report. 

For a complete listing of military-related services, including enrollment, support services and benefits information, visit www.moreheadstate.edu/veteran.