EARNING A SALUTE

WCU named top ‘military-friendly school’

By WENDY BUCHANAN ’12

Western Carolina University has been designated a 2015 “Military-Friendly School” by Victory Media, a Pennsylvania-based company that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide to rate the services they provide to military students. The designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in recognition of their efforts to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Schools are evaluated in areas such as class scheduling and requirements, transfer of academic credits, support for veterans and academic accreditation.

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“We are pleased and honored to earn this recognition once again,” said Briana Ford ’09, director of military student services at WCU. “Serving our military students is just one small way for WCU to show its appreciation to our U.S. military and their families.” WCU’s Office of Military Student Services is part of the university’s Division of Educational Outreach. The office provides personal assistance for military students from the time they apply for admission to the university to graduation day, Ford said.

Support groups such as the Student Veterans Association are available to students, as well as veteran counseling services. A Veterans Resource Center was established recently to provide military students a place to meet and receive information pertaining to their educations, careers and life needs. More information is available at the website military.wcu.edu; via email at blford@wcu.edu; or by telephone at 828.227.3074 or toll-free 866.928.4723.