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October 4, 2010

SUNY Empire State College Cited Among Top 50 Veteran-Friendly Educational Institutions by Military Magazine

(Saratoga Springs, N.Y. – Oct. 4, 2010) SUNY Empire State College has been cited by Military Times EDGE among the top 50 veteran-friendly colleges and universities in the United States in a pool of 4,000 that were invited to apply for the honor. 

Military Times EDGE is a print and online publication dedicated to informing soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen about the practical and positive actions that can make their lives and careers better, in the military and beyond.

Institutions were rated in four areas:

  • financial assistance (scholarships, discounts and waivers specifically for veterans and their dependents, including the Yellow Ribbon program and relaxed residency restrictions for in-state tuition; policies to protect veterans in case of late-arriving benefits);
  • academic flexibility (participation in the Servicemembers’ Opportunity Colleges consortium and Degree Network Systems and acceptance of military learning and subject tests, like the College Level Examination Program, for academic credit. Also school policies on military-related withdrawals);
  • campus culture (percentage of vets in the student body and faculty, ROTC programs, Veterans Day observance, local student veteran organizations and training for faculty and staff in veterans issues);
  • support services (number and kind of staff designated to work with veterans, including the number of students receiving work-study allowances from the Veterans Affairs Department. Also: efforts to reach out to veterans, acclimate them to campus and create a veterans' community, including mentorship programs, special orientation sessions, service projects and academic support).

OVME Director Linda Frank said of the Military Times EDGE honor: “We are proud to serve military and veteran students, whose sense of commitment, productivity and vitality infuse both their work and the extended college community with unique energy. Also, the college values students’ achievements prior to enrolling at SUNY Empire State College and this special population brings a distinctive set of experiences and perspectives to the process, often earning academic credits that advance them toward their degree. At SUNY Empire State College, we welcome the opportunity to mentor and educate learners from the military sector, assisting them in identifying and successfully pursuing their personal, educational and career goals.”

SUNY Empire State College established an Office of Veteran and Military Education (OVME) as a central point of services dedicated to providing assistance to active-duty service members, veterans and their families enrolled in the college, from application through graduation. The college’s flexibility enables military students and veterans to earn a degree from the State University of New York while balancing work, family and civic commitments, whether they are on base, on a mission or retired from service. Students may study independently with mentor guidance or in small groups at one of the college’s 34 locations across New York state or complete a degree online. In addition to transfer credits earned from prior academic experience and standardized tests, credits toward an associate or bachelor’s degree may be granted for college-level life, work or academic experiences, including certain military training and certifications. Most fees are waived and in-state tuition applies for all military students and veterans.

In the past, the college also has been named a top military-friendly school by Military Advanced Education and G.I. Jobs, both magazines that serve as resources to service members. SUNY Empire State College is a partner with Service members Opportunity Colleges, U.S. Air Force University Associate to Baccalaureate Cooperative Program, Navy College Distance Learning Partnership, GoArmyEd and eArmyU College of the American Soldier, Marine Academic Explorer, and the Council of College and Military Educators.

For more information about SUNY Empire State College and the military, visit www.esc.edu/military.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York by removing barriers to their education. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies, and are encouraged and assisted to balance career, family and civic commitments with academic study. They also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience. SUNY Empire State College serves more than 20,000 students worldwide with 34 locations in New York state and online. For more information, visit www.esc.edu.