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Thiel College recognized as military-friendly school



Published: Sat, October 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

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Greenville, pa.

Victory Media, the media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Thiel College to the Military Friendly Schools list.

The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Thiel College’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows, we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools,” said Collins.

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, will feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their needs and preferences.

The 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

“We are honored to be chosen as a Military Friendly School again this year,” said Troy VanAken, president of Thiel College. “Our commitment to our military students can be seen in the hard work and support from across the campus. We are proud to welcome these brave men and women to our classrooms, playing fields and residence halls.”

Now in its fourth year, the list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide.

The survey results that comprise the 2013 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by G.I. Jobs.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of 2013 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.


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