Clarkson named to 'Military Friendly Schools' list for 2011
Monday, August 23, 2010 - 9:08 am

POTSDAM – “G.I. Jobs” has named Clarkson University to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools.

The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list included efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

Among the programs which brought Clarkson to the list were its ROTC programs, veterans’ counselors, events for veterans, VA approval and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Clarkson University provides full tuition benefits to qualifying post-9/11 active duty service members, veterans and eligible dependents of military personnel under the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program.

With a long history of military preparation on its campus, Clarkson’s Army and Air Force ROTC units have also been recognized in Washington Monthly Magazine among the top five universities in its Annual College Guide for the percentage of students serving in ROTC..

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, says the list is indispensable “in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”

G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

Their newly redesigned website, at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans in choosing schools that best meet their personal educational needs. The site currently shows 2010 Military Friendly Schools, but will switch to the 2011 list in late September.