USC Aiken named 'Military Friendly School'



The University of South Carolina Aiken was recently designated a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs.

The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace the nation’s military service members and veterans as students. For the first time, G.I. Jobs, a magazine designed for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, also incorporated a survey of student veterans into its list determination.

Military personnel and veterans account for 1.8 percent of the approximately 3,200 students at USC Aiken.

Tom Hallman, the chancellor for USC Aiken, said he’s pleased to have the military-friendly recognition.

“This year, we have an increased focus on providing academic and peer support services to our veteran students, and we have sought to involve the community in this initiative,” he said in a news release. “We truly appreciate our veterans’ service to our country and want to do all we can to ensure they can successfully complete their dream of a college degree.”

Michael Dakduk, the executive director of Student Veterans of America, said the list is a great resource for prospective student veterans who might be in search of a university.

“Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans,” he said.

Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.

The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

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