For the second straight year, Niagara University is among the top 20 percent of all colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.
By being designated as a "Military Friendly School" for 2012 by the "premier publication for military transitioners," Niagara's continuing efforts to provide high-quality educational opportunities to veterans will be nationally recognized. A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the magazine's annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel this month.
"It is an honor for Niagara University to be included on this list for the second year in a row, especially with our proximity to the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station," remarked Robert Healy, Niagara University's veterans services coordinator. "As a veteran, I understand the unique challenges facing service men and women, and am proud to assist them in transitioning to a new career."
G.I. Jobs polled more than 8,000 schools across the country to compile its 2012 guide. 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.
"On behalf of the 8 million military members and veterans seeking a school, I thank you for your commitment to educating our nation's most deserving heroes," said Rich McCormack, publisher of G.I. Jobs.
Niagara University has a long history of honoring and supporting military students, veterans and their families. The Lewiston-based university supports a U.S. Army ROTC program, which was ranked No. 1 in the country in 2004, and participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008.
Military alumni of Niagara include two Medal of Honor recipients, Gen. William Donovan and Lt. John Bobo, and a humanitarian nominated for sainthood, Father Nelson Baker. Being in close proximity to Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and the regional Military Entrance Processing Station, Niagara is responsive to the unique needs of military students, veterans and dependents.
For more information about Niagara University's efforts to assist American veterans, visit www.niagara.edu/veterans or call 716-286-8341.