EKU Named Military-Friendly School for Sixth Consecutive Year

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Eastern Kentucky University continues to earn national honors for its commitment to military veterans and their dependents.

For the sixth consecutive year, EKU has been named a Military-Friendly® School by Victory Media, ranking in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus. Among many other national honors, Eastern also has been recognized by Military Times EDGE magazine twice in the last four years as “Best for Vets,” the number-one college or university in the country for its initiatives to help veterans further their education.

More than 1,300 veterans and their dependents are enrolled at EKU, which in 2010 launched Operation Veteran Success, a series of initiatives designed to make the campus even more veteran-helpful. Those initiatives include:

·          No admission fees for undergraduate veterans.

·         In-state tuition for all out-of-state veterans nationwide.

·         Maximum credit hours for military experience.

·         Priority registration.

·         Book vouchers and Books for Boots Exchange Library.

·         Veterans Bridge to College Success cohort classes.

·         Veterans orientation course.

·         Veteran-helpful withdrawal and readmission policy.

·         Vet-2-Vet sponsorship program and active Vets Club.

·         Recreational and other extracurricular activities.

·         Specially designated housing for student veterans.

·         Veteran Studies minor, believed to be the nation’s first, to help those who haven’t served in the military to better understand the issues that veterans face, and to help the veterans themselves deal with those issues.

EKU was named a VetSuccess University by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and boasts a full-time VA employee on staff to assist veterans with their benefits issues.

In 2013, EKU partnered with Kentucky River Foothills, a local non-profit organization, to obtain federal funding to help veterans in transition find and maintain suitable housing. Since the grant’s implementation, the funds have helped more than 100 student veterans.

The EKU Military and Veterans Affairs Office is located at 317 Lancaster Ave., adjacent to Irvine McDowell Park. For more information about opportunities and services available to veterans and their dependents at EKU, visit va.eku.eduor call 859-622-2345.

Schools on the Victory Media Military Friendly list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting and graduating students with military experience.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a

data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country, and are independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and  methodology established by Victory Media. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be viewed at www.militaryfriendly.com, and a complete list of schools can be found at www.gijobs.com.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Its Military-Friendly lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals such as USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune and Bloomberg BW, and are frequently cited on national television broadcasts.

Published on September 23, 2014

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