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IUP chosen as 'military friendly'

on July 08, 2014 10:50 AM

Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected by G.I. Jobs magazine for its 2015 list of “Military Friendly Schools.”

This is the fourth year IUP has been selected for the list, which honors institutions the magazine’s editors describe as delivering “the best experience for military students.”

The list was compiled through research that included polling more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

Criteria for the Military Friendly Schools list include efforts to recruit and retain students who are veterans or in the military, success in recruiting those students and academic accreditations.

Only 20 percent of colleges and universities in the nation were selected for this recognition.

“It is an honor to be recognized as a Military Friendly School for the fourth straight year,” said Cory Shay, director of IUP’s Military Resource Center.

IUP opened the resource center in January to help veterans and members of the military transition to college life.

The university also has a Veterans Affairs office, dedicated to serving student veterans and dependents of veterans.

“To be designated a Military Friendly School proves IUP’s commitment to providing the best support for our military-affiliated students,” Shay said.

In 2012 and 2013, IUP was selected by Military Times magazine as one of the nation’s “Best for Vets” institutions. It was one of only 68 four-year colleges in the nation chosen for the listing.

IUP is also a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that allows U.S. colleges and universities to enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

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