NDC Named Military Friendly School

Notre Dame College has been recognized by G.I. Jobs magazine as a 2011 Military Friendly School. G.I. Jobs released a list of all honored institutions. It honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

“Notre Dame is proud to be designated as a military-friendly institution,” said Margaret Oakar, director of the Finn Center for Adult, Graduate and Professional Programs. “This distinction shows the commitment and dedication of the administration and the entire College community to the veteran population.”

“Veterans attend Notre Dame because of the resources and personal attention available to our students,” Oakar said. “Our small class sizes, outstanding faculty and our veterans team ease the transition from the military to academic life.”

The tens of billions of dollars in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.

“This list is especially important now because the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard 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.”

Schools on the Military Friendly Schools list also offer additional benefits to student veterans such as on-campus veterans programs, credit for service, military spouse programs and more. Notre Dame College participates in the optional Yellow Ribbon Program, which is designed to fill the gap between the VA benefit and the tuition cost at a veteran’s college of choice if that cost is higher than the state institutions’.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. 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. 

For more information on Notre Dame College’s benefits for veterans visit NotreDameCollege.edu/admissions/rotc-and-veteran.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.


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