For the 13th consecutive year, Angelo State University has been designated a “Military Friendly® School” by Victory Media (VIQTORY), which comprises several digital and print resources, including G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse, that serve military personnel and veterans transitioning into civilian life.
ASU has also received a Gold Award for ranking in the top 15 of the 69 U.S. institutions in the Large Public University category that were awarded the “Military Friendly® School” designation for 2021-22. Since the additional superlative awards program began six years ago, ASU has earned a Silver Award or Gold Award every year.
This is the third year for ASU to be placed in the Large Public University category for schools with more than 10,000 students – and ASU is the only Texas institution to win a superlative award in this category for 2021-22.
The 2021-22 Military Friendly® Schools list honors the top U.S. institutions of higher education that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their dependents as students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.
“As a military veteran and an ASU alumnus, I’m extremely proud of our Military Friendly status,” said ASU President Ronnie Hawkins Jr. “We owe it to our nation’s veterans, active duty personnel and their families to provide them the best possible education and campus services, and the Military Friendly designation lets them know that is exactly what they will get at Angelo State. It helps us recruit them to the Ram Family, and the efforts of our faculty and staff ensure they have the positive educational experience they deserve.”
The institutions on the 2021-22 list were evaluated using both public data sources and their responses to Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 8,800 U.S. schools were eligible, but only 747 were awarded the “Military Friendly® School” designation for 2021-22. Final ratings were determined by combining each institution’s survey scores with an assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students – and specifically for student veterans.
“ASU could not achieve or maintain this Gold Medal-level status without the continual commitment and support of the entire campus,” said Susan Williams, director of affiliated military and veteran services. “Our leadership team, faculty and staff all play a pivotal role to help ASU serve those who have served in the finest way possible.”
ASU’s programs for military and veteran students are overseen by the Office of Affiliated Military and Veteran Services, which is housed in the Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center in the Houston Harte University Center.
The complete list of 2021-22 Military Friendly® Schools with links to school profiles is available at MilitaryFriendly.com and will also be published in the May 2021 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.