For the sixth consecutive year, the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown has been named to the coveted Military Friendly Schools list by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2015 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Pitt-Johnstown’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”
Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar commented, “To be recognized with this prestigious honor for the sixth year is a tremendous source of pride for the Pitt-Johnstown community. We are deeply grateful for the service of our military veterans and are strongly committed to their success as they transition from their military careers to the classroom, to good jobs in our community, and beyond.”
Through its signature MountainCat Veterans Program (MVP), Pitt-Johnstown maintains a commitment to serving current and former members of the US Armed Forces. The MVP offers accelerated admission review, priority registration, deferred tuition payments, credit evaluation, and designated points-of-contact in key administrative and student services departments. Special networking opportunities and workshops are also held for veterans throughout the academic year.
Each year President Jem Spectar hosts a Veterans Day tribute recognizing faculty, staff, students, and Advisory Board members who have served in the US military. Pitt-Johnstown enrolls an average of more than 40 veterans and active military personnel each year.
On Veterans Day 2011, Pitt-Johnstown unveiled The Heroes Memorial, a first-of-its-kind memorial honoring the military men and women whose lives were lost in Afghanistan and Iraq. At the center of The Heroes Memorial is a 3,500 pound steel I-beam from the World Trade Center, surrounded by the names of the more than 3,000 victims of September 11, 2001, as well as the names and ages of military personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Heroes Memorial continues to draw visitors from throughout the United States who are moved and inspired by the tribute that the University has made to our fallen heroes. Updated annually, the Memorial now contains the names of more than 9,500 men and women, the majority of whom were college-age citizens. The Memorial also pays tribute to the more than 46,000 members of the military who have been wounded in hostile action in Afghanistan and Iraq.
The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. The 1,868 colleges, universities, and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience. These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services to those who served.
The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that compose the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP, based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria, and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country.