Salem State named military-friendly school
In a September 12 announcement, G.I. Jobs issued its annual list of colleges and universities recognized as military-friendly schools. Once again, Salem State University is cited as one of the top 20 percent doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.
G.I. Jobs magazine, which is geared to military personnel transitioning into civilian life, is “a wonderful resource for student veterans interested in finding a college or university that will understand their unique needs and backgrounds,” says Sam Ohannesian, Salem State’s manager of veterans’ affairs and enrollment services. “Salem State is well known for its outreach to and support of this country’s veterans and active service members, and is proud to be recognized once again this year for its efforts to create a welcoming community for our country’s military.”
To help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs this year incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time when preparing its list. The feedback, which provides prospective military students insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions, is especially important as it provides peer reviews from current students. Service members and veterans can also meet individual student veterans from the various schools virtually on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment.
The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list were chosen from more than 8,000 higher education institutions nationwide. Salem State and the other schools chosen for inclusion “prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience . . . and are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit, and other services to those who served (their country in the military),” according to G.I. Jobs.