Clarkson University named to military-friendly schools list for 2012
Monday, November 7, 2011 - 6:35 am

POTSDAM -- G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has named Clarkson University to its 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools. The list is available at .

The list honors the top 20 percent of schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students.

Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list include efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students, and academic accreditations.

Among the programs that brought Clarkson to the list were its ROTC programs, veterans' counselors, events for veterans, VA approval, and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program.

Clarkson provides full tuition benefits to qualifying post-9-11 active duty service members, veterans, and eligible dependents of military personnel under the federal government's Yellow Ribbon Program.

With a long history of military preparation on its campus, Clarkson's Army and Air Force ROTC units have also been recognized in Washington Monthly Magazine among the top five universities in its Annual College Guide for the percentage of students serving in ROTC. Students in these programs are the recipients of numerous awards and recognition for their scholastic work as well as success in field training.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students.

Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America agrees. "The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," he said. "Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans."

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 list was compiled through research during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.