BU named ‘military friendly’ for second year

For immediate release: Nov. 5, 2015

BLOOMSBURG — Once again, Bloomsburg University has earned the title of Military Friendly School from Victory Media, publisher of GI Jobs magazine.

BU welcomed 71 new military students this fall, bringing the total to 299. Military students are defined as current and former military members, their spouses and dependents who are using benefits. As a Military Friendly School, BU is ranked in the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country working to embrace military service members, veterans and spouses as students ensuring their success on campus.

“We are seeing an increase in our population by approximately 30 students a year over the last two years,” said Bob Heckrote, BU’s recently named academic adviser for military students who oversees the Office of Military and Veterans Resources, located in Warren Student Services Center.

To meet the needs of military students, BU provides preferred class scheduling and has established a military students lounge. The BU Student Veterans Association offers opportunities for social and educational activities and is involved in fundraisers to benefit organizations such as The Wounded Warrior Foundation and the American Red Cross.

Victory Media, celebrating its seventh year, connects the military with the civilian world. The Military Friendly Schools designation provides service members and their families with data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

Institutions nationwide compete for the Military Friendly School designation by completing a survey of over 100 questions. This survey covers 10 categories, which include military support on campus, employment outcomes, and graduation. The responses to these surveys are scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. Along with the survey, additional data is independently tested by the accounting firm of Ernst and Young based upon the methodology established by Victory Media as well as guidance from an advisory board of higher recruiting professionals.

This designation is awarded to top universities, colleges, and trade schools across that country that are going to the highest level to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure success in the classroom and after graduation.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.