Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2023-2024 survey with 665 earning special awards for going above the standard.
“As an institution that prides itself on being a college for all, we are especially proud of our work in serving returning military veterans seeking an education,” said Middlesex College President Mark McCormick.
The 2023-2024 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May and October issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at militaryfriendly.com.
Methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
José Laureano, executive dean for student and enrollment services, said he was proud of the designation, which the College has earned numerous times, and was grateful for the generous support of the Willard T.C. Johnson Foundation, which has funded the College’s Veterans Center since its inception in 2012.
“The Military Friendly designation is an honor for the College and is a testament to the holistic support that we provide, and a reflection of our commitment to creating a warm and welcoming campus environment for our military-affiliated students on campus,” said Laureano.
“Military Friendly® is committed to transparency and providing consistent data-driven standards in our designation process. Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community. This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard,” said Kayla Lopez, National Director of Military Partnerships, Military Friendly®.
For more information about Middlesex College’s student veteran programs, visit Middlesex College’s website at middlesexcollege.edu/student-life/veteran-services.