AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University has been named to G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of Military Friendly Schools for 2013 “for being among the top 15 percent of schools nationwide that deliver the best experience for military students.”
The list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA-approved schools nationwide. Auburn is one of 1,700 U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools cited as doing the most to educate America’s veterans. Auburn will be listed in G.I. Jobs magazine’s 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools and will be included in an online listing at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.
Auburn University has 284 veterans and 416 veterans dependents enrolled this semester.
One of the ways Auburn University makes its campus military-friendly to those veterans and their families is through its Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center, established in 2010, to provide veterans a way to connect to academic and student support services.
“We are very honored to receive this designation in just our third year of operation,” said Johnny Green, director of the Veterans and Transfer Students Resource Center. “We are proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish. It’s through the leadership of our president, provost, employees and students who focus on bringing meaningful improvement to veteran issues that we have been successful.”
The center assists with certifying students for their Veterans Affairs educational benefits and helps with registration issues regarding deployment and return to school. It provides information on a range of issues of interest to veterans such as local housing, academic support and advising, admissions, career services, disability resources and counseling services. One of its most important functions is to connect veteran students with a VA Campus representative.
“The center provides a place where veterans can gather and truly feel a connection to each other. This sense of connection helps them work through their transition from military life to not only the academic environment but to their new careers as well,” said Green.
(Written by Neali Vann.)