Montana State University

MSU and MSU Billings named among nation’s military friendly universities

November 6, 2015 -- MSU News Service

Military veterans talk between classes at Montana State University. MSU and MSU Billings have been named among the nation’s military friendly universities by the website MilitaryFriendly.com for its 2016 compilation of schools that support student veterans. MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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Montana State University and MSU Billings have been named among the nation’s military friendly universities by the website MilitaryFriendly.com for its 2016 compilation of schools that support student veterans.

“We are happy to have recognition from the Military Friendly schools website because MSU is truly a university that works to make veterans feel at home and supported,” said Brenda York, director of MSU's Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services. “Student veterans are an important part of our campus, and we're working hard to help them succeed.”

MilitaryFriendly.com gathers survey information on schools across the nation, with survey responses scored against benchmarks for retention and graduation of veterans, with results independently tested, according to the site’s press materials.

“We live in an era when the value of military service in the professional world is unquestioned and unmatched,” said Chris Hale, a Navy veteran and chairman and co-founder of Victory Media, which runs the site. “Veterans are graduates of the premier training institution in the world, but they need a consistent and predictable standard that lets them make good choices for major life decisions like where to work or where to enroll in school. The mission of Military Friendly® is to create maximum professional opportunity for them and other members of the military community.”

This year nearly 400,000 active duty, National Guard and Armed Forces Reserve service members will transition their skills to campuses and companies nationwide. Military Friendly ratings, lists and program information are available for free at https://militaryfriendly.com. Post-secondary schools and employers may learn more about the survey and request a free survey link at https://militaryfriendly.com/startsurvey.

At MSU, some 4 percent of the student body is made up of those with military service records. At MSU Billings, that number sits at 5 percent.

Contact: Brenda York, director, MSU Office of Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services, (406) 994-2824 or byork@montana.edu