SUNY ESC Named "Military Friendly" for Third Year by G.I. Jobs Magazine

By David Henahan, Director of Communications

October 17, 2011

G.I. Jobs Logo G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded SUNY Empire State College the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

Linda Frank,OVME“We make every effort at SUNY Empire State College to provide services that ease our veterans’ and service members’ transition to the education environment,” said Linda Frank, director of the college’s Office of Veteran and Military Education, at left. “We are very pleased that G.I. Jobs, for the third year in a row, has recognized our efforts, our commitment and our services as valuable components of our veterans’ and service members’ successful educational experience.” In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs surveyed 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. Student-veteran survey feedback can be viewed at list.

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

Service members and veterans also can 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 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2012 list of Military Friendly Schools ® was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide.

Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members is at

A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual “Guide to Military Friendly Schools” and on a poster, which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The newly redesigned website, at, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.

About G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs ( is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s Military Friendly Employers, Military Spouse Friendly Employers and Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.

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