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A-State Earns Bronze Rating on Military Friendly School List


JONESBORO – Arkansas State University has been designated as a military friendly school with a bronze rating for 2019-20 by Viqtory.com. The Military Friendly schools list, in its 10th year, sets the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

A-State, who has been on the list numerous times, is among the group of 250 institutions selected from more than 8,800 nationwide. The schools are evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a survey completed by the participating schools. The list will be published in the May edition of G.I. Jobs magazine, a publication by Viqtory.

“Congratulations to Arkansas State University for being designated as military friendly,” said Kayla Lopez, national partnerships manager for Viqtory. “This is a phenomenal achievement and is a testament to the programs that your institution has built for military service members, veterans and military spouses.”

Ratings in six different categories reflect the extent to which each school exceeds the bench mark standards for the Military Friendly schools list. The categories are academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention.

Criteria and methodology are determined by Viqtory with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in higher education and military recruitment. Final ratings are 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. 

Arkansas State is home to one of the largest and longest serving ROTC cadres in the region and supports military students both through college into service and after service returning to college. A-State is the first Purple Heart university in Arkansas and has a separate Living-Learning Community for ROTC and supports the largest on-campus training facility in the state.

The Beck PRIDE Center for America’s Wounded Veterans at A-State also provides direct support to veterans, both students and non-students, as well as other assistance including access to specialized therapies to assist in their transition to civilian life. 

Founded in 2001, Viqtory is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs​, Military Spouse, and Military Friendly​ ​brands.

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