Brooklyn Campus Named to Military-Friendly Schools List
Financial aid & campus services place campus among top 15 percent of U.S. colleges and universities for veterans
Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – Scheduling flexibility, help with tuition costs and a broad array of on-campus support services for veterans have helped land Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus on G.I. Jobs magazine’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.”
The 2011 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students. G.I. Jobs, a veteran-owned publication that serves former service members, polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide in compiling the list, which can be found at http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list.
“The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience," said Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board. "It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students."
At the Brooklyn Campus, more than 100 students receive military benefits, said Pat Connors, the Campus’ associate provost for student financial services.
“Our Campus is proud to recognize the tremendous contributions of those serving in our armed forces,” Connors said. “The faculty and staff work with military students every step of the way — from admission through graduation, and then career placement. We’ve enjoyed a long history of educating students with military backgrounds.”
Two other Long Island University campuses, the C.W. Post Campus on Long Island and the Rockland Graduate Campus, also were recognized as military-friendly schools.
G.I. Jobs publisher Rich McCormack said the list is particularly important now considering that the Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to college. “Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated,” he said. “The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."
Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.
The Brooklyn Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which lets veterans attend private colleges and universities and still receive financial assistance. Participating institutions and the Department of Veterans Affairs split the cost of tuition beyond the maximum state public university tuition, which is the normal extent of G.I. Bill coverage.
The Campus offers partial scholarships to military students and veterans, that when combined with the benefits received through the Post-9/11 GI Bill can cover up to 100% of tuition and fees. Veterans who’ve already earned a bachelor’s degree can transfer their benefits to their spouse or their children. Additionally, the Campus helps military students who are called to active duty make a seamless transition back to the classroom when they return to the Campus.
The Brooklyn Campus’ inclusion on the list came as no surprise to Roosevelt McCall, a six-year U.S. Army veteran and former U.S. Marine who served in Iraq and Korea.
“There are tremendous opportunities here on campus for veterans,” said McCall, 40, a junior majoring in respiratory therapy. “The scholarships and financial aid make it possible for me to pursue an education and chase my dream for a career.”
The Brooklyn Campus is proud to recognize the tremendous contributions of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Faculty and staff are with students every step of the way, guiding them as they prepare for the next phase of their lives. One-on-one academic advisement and career counseling will help students to select a major, research career options and develop a plan of study to put them on the path to personal and professional success. Conveniently located minutes from Manhattan, with easy access to mass transit, the Campus offers flexible, day, evening and weekend course schedules; internship and co-op opportunities; and a range of support services, including a program for students who need child care while they attend classes.
The methodology, criteria and weighting for the Military Friendly Schools list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board that consisted of educators from Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Colorado State University, Dallas County Community College, Old Dominion University, Cleveland State University, Lincoln Technical Institute and Embry Riddle; as well as Keith Wilson, director of education service at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs; Michele Spires, American Council on Education’s assistant director of military programs; Janet Swandol, associate director for CLEP and Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America.
The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by…
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.
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