Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus Remains on G.I. Jobs Magazine’s `Military Friendly Schools’ List
Financial aid and support services lead to academic success for veterans studying at LIU
Alka Gupta,Assistant Director of Public Relations
Long Island University
Brooklyn, N.Y. – For a second straight year, Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus has landed on G.I. Jobs" list of "Military Friendly Schools," thanks to its scheduling flexibility, financial assistance and wide array of on-campus support services for veterans.
The magazine's 2012 Military Friendly Schools list recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that work the hardest toward embracing America's veterans as students. G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military staff transitioning into civilian life, polled more than 8,000 schools nationwide in compiling the list, which can be found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012list.
"The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience," said Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America.
"LIU has allowed me to receive an incredible education," said Chantal Dewberry, who completed two tours of duty in Iraq with the U.S. Army, and is now a senior majoring in nursing at the Brooklyn Campus.
Dewberry is one of about 150 students at the Campus who receive military benefits, according to Dawn Martin, senior associate registrar and an active Army reservist for 23 years. Martin, a lieutenant colonel, provides crucial support to veterans at the Campus, guiding them through the educational process from admission to graduation and career placement.
"Ms. Martin is always encouraging the veterans on Campus," said Dewberry. "She wants to see us succeed. She is in the military and can relate to what veterans go through."
Indirah Mapp, a U.S. Navy petty officer 2nd class who served in Kuwait in 2006, concurred. "Ms. Martin worked very closely with me to get my veteran';s benefits so that I could attend school," said the political science major who plans to go on to law school.
The Brooklyn Campus participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which allows veterans to receive financial assistance at private colleges and universities. 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 Brooklyn 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 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.
Recognizing the tremendous contributions of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces, the Brooklyn Campus helps military students prepare for the next phase of their lives. One-on-one academic advisement and career counseling help students 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.
Two other Long Island University campuses, C.W. Post on Long Island and the Hudson Graduate Center at Rockland, also were recognized as military friendly schools by G.I. Jobs.
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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