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Frostburg State University Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs
09/12/2011

Frostburg State University Awarded Military Friendly School Title from G.I. Jobs
G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Frostburg State University the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the nation’s 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.

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobs incorporated a survey of 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 www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2012 list. Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America agrees. “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.”

“I have enormous respect for the men and women who serve our country in our armed forces,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “They put their life on the line for all of us. We owe it to them to be a military friendly school, and I am proud we have been recognized.”

Service members and veterans can also virtually meet individual student veterans from the various schools on the site to learn more about personal school decisions and the transition from the military to an academic environment. FSU’s featured veteran is senior Christopher L. Kelbaugh, a biology major and geography minor, a member of the President’s Leadership Circle and a Marine veteran who served for more than four years as an infantry mortarman, including tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by 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 (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. A full list of board members can be found at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com/Article/advisory-board/.

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

ABOUT G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) 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.

ABOUT Frostburg State University

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity.

Web Address for More Information: http://www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/mfslist.aspx

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589
E-mail: news@frostburg.edu