For the last eight years, Edinboro University has been recognized as a Military Friendly university, ascending to silver status in 2017.
For the ninth year, Edinboro surpassed previous efforts for embracing military students and dedicating resources to ensure their success. Thanks to the achievements of the Veterans Success Center and ROTC cadre, Military Friendly awarded Edinboro University gold distinction for 2018-2019.
“As students and employees of Edinboro and citizens in the community, veterans contribute irreplaceable leadership experience to our university,” said Dr. Michael Hannan, interim president of Edinboro University. “This distinction recognizes the facilitators of our veterans-success initiatives, who work tirelessly to serve military personnel, veterans and family members.”
Additionally, Edinboro University was one of 208 schools in the U.S. to earn Best for Vets: College 2019 rankings, sponsored by Military Times.
The Veterans Success Center manages Edinboro’s resources for veterans, current service members and their dependents, ensuring that students receive not only the university’s high-quality and affordable education but also individualized support services. Andrew Matt, coordinator of Veterans Success Center, and his staff also emphasize the reinforcement of a smooth transition from military to college.
“One of our proudest accomplishments is that Edinboro University works to accommodate the needs of our veterans and assist them as they begin their collegiate careers,” said Matt, a U.S. Army veteran. “This recognition shows that the services provided by the Veterans Success Center place it among the best in Pennsylvania and the nation.”
Edinboro University is one of six higher-education institutions in Pennsylvania – and one of two schools in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education – to earn gold distinction. Joining Edinboro are Penn State Berks, Penn State Fayette, Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics, Saint Joseph’s University and Slippery Rock University.
Locally, Mercyhurst University is the only other Erie County school to be awarded medallion status, earning bronze distinction.
“As one of the leading public institutions in Pennsylvania, Edinboro exists to serve all students who pursue higher-education degrees,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin Kavanagh, commander of Edinboro’s ROTC battalion. “To know that we are one of the best at serving military personnel and their families is extremely remarkable for everyone who contributes to our collective success.”
According to Victory Media – which facilitates the Military Friendly Schools – this distinction is given to colleges and universities that demonstrate positive education outcomes for veterans and their families. More than 200 companies and 1,200 post-secondary institutions receive this distinction each year, after earning top measurements in engaging prospective military students, educating military students and providing the student with meaningful employment.
Founded in 2001 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense, Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities.
For more information about Edinboro University’s commitment to military students on campus and beyond, visit www.edinboro.edu/veterans or call the Veterans Success Center at (814) 732-1568.