The list of Military Friendly® Schools and Military Friendly® Schools ratings are assessed through the evaluation of both public data about the institution and proprietary data gathered through our free Military Friendly® Schools survey. The annual, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey assessment is offered at no cost to more than 8,800 institutions nationwide. Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than in previous years via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and our Advisory Council.

Survey responses are weighted according to the categories below. Final survey results and ratings are determined by combining an institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet minimum thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. The benchmark is set by the score of the leading institution.

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Public Data Sources We Use
Our Current Survey Criteria
2018 Survey Questions, Categories & Weightings

EY, a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the  Military Friendly® Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY. The services performed by EY  were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology.

Current Survey Criteria

Institutions must complete the current Military Friendly® Schools survey to verify that their accreditation and federal status are in good standing, and that they meet at least three of six key benchmarks:

All Students Rate is above 50%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is above the All Students %.
All Students Rate is above 50%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is above the All Students %.
All Students Rate is above 50%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is above the All Students %.
All Students Rate is above 50%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is above the All Students %.
All Students Rate is above 50%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is above the All Students %.
All Students Rate is below 20%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is below the All Students %.
All Students Rate is greater than 20%, or Veteran Students Rate (%) is greater than the All Students %.

Additionally, we use public data sources to check that the institution has three or more of the following federal programs in operation and good standing:

  • Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill)
  • Official commitment to the Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success
  • VA’s Principles of Excellence
  • Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Veteran Success on Campus (VSOC) Program
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network

Finally, we use public data sources to check that the institution does not have any federal precautionary flags against it, such as those listed below.

  • The number of veteran student complaints reported by the VA is greater than or equal to 5% of total enrolled veterans at the school.
  • The institution is currently or was under one or more federal precautionary flags within the last 12 months.
  • The institution’s accreditation has not been suspended.
  • The institution’s federal programs have not been suspended.

2018 Military Friendly® Schools Survey Categories & Weightings

Academic Policies & Compliance – 9%
Admissions & Orientation – 10%
Culture & Commitment – 9%
Financial Aid & Loan Repayment – 12%
Graduation & Career Outcomes – 30%
Military Student Support & Retention – 30%

Click to download: 2018 Military Friendly School Survey Questions

Criteria for Each Scoring Category

  • Complying with government laws and regulations.
  • Developing military-friendly policies and academic credibility.
  • Understanding military structure, culture, occupations and training.
  • Training employees to understand and support military staff and students.
  • Providing academic credit for military service.
  • Sourcing and recruiting military students.
  • Marketing and branding to military students.
  • Orienting and assimilating military students.
  • Creating a culture of collaboration, service and philanthropy.
  • Benchmarking best practices and establishing program goals.
  • Identifying and nurturing military-friendly partnerships.
  • Accommodating disabled military students.
  • Understanding financial aid benefits for military students.
  • Achieving retention and graduation goals for military students.
  • Improving career outcomes for military student graduates.
  • Measuring and evaluating program success.
  • Creating academic programs and services for military students.
  • Retaining, supporting and developing military students.