Military Spouse Friendly Schools 

Since 2009, the Military Spouse Friendly® Schools list has been a reliable resource for military spouses and has set a standard for higher education institutions to provide the best post-secondary education experiences for spouses of service members.

This prestigious list is created using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations to create a comprehensive guide for military spouses looking to further their education. This year 195 schools earned this prestigious designation.


We evaluate 8-factor categories for the Military Spouse Friendly Schools Designation. Each factor may have contributing data from the Military Friendly Schools Survey data.

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Career Planning Resources

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The availability of career planning services and resources, along with the school’s employment placement or advanced degree matriculation rate.

Military Family Support

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Availability of programs to support families in and out of deployment, along with the programs for military dependents. As well as discounts, scholarships or set-asides.

Federal Approvals

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MyCAA program approval a requirement. Other federal approvals measured include DoD Tuition Assistance MOU, VA Principles of Excellence, GI Bill approval, etc.

Population Percentages and outcomes

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Availability of programs to support families in and out of deployment, along with the programs for military dependents. As well as discounts, scholarships or set-asides.


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Availability of online, evening, and weekend programs, and the presence supportive policies for spouses such as out-of-state fee waivers, and on-campus living waivers.

Total MFS Rating

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We begin with a school’s overall Military Friendly® rating.

Academic Support

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The availability of academic support and advisement programs, both formal and informal, to ensure student academic success, both online and on campus.

Academic Credibility

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A measure of the school’s level of accreditation, graduation rate, completion rate, student-to-faculty ratio and entrance requirements.


Military Spouse Friendly Schools

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative MedicineNon traditionalTX
Advanced Technology InstituteNon traditionalVA
Albany Technical CollegeSmall community collegeGA
Albertus Magnus CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateCT
American Sentinel UniversityNon traditional
American UniversityTier 2 research institutionDC
Appalachian State UniversityLarge publicNC
Arizona CollegeNon traditionalAZ
Arkansas State University Mid-SouthSmall community collegeAR
Asher College - Dallas CampusNon traditionalCA
Asher College Las VegasNon traditionalCA
Asher College- Sacramento CampusNon traditionalCA
Athens State UniversitySmall publicAL
Auburn University at MontgomerySmall publicAL
Azusa Pacific UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateCA
Barton CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateNC
Bethune-Cookman UniversityOnline / VocationalFL
Black Hills State UniversitySmall publicSD
Blue Ridge Community CollegeSmall community collegeNC
Bossier Parish Community CollegeSmall community collegeLA
Bronx Community CollegeLarge community collegeNY
Brookhaven CollegeLarge community collegeTX
Bryant UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateRI
Butler County Community CollegeSmall community collegePA
CALC, Institute of TechnologyPrivate not offering DoctorateIL
CUNY - Queens CollegeLarge publicNY
CUNY School of Professional StudiesTier 1 research institutionNY
CUNY-York CollegeSmall publicNY
Calumet College Of St. JosephPrivate not offering DoctorateIN
Carnegie Mellon UniversityTier 1 research institutionPA
Carolina Career CollegeNon traditionalNC
Cayuga Community CollegeSmall community collegeNY
Central Arizona CollegeSmall community collegeAZ
Central Carolina Technical CollegeSmall community collegeSC
Central New Mexico Community CollegeLarge community collegeNM
Chattahoochee Technical CollegeLarge community collegeGA
Chippewa Valley Technical CollegeLarge community collegeWI
Citrus CollegeLarge community collegeCA
City Colleges of Chicago -Harold Washington College-Small community collegeIL
Clark State Community CollegeSmall community collegeOH
Cleary UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateMI
College of Business and CommerceNon traditionalCA
Columbia CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateMO
Columbus State UniversitySmall publicGA
Community College of Beaver CountySmall community collegePA
Copper Mountain CollegeSmall community collegeCA
Cowley CollegeSmall community collegeKS
Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health StudiesOnline / Vocational
Cuyahoga Community CollegeLarge community collegeOH
Cybertex Institute of TechnologyNon traditionalTX
Delta CollegeLarge community collegeMI
Duquesne UniversityTier 2 research institutionPA
Duquesne University School of NursingGraduate schoolPA
East Tennessee State UniversityLarge publicTN
Eastern Kentucky UniversityLarge publicKY
Eastern Michigan UniversityLarge publicMI
Edgewood CollegePrivate offering DoctorateWI
Edinboro University of PennsylvaniaSmall publicPA
Elizabeth City State UniversitySmall publicNC
Elmhurst UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateIL
Fayetteville Technical Community CollegeLarge community collegeNC
Fox Valley Technical CollegeLarge community collegeWI
Front Range Community CollegeLarge community collegeCO
Fullerton CollegeLarge community collegeCA
Geneva CollegePrivate not offering DoctoratePA
George T. Baker Aviation Technical CollegeLarge publicFL
Goodwin UniversityGraduate schoolCT
Grantham UniversityNon traditional
Grayson CollegeSmall publicTX
Great Lakes Christian CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateMI
Gulf Coast State CollegeSmall publicFL
Gwinnett Technical CollegeLarge community collegeGA
Halifax Community CollegeSmall community collegeNC
Hamrick SchoolNon traditionalOH
Howard CollegeSmall community collegeTX
Indiana University of PennsylvaniaLarge publicPA
Inver Hills Community CollegeSmall community collegeMN
Iowa Central Community CollegeSmall community collegeIA
Iowa Lakes Community CollegeSmall community collegeIA
Irvine Valley CollegeSmall community collegeCA
Johnson CollegeOnline / VocationalPA
Kansas City Kansas Community CollegeSmall community collegeKS
Kean UniversityLarge publicNJ
King UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateTN
Klamath Community CollegeSmall community collegeOR
Lake Area Technical CollegeSmall community collegeSD
Lakeshore Technical CollegeSmall community collegeWI
Lakewood UniversityOnline / Vocational
Lehigh Carbon Community CollegeSmall community collegePA
Lionel University - ISSA College of Exercise ScienceNon traditional
Los Angeles Harbor CollegeLarge community collegeCA
Los Angeles Pacific UniversityOnline / Vocational
Madison Area Technical CollegeLarge community collegeWI
Marymount California UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateCA
Massachusetts Bay Community CollegeSmall community collegeMA
McKinley CollegeNon traditional
McMurry UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateTX
MedCertsNon traditional
Methodist UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateNC
Middlesex Community CollegeSmall community collegeMA
Middlesex County CollegeLarge community collegeNJ
Minnesota West Community and Technical CollegeSmall community collegeMN
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community CollegeLarge community collegeMS
Mississippi State UniversityTier 2 research institutionMS
Moreno Valley CollegeLarge community collegeCA
Morgan State UniversitySmall publicMD
Mount Aloysius CollegePrivate not offering DoctoratePA
Mount Wachusett Community CollegeSmall community collegeMA
Mountain View CollegeLarge community collegeTX
Mt. San Jacinto CollegeLarge community collegeCA
Nassau Community CollegeLarge community collegeNY
National UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateCA
Norfolk State UniversitySmall publicVA
North Carolina State UniversityTier 1 research institutionNC
North Central Michigan CollegeSmall community collegeMI
Northcentral Technical CollegeSmall community collegeWI
Northeast Alabama Community CollegeSmall community collegeAL
Northern Michigan UniversitySmall publicMI
Northern Virginia Community CollegeLarge community collegeVA
Northwest Mississippi Community CollegeSmall community collegeMS
Northwestern CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateIA
Olivet CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateMI
Olympian Academy of Cosmetology & BarberNon traditionalNM
Ottawa UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateKS
Ozarka CollegeSmall community collegeAR
Pacific Lutheran UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateWA
Palm Beach State CollegeLarge publicFL
Pamlico Community CollegeSmall community collegeNC
Peirce CollegePrivate not offering DoctoratePA
Penn FosterNon traditional
Pentecostal Theological SeminaryGraduate schoolTN
Phoenix Truck Driving School at Fort BlissNon traditionalAZ
Piedmont Virginia Community CollegeSmall community collegeVA
Post UniversityNon traditional
Quincy CollegeSmall community collegeMA
Quinebaug Valley Community CollegeSmall community collegeCT
Quinnipiac UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateCT
Regent UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateVA
Regis UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateCO
Rhema Bible Training CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateOK
Roberts Wesleyan CollegePrivate offering DoctorateNY
SAGE Truck Driving SchoolsNon traditionalPA
SUNY Maritime CollegeSmall publicNY
Sandhills Community CollegeSmall community collegeNC
Santiago Canyon CollegeLarge community collegeCA
Savannah Technical CollegeSmall community collegeGA
South CollegeNon traditionalTN
Southeast Missouri State UniversityLarge publicMO
Southeast Technical InstituteSmall community collegeSD
Southeastern Louisiana UniversityLarge publicLA
Southern Crescent Technical CollegeSmall community collegeGA
Southwest Minnesota State UniversitySmall publicMN
Southwest Virginia Community CollegeSmall community collegeVA
Southwestern Illinois CollegeLarge community collegeIL
Spokane Community CollegeLarge community collegeWA
St. Cloud State UniversityLarge publicMN
State Technical College of MissouriSmall community collegeMO
Stillman CollegePrivate not offering DoctorateAL
Technical College of the LowcountrySmall community collegeSC
The University of CharlestonPrivate offering DoctorateWV
The University of ScrantonPrivate offering DoctoratePA
The University of Southern MississippiTier 2 research institutionMS
The University of Tennessee, KnoxvilleTier 1 research institutionTN
The University of Texas at TylerLarge publicTX
Thomas UniversityPrivate not offering DoctorateGA
Three Rivers Community CollegeSmall community collegeCT
Tidewater Community CollegeLarge community collegeVA
UNT - Health Science CenterGraduate schoolTX
Union Institute & UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateOH
University of California, RiversideTier 1 research institutionCA
University of Colorado, BoulderTier 1 research institutionCO
University of DubuquePrivate offering DoctorateIA
University of GeorgiaTier 1 research institutionGA
University of KansasTier 1 research institutionKS
University of Maryland Eastern ShoreGraduate schoolMD
University of Nevada, Las VegasTier 2 research institutionNV
University of Northwestern OhioPrivate not offering DoctorateOH
University of Pittsburgh-BradfordSmall publicPA
University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaLarge publicTN
University of West FloridaLarge publicFL
University of Wisconsin-MilwaukeeLarge publicWI
University of the CumberlandsPrivate offering DoctorateKY
Utah Valley UniversityLarge publicUT
Washburn UniversitySmall publicKS
West Georgia Technical CollegeSmall community collegeGA
Western Nebraska Community CollegeSmall community collegeNE
Western Oregon UniversitySmall publicOR
Wilbur Wright CollegeLarge community collegeIL
Winston-Salem State UniversitySmall publicNC
Wiregrass Georgia Technical CollegeSmall community collegeGA
Wor-Wic Community CollegeSmall community collegeMD
Xavier UniversityPrivate offering DoctorateOH
York College CUNYSmall publicNY
Youngstown State UniversityLarge publicOH