The expanded timeline that includes designation release dates and future survey openings
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.
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.
Academic Policies & Compliance
Graduation & Career Outcomes
Culture & Commitment
Military Student Support & Retention
Admissions & Orientation
Financial Aid & Loan Repayment
Military Friendly® Schools designation requires the following:
One of the most important components of the Survey is meeting the metrical benchmarks. Many institutions fall short or do not even fill this sections out. An institution must meet 3/6 of the benchmarks below:
– Graduation rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
– 1 year retention rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
– 2 year retention rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
– Loan default rate for all students or veteran students alone is 20% or lower
– Job placement rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
– Transfer rate for all students or veteran students alone is 50% or higher
We use public data sources to check that the institution has three or more of the following federal programs in operation and good standing:
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.
Understanding where you need to improve is important. We are here to help.
Every institution dedicates itself to the military and veteran community when they participate in the Military Friendly® Schools Survey. Understanding where you need to improve is important. We are here to help. Click on your designation below to find out more.
There is a multitude of reason why your designation my have dropped or you are ranked lower this year than last. This section will go over some of the reasons why your status may be lower this year.
Find out how to expand and improve your military program and ensure you meet requirements of the survey.
Here are the most common reasons why institutions receive the not-friendly designation:
Here is a list of the possible reasons your institution could end up on the Bad Actors List. If you have any questions about this, please reach out to the Survey Support Team.
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