Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded the University of North Georgia (UNG) the designation of a "Top Military-Friendly University" in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities. It marks the fourth year UNG has been included in the guide.
MAE's 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to our men and women in uniform.
Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year's institutions for inclusion in the guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Service member Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations, and full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.
"Our staff used strict criteria to evaluate the submissions of the respondents, and we had a record number of schools participating this year. We believe the guide serves as an invaluable tool for both education services officers and transition officers when advising service members about their educational opportunities," said Kelly Fodel, MAE's editor. I encourage students and ESOs to check out our searchable database online. We designed this database with the military student in mind."
Designated by the Georgia General Assembly as The Military College of Georgia, UNG's Corps of Cadets comprises 784 cadets, and each year some 70 to 80 graduating cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants into the U.S. Army or the Georgia National Guard. In addition to its status as The Military College of Georgia and one of only six senior military colleges in the country, UNG has several initiatives aimed at assisting active duty service members and veterans:
- The Veterans Success Center on the Dahlonega Campus and the Center for Adult Learners and Military (CALM) on the Gainesville Campus both serve as a one-stop shop as service members or their families enroll, register, or apply for GI Bill benefits and other financial aid. Both centers also serve as a hub for military student and veteran social activities and offer assistance with tutoring, academic advising and other services.
- UNG awards college credit for military training, accepts transfer credits, and offers distance learning and online classes, all initiatives identified in the state's Complete College Georgia plans. At least two graduate degree programs, criminal justice and international affairs, are offered completely online.
- UNG also is part of Georgia's Soldiers 2 Scholars program, which helps service members transition to civilian life by means of a college degree, and the 1,900-member Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) coalition, which provides educational opportunities to service members who had trouble completing college degrees because they moved frequently.
Earlier this year, UNG also was recognized by GI Jobs magazine on its 2014 Military Friendly list and by Military Times magazine in its "2014 Best for Vets" ranking, listed as 21st out of more than 600 schools surveyed across the country.
Visit www.mae-kmi.com for online access to the 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities, or pick up a copy of the December issue of Military Advanced Education. Published since 2005, Military Advanced Education is aimed at military education service officers (ESO), transition officers (TO) and other top-level commands who work with service members, veterans and their families during active duty, transition, and post-transition to optimize their armed forces educational benefits.