The University of North Georgia (UNG) has been named to The 2017 Military Friendly Schools list, an annual collection compiled by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs magazine and other publications for military personnel transitioning into civilian life.
Each year, the list is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media's proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation.
"We are proud of University of North Georgia's military heritage and the Military Friendly Schools designation," said UNG President Bonita C. Jacobs. "We strive to support those who have or are presently serving our nation, including veterans and their families. With a wide range of online and in-person programs and admission pathways through our five campuses, UNG ensures access to programs that offer academic excellence, affordability and convenience to help these individuals meet their education goals."
UNG, which Victory Media rated well above most "benchmark standards" in its ranking, has several initiatives aimed at assisting active duty service members and veterans:
- The Center for Adult Learners and Military (CALM), and the Veterans Success Center each serve a variety of functions 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 offers 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, including two completely online graduate degree programs — criminal justice and international affairs. All are initiatives identified in the state's Complete College Georgia plans.
- 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 coalition, which provides educational opportunities to service members who had trouble completing college degrees because they moved frequently.
Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining each institution's survey scores with the assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer), and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.
"Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard across thousands of employers and schools gives veterans a comprehensive view of those striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation's veterans," said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and head of Military Friendly development. "Relating data from companies and colleges positions us to further our goal of supporting service members and veterans along their entire path from military service to success in their chosen civilian career field."
Designated by the Georgia General Assembly as The Military College of Georgia, UNG is one of only six senior military colleges in the nation. UNG's Corps of Cadets comprises more than 800 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.