BOONE, NC – For the 13th consecutive year, Appalachian State University has received the Military Friendly® School designation from VIQTORY in recognition of their efforts to help military-related students thrive on campus and in the surrounding community. App State was one of 29 US schools in the large public school category to receive the 2022-23 Gold award.
Schools that have been awarded Gold have been recognized for their leadership practices, outcomes, and effective programs for military-affiliated students. The 2022-23 Military Friendly Schools list will be published in the May issue of GI Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.
“App State’s continued recognition as a Military Friendly School is an important point of pride for our university – one that reaffirms our commitment to ensuring App State’s military-affiliated students are positioned for success throughout their educational journey and beyond.” are,” App State Chancellor Sheri Everts said. “We are honored to serve our campus community of active duty members and their families, as well as student, faculty and staff veterans.”
For this academic year, 384 military-affiliated students, including 289 student veterans and 95 active-duty military personnel, are enrolled at App State.
Schools that received the Military Friendly School designation for 2022–23 were evaluated based on the following six categories:
- student retention.
- completion rates.
- job placement.
- loan repayment.
- Persistence rates (study progress).
- default rates.
“At Student Veteran Services, we strive to ensure that all of our military-related students receive the support and resources they need to have a successful and enjoyable experience at App State,” said Jennifer Coffey ’04 ’16 ’21, App State’s program director Student Veterans Service. “We’re always looking for new ways to connect with our students and offer them programs that enhance their App State education.”
To encourage support for this student population, App State has created a new scholarship opportunity for student veterans — the GY6 Emergency Scholarship, Coffey announced.
This grant, made possible by the generosity of Student Veteran Services supporters, provides financial assistance to student veterans who are experiencing financial difficulties or emergencies. Student veterans in need may apply for GY6 emergency grant funds through App State’s Office of Case Management.
According to Coffey, GY6 stands for “Got Your Six” — a military expression meaning “I’ve got your back.”
“The name of the scholarship is intended to bring a sense of comfort to App State student veterans who may need it and to bring pride to those who choose to support the fund,” Coffey said.
Institutions that received the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. More than 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-23 survey.
The list of Military Friendly Schools is geared towards military members and their families to help them choose the best college, university or trade school to get the education and training needed for a civilian career.
Learn more about student veteran services at App State.
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Founded in 2001, VIQTORY (formerly known as Victory Media) is a disabled veteran-owned small business that connects the military community with civilian employment, education and entrepreneurial opportunities through its GI Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. Learn more at https://www.viqtory.com.
A Military Friendly® school since 2010
Since 2010, VIQTORY (formerly known as Victory Media), the leading media company for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Appalachian State University the Military Friendly® School designation. The award places App State in the top 15% of the nation’s colleges, universities and trade schools that do the most to host military students and provide resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. In addition to a number of existing services, the university opened the Major General Edward M. Reeder Jr. Student Veteran Resource Center in November 2016.
Services and resources supporting App State’s military-connected students
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About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate university in the state of North Carolina, Appalachian State University prepares students to live purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and accept their responsibility for creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience fosters a spirit of inclusion that inspires people to come together to learn and create, grow holistically, act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system. Appalachian has more than 20,000 enrolled students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio, and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degrees.