The School of Nursing has been ranked No. 1 among more than 745 institutions designated as 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools.
“It’s incredibly gratifying to be ranked as the top school among those designated as a Military Friendly® school,” said Nursing Dean Dr. Mary Ellen Glasgow.
The School of Nursing has been designated several times in the past as a Military Friendly® School, but this marks the first time it has been ranked No. 1. The school was recently ranked No. 12 among the 2021 U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Programs for its Master’s in Nursing for Veterans.
“We are proud to have veterans, active-duty personnel, members of the National Guard and Reserves and their dependents among our students,” Glasgow said. “This important designation demonstrates our commitment to supporting this distinct group of students. We are fortunate that they have entrusted us with their goals as they pursue higher education and successfully join or advance in the nursing profession. They know it’s time for bigger goals, and we’re happy to show them how to achieve them.”
The annual designation is awarded by Viqtory, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that connects the military community to civilian employment, education and entrepreneurial opportunities.
Methodology, criteria and value were determined by Viqtory, 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 an institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic-based scoring assessment.
Viqtory also measures a school’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.
“Schools who achieve designation show true commitment and dedication in their efforts,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships at Military Friendly®. “Our standards assist schools by providing a benchmark that promotes positive educational outcomes, resources and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community.”