RICHLAND, Wash. – G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, has awarded Washington State University Tri-Cities the designation of Military Friendly School. The 2012 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

WSU Tri-Cities is included in the list of 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools that have prioritized the recruitment and retention of student veterans. Veterans make up 10 percent of the student population, and the campus is committed to promoting a welcoming environment that meaningfully acknowledges their contributions and encourages their transition into educational and civilian life, said Chancellor Vicky L. Carwein.

WSU Tri-Cities stands out from many other schools on the Military Friendly Schools list for its inclusion in the community and its close collaboration with the many veterans’ agencies in the mid-Columbia region, she said.

“We hold our student veterans in high regard and we are excited and honored to have this recognition,” said Carwein.

About the list
The 2012 list was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.  A full list of board members can be found here.       
 
A full story and detailed list of Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools and on a poster, both of which will be distributed to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The newly redesigned website, found at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com, features the list, interactive tools and search functionality to assist military veterans with their school decisions.
 
About WSU Tri-Cities
WSU Tri-Cities is located along the scenic Columbia River in Richland, Wash. Established in 1989 with upper division and graduate programs, WSU Tri-Cities expanded in 2007 to a four-year undergraduate campus offering 18 bachelor’s, 10 master’s and six doctoral degrees. Learn more at www.tricity.wsu.edu.
 
About G.I. Jobs

G.I. Jobs is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business that also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s Military Friendly Employers, Military Spouse Friendly Employers and Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.

For more information, visit www.tricity.wsu.edu/veterans.
 
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Source:
Jason Alves, WSU Tri-Cities Veterans Affairs, 509-372-7143, cell 509-845-0573, veterans@tricity.wsu.edu
Media contact:
Jana Kay Lunstad, WSU Tri-Cities Administration, 509-372-7208, jklunstad@tricity.wsu.edu