Western Carolina University was recently recognized by several media outlets for the services the university provides to military students.
WCU once again has been named a “Military Friendly School” by Victory Media, a Pennsylvania-based company that surveys 7,000 schools nationwide to rate the services they provide to military students. The company recognizes higher education institutions with leading programs for veterans, members of the armed forces who are leaving military service, and military spouses and dependents.
The publication Military Times recently listed WCU in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” rankings. The rankings factor in the results of Military Times’ annual survey, a comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military student services and rates of academic achievement. “Best for Vets: Colleges 2016” is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that help make colleges and universities a good fit for service members, military veterans and their families.
Additionally, WCU has been named a “top school” in the 2016 Military Advanced Education & Transition Guide, which provides a listing of colleges and universities and how they rank in terms of best practices for military and veteran education. WCU was ranked highest in the areas of military culture, flexibility and general support.
WCU’s Office of Military Student Services is part of the university’s Division of Educational Outreach and is based in the Cordelia Camp Building. The office provides personal assistance for military students from the time they apply for admission to the university to graduation day.
“WCU strives to offer all students the best and most reliable resources available, and this is especially true for military students,” said Briana Ford, director of military student services. “To continue offering great service and outstanding support to students, Military Student Services is now offering Green Zone Training, a program for WCU faculty and staff to help them better understand the unique needs of military students. We feel this program will provide valuable information to the WCU community so we can all work together to help military students have a successful educational experience.”
Support groups such as the Student Veterans Association are available to students, as well as veteran counseling services. An on-campus Veterans Resource Center provides military students a place to meet and receive information pertaining to their educations, careers and life needs.