FDU Named a ‘Military Friendly School for 2011’
TEANECK, N.J. (Aug. 24, 2010) — Fairleigh Dickinson University has been named a “Military Friendly School for 2011” by G.I. Jobs magazine, a designation that places it in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide.
The Military Friendly Schools award honors institutions that are doing the most to serve America’s veterans as students, according to the magazine. G.I. Jobs surveyed and researched 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools, weighing criteria including schools’ efforts to recruit and retain active-duty military and veterans as well as their financial commitment in the form of such benefits as Yellow Ribbon program membership and tuition discounts.
“The ‘Military Friendly School’ honor is another validation of FDU’s commitment toward veterans,” said Ariel “AJ” Luna, director of Fairleigh Dickinson’s Office of Veterans Services (OVS). “I’m proud of the dramatic progress we’ve made over the last several years with our programs for veterans.”
Jeffrey Dunn, an Army veteran who served two tours of duty in Iraq, received his B.A. degree at FDU this year and is planning to earn an MBA. “I’ve always had a good experience here,” he said about Fairleigh Dickinson. “College can be a difficult transition for some veterans, but AJ and the OVS are so helpful that a lot of the stress is eliminated.”
In 2009, Fairleigh Dickinson was one of just 20 U.S. institutions — and one of only two private schools — to receive a $100,000 Veterans Award Grant from the American Council on Education and The Walmart Foundation. Grants were awarded to institutions that “operate model programs advancing access and success in higher education for veterans and their families.”
Total veteran enrollment at FDU’s two New Jersey campuses increased from 70 in 2008 to 170 in spring 2010, the largest enrollment of veterans among the state’s independent colleges. FDU has a long tradition of serving military veterans but has ramped up its efforts in recent years by creating a special veterans education taskforce; establishing the OVS and hiring Luna, a veteran himself, in 2009 to lead it; and expanding counseling and other services offered by its Center for Psychological Services to veterans and their families.
In addition, FDU offers an unlimited number of Yellow Ribbon scholarships to eligible veterans. The scholarships, combined with G.I. Bill benefits, allow veterans to attend FDU free of charge.
The magazine’s award means that FDU will be listed in its 2011 Guide to Military Friendly Schools, which will be published in September and distributed to military Education Service Offices nationwide. The guide will also be available for purchase online at http://militaryfriendlyschools.com.
For more information about veterans services at Fairleigh Dickinson University, go to http://fdu.edu/veterans.