Oct. 2—Victory Media has named Northwestern to the coveted 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® list, an honor reserved for the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
"Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools ® shows Northwestern's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, Director for G.I. Jobs and Vice President at Victory Media.
Northwestern joins 1,739 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year's list recognized for leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience, as well as world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility, and other services.
Tech Sgt. Brandon Lancaster experienced a "military friendly" Northwestern when he joined the FOCUS program in 2009, transferring 90 credits from community college and previous military education. While pursuing a degree in business management, he found flexibility to accommodate his ongoing military career.
"The school couldn't have been better for me," Lancaster said, "There were times I needed to take an incomplete or needed an extension on an assignment, and the teachers were really flexible with that. That was a big deal, because I don't really have control over my military schedule."
After graduating in 2010 and starting a family, Lancaster decided to begin a transition out of his paralegal job into a business career. He sought guidance from Northwestern's Center for Calling & Career, partnering with assistant director Dianne-Lloyd Dennis to refine his resume.
"I had a meeting with Dianne and it couldn't have been better. She knew just by looking at my resume that I should be more confident about my qualification and my skills," he said, "It was a really big confidence booster and that was key in me taking the position I'm in now."
Lancaster manages a JAG office for the U.S. Air Force and works as a performance manager for CenterPoint Legal Solutions.
A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools ® will be highlighted in the annual G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools ®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.