Penn State's World Campus is named a best school for veterans

Military Times EDGE's ranking is just the latest recognition for the University's efforts to recruit and support military and veteran students

Penn State's efforts to educate and support veterans in its online World Campus have been recognized in Military Times EDGE's first-ever Best for Vets: Colleges 2010 survey.

"Penn State is committed to helping veterans and military service members achieve their educational goals," said Wayne Smutz, executive director of Penn State World Campus and associate vice president for Academic Outreach. "These students account for more than 2,600 online course enrollments, or 11 percent of World Campus enrollments."

Military Times EDGE, a monthly education and career magazine for Military Times newspapers distributed free on military bases, invited more than 4,000 colleges and universities to describe their programs, policies and resources for veterans. Military Times EDGE evaluated institutions on their financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services and selected the top 101 Best for Vets Colleges, which are listed at http://militarytimesedge.com/projects/best-for-vets-colleges-2010/ online.

Penn State ranks in the top 2 percent of the institutions invited to participate in the survey, based on its dedicated Admissions and Advising Team for military and veteran students, its military grant-in-aid that reduces the public tuition rate by 38 percent for all undergraduate courses and programs and its scholarships for military and veteran students. Penn State also offers support services for veterans through the Office of Veterans Programs, Office of Disability Services and Center for Counseling and Psychological Services. In addition, the University participates in the Veterans Administration Yellow Ribbon Program.

In 2011, Penn State will offer five Webinars for faculty and staff members who assist military and veteran students with admissions, advising, financial aid, outreach, psychological and disabilities services. World Campus is developing a separate online training program to help faculty better understand the education needs of this population.

Penn State previously has been honored with the 2009 Ray Ehrensberger Award for Institutional Excellence in Military Education. Military Advanced Education has included World Campus in its annual “Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities,” and G.I. Jobs Magazine has named Penn State a Military Friendly School.

For information about Penn State's online degree programs and services for military and veteran students, visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/BestforVets online.

Penn State World Campus specializes in adult online education, delivering more than 70 of Penn State's most highly regarded graduate, undergraduate and professional education programs through convenient online formats. Founded in 1998, Penn State World Campus is the University's 25th campus serving more than 9,600 students in all 50 states and 62 countries. For more information, visit http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/ online. Penn State World Campus is part of Penn State Outreach, the largest unified outreach organization in American higher education. Penn State Outreach serves more than 5 million people each year, delivering more than 2,000 programs to people in all 67 Pennsylvania counties, all 50 states and 114 countries worldwide.

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Last Updated November 22, 2010