Penn State World Campus rated as veteran-friendly by Military Times

November 10, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus has been recognized as a top veteran-friendly online school in the Military Times’ “Best for Vets” 2015 college rankings released Monday (Nov. 10).

World Campus was No. 13 among 20 online and nontraditional schools ranked for the services they provide to veteran students and families.

“Penn State World Campus is committed to helping veterans and military service members realize their educational goals,” said Craig Weidemann, Penn State vice president for Outreach and vice provost for Online Education. “Our ranking on this select list by Military Times recognizes the hard work and strong support that our online faculty and staff provide for our veteran students.”

In 2013-2014, more than 1,550 veteran students were enrolled in degree and certificate programs through World Campus.

The rankings were developed from surveys of more than 100 questions submitted by colleges and universities across the country. The rankings are based on evaluations on five categories: university culture, academic quality, student support, academic policies and financial aid.

Among the services and support available to veterans enrolled through World Campus are dedicated military admissions and advising teams. World Campus also offers financial assistance, including through the Military Grant-in-Aid program that reduces tuition for undergraduate service members and their spouses and scholarships.

One of the elements the survey examined was the student-to-faculty ratio. World Campus had one of the lowest ratios among the 20 ranked schools at 13 to 1, which helps provide for a more personalized educational experience.

Ginny Newman, the assistant director for defense sector education at World Campus, said the long history with the Department of Defense has given the University an appreciation of military culture.

“We’ve had ROTC since 1917 commissioning more than 7,000 officers for all of the service branches, and we are one of the more prolific universities conducting research for the Department of Defense,” she said. “Many of our military support staff are veterans themselves, so they understand the unique needs of our student veterans.”

Ryan Opeka, who transitioned from the Marine Corps to civilian life in 2010, praised the appreciation for the military he found in World Campus. He said World Campus gave him the chance to connect with other veterans around the globe who were making the same move.

“The esprit de corps I experienced as a Marine was ever-present while pursuing my degree online,” said Opeka, who got his bachelor of science in criminal justice in 2013 and works as a detective with the Carlsbad Police Department in the suburbs of San Diego. "World Campus had the resources in place to help me get the most out of my benefits while achieving a lifelong dream.”  

Military Times is the third national publication to recognize World Campus as a military-friendly school. The others are G.I. Jobs and Military Advanced Education.

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Last Updated November 11, 2014