Penn State World Campus recognized as top online school for military students

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus has once again been recognized as a top choice for military and veteran students.

Military Times ranked Penn State World Campus No. 9 among online and nontraditional schools in its “Best for Vets: Colleges 2017” rankings, which were released Thursday (Nov. 10). It’s the second consecutive year that the publication ranked Penn State in its top 10; in the 2016 list, it was No. 8.

Penn State World Campus was designated as a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, which publishes G.I. Jobs and other military-focused publications. Military Advanced Education and Transition, a journal of higher education for servicemembers, also included World Campus in its “Guide to Top Colleges and Universities.”

“Our commitment to the military extends not only here at State College but around the globe. Penn State World Campus allows those who defend our country to continue their education with a premier educational institution as Penn State,” said Greg Bond, director of military education for Penn State World Campus. “Our dedicated faculty and staff are trained to be considerate of the military communities’ distinct circumstances as they try to better their lives through education all the while standing guard in defense of our great country.”

Almost 3,400 military and veteran students are enrolled in degree and certificate programs through the World Campus.

The rankings are based on surveys completed by universities about their policies and services.

Penn State World Campus has dedicated military admissions and advising teams and offers financial assistance to military students — such as the Military Grant-in-Aid program that reduces tuition for undergraduate service members and their spouses, as well as military scholarships.

Last week, the World Campus helped organize an event at the Bryce Jordan for military servicemen and women before the Nittany Lions home football game against Iowa. One was Army Sgt. Maj. Timothy Magee, a World Campus alumnus who graduated earlier this year with a master’s degree in adult education through a new Army fellowship program.

Penn State World Campus is taking part in the University’s Military Appreciation Week, which continues through Saturday, Nov. 12.

“It’s my home,” Army Sgt. Maj. Timothy Magee, a World Campus alumnus, told the Centre Daily Times in a recent interview. “It’s my alma mater. There’s no place like it.”

Visit the Penn State World Campus website for more information about military student support services.

Last Updated November 11, 2016