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Thursday, November 10, 2016

PITT-BRADFORD NAMED A ‘MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL’ FOR EIGHTH YEAR

BRADFORD, Pa. – For the eighth year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media for embracing military students and dedicating resources to ensure their success.

First published in 2009, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,160 were awarded with the designation.

Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

James Baldwin, vice president of enrollment management at Pitt-Bradford, said, “The Military Friendly School designation is a reflection of the hard work and dedication made by so many different offices and people at Pitt-Bradford who actively help returning veterans and their dependents to be successful in their pursuit of higher education.”

According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and Chief Product Officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans.

“Military Friendly helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Support for veterans includes academic coaching and tutoring, disability resources, an academic advising center, writing center and mathematics center as well as career and counseling services.

Pitt-Bradford is showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., assistant vice president of enrollment management, at dilks@pitt.edu or visit www.upb.pitt/veterans.

For disability-related needs, contact the Office of Disability Resources at 814-362-7609 or clh71@pitt.edu.

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