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Thursday, August 19, 2010



BRADFORD, Pa. – For the second year in a row, the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine.

The list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

The tens of billions in tuition money now available with the passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill last year has intensified an already strong desire by colleges to court veterans into their classrooms.

“This list is especially important now because the recently enacted Post-9/11 GI Bill has given veterans virtually unlimited financial means to go to school,” said Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher. “Veterans can now enroll in any school, provided they’re academically qualified. So schools are clamoring for them like never before. Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

Derek Blumke, president of Student Veterans of America and a member of the list’s Academic Advisory Board, agrees. “The Military Friendly Schools list is the gold standard in letting veterans know which schools will offer them the greatest opportunity, flexibility and overall experience. It’s especially important now with so many schools competing for military students.”

Pitt-Bradford is participating in the Yellow Ribbon Plan, which fills the gap between in-state and out-of-state tuition for qualifying out-of-state veterans.

Pitt-Bradford will also waive its application fee for veterans and accept some credits from military training and experience.

Like all Pitt-Bradford students, veterans will be eligible for extra academic assistance from the Academic Success Center, and disabled veterans can receive additional assistance from the center’s learning development specialist. Some students may also be eligible for TRiO Student Support Services, which helps first-generation, disabled and other qualified students adjust to and succeed in college.

The list was compiled through exhaustive research starting last April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide.

For more information on Pitt-Bradford or an eligibility consultation, contact Bob Dilks Jr., director of transfer and nontraditional student recruitment, at or visit .

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