Kennesaw State named "Military Friendly School"


Prestigious award by veterans publication honors only top 20 percent of schools nationwide…

Georgia (Sep 13, 2011)Prestigious award by veterans publication honors only top 20 percent of schools nationwide

KENNESAW, Ga.  (Sept. 12, 2011) Kennesaw State University President Daniel S. Papp today announced the university’s designation as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine. The honor recognizes the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students.

“Kennesaw State is proud to receive this award, designating us as a ‘Military Friendly School,’” said Papp. “Just last month, top Joint Chiefs of Staff officers from the Office of Warrior and Family Support visited KSU’s Veterans Resource Center, so we know we’re on the military’s radar screen. This designation recognizes the hard work and dedication of faculty, staff and countless volunteers dedicated to helping our nation’s veterans continue their education.”

In selecting Kennesaw State, the magazine noted the key role KSU’s Veterans Resource Center has played helping veterans. The Veterans Resource Center is a one-stop shop for veterans who wish to start or continue their college education. Part of Student Success Services, the center counsels veterans on applying for Veterans’ educational benefits and assists with enrollment.

“We are pleased that 760 veterans are seeking higher education at KSU,” said Jerome Ratchford, KSU’s vice president for student success. “Kennesaw State has experienced more than an 80 percent increase in the number of veterans enrolled between 2009 and 2011. We are pleased with what we have been able to accomplish thus far, but we have set our sights on re-doubling our efforts to get the word out that Kennesaw State welcomes all veterans.”

In compiling its ranking of the 2012 “Military Friendly Schools” list, G.I. Jobs surveyed student veterans to gauge their experiences in higher education. The magazine is published for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The survey, which relied on data regarding student veterans’ experience at a particular institution, covered more than 8,000 schools nationwide. 

According to G.I. Jobs, there are 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list of “Military Friendly Schools.” They were selected in part because they prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. The magazine noted the schools offer scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served.

Frank Wills, an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran, is director of the center. In his role, Wills advises veterans enrolled at the university and collaborates with other campus entities, including the offices of the registrar and financial aid. He also helps veterans as they acclimate to campus life, assisting them with obtaining their educational benefits and acting as a liaison between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the university. Wills works closely with veterans student groups on campus and with the national veterans community. 


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KennesawState University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 70 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the 35-unit University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of more than 23,400 students from 142 countries.

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