AMHERST, Mass. – The University of Massachusetts Amherst ranks among the 15 percent of schools that are the most “military friendly” in the country, offering the best education, value and welcome to service members and veterans, according to G.I. Jobs magazine.
Based on a survey of 12,000 universities, colleges and trade schools, the magazine selected schools that offer a range of academic programs, support services and policies that help veterans and their dependents achieve their educational goals.
UMass Amherst was cited for having full-time veterans counselors on staff, its Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, career placement, child care facilities, campus and social networking events for veterans and policies allowing students to receive refunds on tuition and fees if they are called to active service.
UMass Amherst has renewed its efforts to recruit and serve veterans since the federal Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 significantly expanded benefits for people serving since Sept. 11, 2001. For qualifying veterans, the expanded GI Bill covers the full in-state cost of any public college or university. The Yellow Ribbon aspect of the program provides funding for additional out-of-state tuition costs. UMass Amherst currently serves more than 400 student veterans. In addition to services provided to all students, veterans receive direct support from the Veteran Services Office and the student-run VeteranOne organization.
According to G.I. Jobs, veterans surveyed at UMass Amherst gave the school high marks in five categories: veterans resources, school resources, faculty, school environment and career services. On a 4.0-scale, UMass Amherst’s scores averaged 3.32.
As part of being included on the Military Friendly Schools list, UMass Amherst will be among the more than 1,700 postsecondary schools featured in G.I. Jobs’ 2013 Guide to Military Friendly Schools and will be included in the listing online at www.militaryfriendlyschools.com.