Westminster Named to the "2016 Military Friendly Schools" List

Nov 9, 2015

Nov. 10, 2015 SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster is pleased to announce that it has been designated a "2016 Military Friendly® School" by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds, and publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse magazines. The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation. "This award recognizes Westminster's understanding of the value student veterans have in the classroom, on campus and in the workplace," said Sylvia O'Hara, director of Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services. "I'm proud to be part of a campus that strives to create inclusive spaces and unique opportunities for its veteran students." Institutions competed for the elite Military Friendly School title by completing a survey of over 100 questions covering 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks across these key indicators of success. Some of the reasons Westminster was included in this year's military friendly list include:
  • New Center for Veteran and Military Services
  • Full-time Veterans Center director
  • Application fees waived for all veterans
  • Westminster participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Small class sizes and personalized faculty attention
  • Graduating student veterans are given Honor cords to wear at Commencement
  • Westminster Military Association
For more information about Westminster's Center for Veteran and Military Services, visit westminstercollege.edu/vets. About Military Friendly® Schools: The Military Friendly® Schools designation process includes extensive research and a datadriven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding. The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings are developed with the assistance of an independent Advisory Board comprised of educators and HR, diversity and recruitment professionals from schools across the country. The survey is administered for free and open to all post-secondary schools who wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found on our website, https://www.militaryfriendly.com.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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