William Mitchell’s commitment to recruiting and assisting military students has again earned it national recognition: For the second year in a row, the college has been named a Military Friendly School by G.I. Jobs magazine. The distinction is based on a survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide.
Mitchell scored well in the survey for its flexibility and the fact it has veteran advisors on staff. In addition, the William Mitchell Veterans’ Assistance Organization (VAO) helps military students deal with a variety of issues. This fall the VAO began a collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV), offering free follow-up legal help to veterans who are referred to them from the MACV’s free drop-in clinics.
Mitchell’s evening programs are a strong draw for military students and veterans, and the college participates in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Yellow Ribbon program, in which schools donate additional tuition funds to veterans. Those funds are then matched by the VA. Another financial benefit is the fact that military students called to active service may return to Mitchell without being penalized.
Victory Media, which conducts the survey of Military Friendly schools, says each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year. This is because of improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with help from an advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country.