IUP SELECTED FOR “MILITARY FRIENDLY® SCHOOLS” LISTING
Indiana University of Pennsylvania has been selected by Victory Media for the tenth consecutive year for its list of Military Friendly® Schools.
More than 1,000 schools were considered for the listing, which honors institutions the magazine’s editors describe as delivering “the best experience for military students.”
“It is an honor to be consistently recognized for the work that IUP has done to help our veteran and military-affiliated students,” Dr. Cory Shay, director of IUP’s Military and Veterans Resource Center, said. “We are proud of the work that we have done, but we will not rest on our laurels – we will continue to work hard to improve our services for our veterans and their families.”
IUP opened the Military Resource Center in January 2014 under the leadership of IUP President Dr. Michael Driscoll. The Center absorbed the responsibilities of the Veterans Affairs Benefits Office in 2016 and updated its name to the Military and Veteran’s Resource Center. The MVRC works collaboratively with IUP programs and services, serving as a one-stop information and referral site to help military-affiliated students transition to college life and achieve their academic goals.
In fall 2021, almost 900 veterans or military-affiliated students are enrolled at IUP (almost 10 percent of the student body). Since fall 2014, IUP has increased the enrollment of veterans and military-affiliated students by almost 70 percent.
IUP also has consistently been named by Military Times magazine as one of the nation’s “Best for Vets” institutions.
IUP is a participant in the Yellow Ribbon program, a provision of the post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008 that allows U.S. colleges and universities to enter into an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.