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The Military Friendly Schools' designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The list serves as the primary resource for service members and military families seeking education and has played a significant role over the past five years in capturing and advancing best practices in supporting military students on campuses across the country.
According to Vanessa Barron, regional director of Troops to Teachers North Atlantic region located on West Chester's campus, "The University strives to create an intentional culture of understanding, acceptance, and success for veterans, active military, and those who support them."
Since his appointment in 2009, West Chester's President Greg Weisenstein has expanded and strengthened the University's commitment to veterans. A member of the U.S. Army Committee on Education, he received the General William E. DePuy Award, considered the most prestigious award given by Cadet Command, the parent organization of the Army ROTC program.
A Yellow Ribbon Program participate, West Chester supports an on-campus ROTC program and Veterans Center. Spouses, significant others, children, parents and friends are encouraged to participate in the University's "Standing Strong" support group designed to foster strength within individuals who have a loved one serving in the military. The University evaluates military transcripts for credit, offers in-state tuition rates for service members, and has a liberal withdrawal policy for service members activated or deployed. To continue evaluating its services to veterans attending West Chester, the University also established a Veterans Advisory Board.
"West Chester is committed to facilitating communication among its campus offices in order to coordinate services for student veterans, military service members, reservists and their families to provide a meaningful transition from the military to the University," says Barron.