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ETSU receives eighth Military Friendly® designation
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JOHNSON CITY – East Tennessee State University has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media and appears in the “2017 Guide to Military Friendly® Schools.”

First published in 2009, this guide is provided annually to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career.

This is the eighth consecutive year during which ETSU has earned the Military Friendly® designation.

            In 1946, what was then East Tennessee State College welcomed 250 World War II veterans to study on its campus, and ETSU continues the tradition of serving veterans and their families in pursuing their educational and life goals, according to Col. (Ret.) Tony Banchs, director of Veterans Affairs at ETSU. 

            “With almost 500 military-affiliated students using the GI Bill, another 36 whose benefits have expired and who are continuing their studies at ETSU, and five active duty personnel, veterans now exceed 540 students,” Banchs said.  “We have already received admission applications on another 262 military-affiliated students, and upon acceptance, these will push us to around 700, moving us closer to achieving President Brian Noland’s goal of 1,000 military-affiliated students by 2022.

            “Also, the signing by Gov. Bill Haslam of Public Chapter 31 (Senate Bill 1232) on March 29 provides in-state status for veterans, dependents and spouses using GI Bill benefits, regardless of state residency, beginning this summer.  And the impending STRONG Act moving through both chambers in Nashville, which will provide last-dollar tuition for Tennessee Army and Air National Guard personnel, will continue to help the military-affiliated student program grow here at ETSU.”      

            Military-affiliated students receive priority registration for classes each semester, tutoring services exclusively tailored to their needs, exclusive access to ETSU’s Veterans Lounge for socializing and studying, and the support of the university’s Office of Veterans Affairs. Work study positions are available for students using GI Bill benefits, as well.

In addition, the ETSU Veterans Affairs Standing Committee, comprised of faculty, staff and student veterans, as well as the Student Veterans of America organization, address veterans’ issues on campus.

            Institutions earning the Military Friendly® designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey.  More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation based on survey scores and assessment of the ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence to degree advancement or transfer, and loan default rates for all students and specifically for student veterans.

In addition to appearing in the “2017 Guide to Military Friendly® Schools,” ETSU is showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® schools in special issues of “G.I. Jobs®” and “Military Spouse” magazine and on www.militaryfriendly.com.

For more information, call the ETSU Office of Veterans Affairs at 423-439-6819.
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