CLEMSON — Clemson University has been named a 2016 Military Friendly School, a designation awarded to universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
“Clemson has been and remains committed to our military, so I am not surprised by this ranking and I look forward to seeing how Clemson can be a leader among all universities in the nation for supporting our student veterans and living out our military heritage every day,” said Lt. Col. James Mullinax, professor of military leadership and commander of the ROTC program.
“Clemson has a proud military history, from its beginning as a military college and continuing today through the Army and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps programs, as well as the Clemson Corps alumni group that continues to keep the tradition alive,” he said.
The designation was made by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM JobsSM and Military Spouse.
The designation is a positive sign for student and prospective student veterans, and reflects the school’s open embrace of those who have served, said Samuel Wigley, president of the Clemson Student Veterans Association.
The Clemson Student Veterans Association is happy to see the progress that Clemson has made toward becoming a veteran-friendly school,” Wigley said. “The administration has been more than willing to listen and help with the concerns of the veteran population as they have been brought forward. There is still work to be done and we look forward to working with Clemson to help ease the transition from military life to the collegiate life for future Tigers.”
The Military Friendly Schools process has played a significant role in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country. Institutions competed for the title by completing a survey of more than 100 questions about 10 categories, including military support on campus, graduation and employment outcomes, and military spouse policies. Survey responses were scored against benchmarks in these key indicators of success.
Post-secondary institutions earning the 2016 Military Friendly School award have exceptionally strong programs for transitioning service members and spouses,” said Daniel Nichols, chief product officer of Victory Media and a Navy Reserve veteran. “Our Military Friendly Schools are truly aligning their military programs and services with employers to help students translate military experience, skills and training into successful careers after graduation.”
Clemson will be showcased with other 2016 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on MilitaryFriendly.com.
Clemson University graduate William Maxwell McMullan presents arms during the national anthem after he was commissioned as a U.S. Marine Corps second lieutenant.
Clemson University ROTC cadet James McNamara conducts his duty as Honor Guard for the Scroll of Honor. The Clemson ROTC posts the guard in shifts for Military Appreciation Day.
This story was written by Ken Scar, Media Relations, Clemson University.