Gannon Again Named to List of Military Friendly Schools

post 9-11 grad capPosted: September 21, 2012

Gannon University has been named to the list of “Military Friendly Schools” nationally for the third time.

The list of Military Friendly Schools is compiled by Victory Media, a company that strives to be a resource for military personnel transitioning to civilian life. The 2013 list recently was released.

The exclusive list recognizes the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationally that are “doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses and to ensure their success as students.” The schools named to the list are “making the grade” with respect to educating veterans and offering resources specifically for them.

In evaluating colleges and universities for inclusion on the list, Victory Media, based in Coraopolis, Pa., uses a number of categories. Schools are scored in the following areas:

  • Resources on campus, including programs and staff designed to support enrolled military students
  • Strength of academic programs
  • Percentage of military students
  • Academic credit offered for military service
  • Flexible options for military students
  • Graduation rates of veterans
  • Government approvals
  • Student tuition assistance
  • Post-graduation employment rates for veterans and policies for military spouses and dependents

The tabulation process and the results are independently verified by Ernst & Young LLP.

Gannon University recently hired Ronald K. Swift, LTC (Ret), USAR, as veteran financial aid and enrollment counselor. Swift works with veterans interested in attending Gannon and helps them understand and apply the benefits they are eligible for as a result of their service.

“Gannon University consistently has demonstrated outstanding support for veterans interested in attending college,” Swift said. “We work very closely with the individuals who’ve served our country, from their initial acceptance through their graduation. We strive to help ensure that they receive a quality education and stand ready to make a positive impact in their chosen field.”

In addition, Gannon is a participating university in the Yellow Ribbon Program, established by the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program allows colleges and universities to voluntarily work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund tuition and fee expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fee rate in their state.

Gannon also offers an Army ROTC program and is a member of the “Pride of PA” Battalion. The program offers specialized leadership training through both course work and related activities. ROTC also allows cadets to develop the qualities essential to success in any military or civilian career, including physical stamina, self discipline and poise.

Gannon University is a Catholic, Diocesan university offering nearly 100 academic programs, including doctoral programs in physical therapy and organizational learning and leadership. Gannon enrolls more than 4,000 academically talented and diverse students.

Gannon is ranked in the top tier in the new edition of “America’s Best Colleges” for the ninth consecutive year and is included in the annual guide’s list of “Great Schools at Great Prices” for the seventh time. Learn more at