The University of North Dakota has been named one of the “Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities” by Military Advanced Education (MAE) magazine for the second consecutive year. In its fifth Annual Guide, MAE honored UND as one of fewer than 300 schools which specifically cater to the military community.
“This is a wonderful achievement for UND and it comes on heels of recent news that UND’s online programs are ranked No. 3 in the nation for military friendliness,” said UND President Robert Kelley. “More importantly, this is great news for our military veterans and their dependents who have chosen UND for a top-flight education -- whether they are studying on campus or from afar. We owe them at least this much for the sacrifices they have made for our country.”
Currently, UND enrolls about 600 student veterans who are receiving military education benefits, according to school records.
UND met MAE’s criteria for a military-friendly school by: (1) offering the North Dakota tuition rate for military members, veterans, and their dependents regardless of their residency status; (2) participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, which pays for tuition and fees not covered the Post 9/11 GI Bill; (3) having a dedicated military and veteran services advisor on staff; (4) accepting transfer, military training, and CLEP credits; and (5) offering fully online degree programs.
“My experience has been outstanding,” said Joe Hundeby, a graduate student in the Educational Leadership program who served in the United States Air Force from 1986 to 2002. “I can’t say enough about the tremendous staff, professors, and students at UND. The Veteran program available for students at UND under Ms. Carol Anson [UND veteran certifying official] is top notch and not even closely matched by any other universities that I have experienced.”
Military Advanced Education is the only magazine produced specifically for service members seeking to take advantage of the military education benefit. MAE covers issues and trends in education and distance learning as they specifically relate to military life, including innovative programs, military educational policy, financial aid and coursework that offer special opportunities for military personnel.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, UND also was honored as a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine, which places UND in the top 20% of all colleges, universities and trade schools supporting the military community. In 2012, Guide to Online Schools named UND as one of the “Top 3 Military-Friendly Online Schools” in the country, behind only the University of Wisconsin and the University of Iowa.