Norwich University ranks nationally as military and veteran-friendly college

Norwich educates more than 200 active military and veteran students on campus and more than one-third of students in its online programs fall in to one of those categories.

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NORTHFIELD, VT., Nov. 26, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Norwich University has been named to several lists by publications that rank institutions of higher education for military or veteran "friendliness," including U.S. News and World Report, Victory Media's G.I. Jobs, Gannett's Military Times and Military Advanced Education.

Rankings highlight universities that participate in military-specific federal funding initiatives, such as the Yellow Ribbon Program, and institutional measures that ease the transition from a military lifestyle to that of a college student.

"Norwich University was founded upon a mission of citizen-soldiers and service to others, so by investing in our veteran students and adapting our services to meet their unique needs we are simply living our ideals out of respect for their service," said Norwich President Richard W. Schneider.

Norwich is named to U.S. News and World Report's inaugural list, 2014 Best Colleges for Veterans, in the Regional (North) category. As explained on its website: "These are the top-ranked schools in the Best Colleges rankings that participate in federal initiatives helping veterans and active service members apply, pay for and complete their degrees."

For the fifth year, Norwich was named one of the most military-friendly schools in the U.S. by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business and publisher of G.I. Jobs and the Guide to Military Friendly Schools®. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success.

Norwich ranks on the Military Times Best for Vets: College 2014 list. This distinction recognizes and rewards Norwich for its commitment to providing opportunities to America's veterans. Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge for school and degree programs. The rankings factor in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members. The extensive evaluation process also factors in statistics commonly used to track student success and academic quality, including student loan default rates, retention rates, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios.

Norwich University has also been selected as a top military-friendly school in Military Advanced Education's 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, a list featured annually in the magazine's December issue.

Norwich educates more than 200 active military and veteran students on campus and more than one-third of students in its online programs fall in to one of those categories.

"The tradition that Norwich has held with the U.S. military continues through its spectacular support of its military members," said Sean Freitag, a 2013 graduate of the Norwich University College of Graduate and Continuing Studies' Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis. "Everyone, from the program directors to the professors teaching the courses, makes an effort to work with the military members to ensure their success. They are very understanding of our dynamic situations and allow as much latitude as possible."

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University's College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution's 194 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master's degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor's degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. online.norwich.edu

Daphne Larkin