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2012.09.17 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Named Top Military Friendly School for Fourth Consecutive Year

Omaha - G.I. Jobs magazine has named the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) one of its top Military Friendly Schools for 2013.

UNO, for the fourth consecutive year, received the honor from the magazine and is among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools nationwide that embrace America’s veterans as students.

The honor recognizes UNO’s continued effort to support military and veteran students and their families. One major element of that effort began earlier this year with the opening of UNO’s first one-stop office for military and veteran students known as MaV USO (Military and Veteran University Services Office).

MaV USO assists students in accessing programs and services specifically designed for military, veterans and their family members; this includes GI Bill assistance, in-processing and transition to UNO, and academic support. The office also features a Veteran Student Lounge with computers, lounge chairs, meeting space, free printing and free coffee for veteran students on campus.

Military Friendly Schools actively recruit military students and implement military-friendly policies for continuing education.

At UNO, military focused offerings and programs include:

• Student services at MaV USO and Offutt Air Force Base;
• Online degree programs;
• A veteran student support group that works in collaboration with the Omaha Vet Center and;
• Flexible deployment policy.

Also offered at UNO is a Bachelor of General Studies degree featuring more than 45 areas of concentration, many of which are specifically designed to meet the career needs of military personnel. The degree recognizes previous college and some military credit, and gives 10 credit hours for at least one year of active duty service.

The current enrollment of military-affiliated students at UNO is more than 1,000 students. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available for military personnel at Offutt Air Force Base, on campus and through a variety of online programs. The United States Air Force initiated the Bootstrap Program in 1951 to encourage members of the military to ‘lift themselves by the bootstraps’ by earning a college degree. UNO – then Omaha University – was one of only a handful of institutions nationwide to participate. Under the program, more than 12,000 individuals received their degrees.

For more information on the Military Friendly Schools profram, visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com. For more information on MaV USO and other UNO-based military programs, contact the MaV USO offices at 402.554.2349 or by email at unovets@unomaha.edu.

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