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2012.11.19 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

UNO Ranked Sixth in Military Friendliness

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) is one of the nation’s top six colleges for military veterans for 2013 according to a new report from “The Military Times” magazine. The selection is an increase from last year’s ninth-place ranking.

“The entire campus is proud of this recognition and passionate about serving our veterans, active military and their families,” UNO Chancellor John Christensen said. “This recognition is a great reflection of our legacy working with the military community, but it is also encouragement to do even more for these students that have given so much to our country.”

More than 4,000 colleges and universities from across the country took part in the survey, which ranks the participating schools on categories such as financial assistance, academic flexibility, campus culture and support services. UNO ranked ahead of schools such as the University of Kansas, University of Kentucky and Arizona State University.

“The ranking continues to recognize the strong efforts by UNO, its academic units and student affairs in making the campus as military friendly as possible so our veterans, active duty military and their families can achieve their academic goals,” added B.J. Reed, UNO’s senior vice chancellor for academic and student affairs.

In April, UNO officially opened its Military and Veterans University Services Office (MaV USO), which serves as a one-stop location where students can access programs and services specifically designed for active military, veterans and their families. Some of the services offered include GI Bill assistance, in-processing, deployment assistance and academic support.

“MaV USO provides a holistic approach to services for military and veteran students with support from program selection to enrollment to graduation and beyond,” said Hayley Patton, the office’s director. “It is an office staffed by people with a military affiliation who understand veterans and want to make sure they are successful at UNO.”

UNO is also a full participant in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Yellow Ribbon Program. This means eligible students, who are using the Post-9/11 GI Bill, will have their tuition and fees covered while at UNO.

In addition to MaV USO, military offerings and programs at UNO include:
An office on Offutt Air Force Base providing most UNO student services;
Online degree programs;
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. Recently added to this degree are concentrations in Fire Service Management and Emergency Management, two areas that have seen interest from military and veteran students.

The current enrollment of active and veteran military personnel at UNO is more than 1,100 students. Undergraduate and graduate classes are available on campus, at Offutt Air Force Base 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 military members received their degrees.

“We take great pride in making sure our military and veteran students are supported to be successful in obtaining their education goals and that they are able to easily navigate the university,” Patton added. “While UNO has been recognized as military-friendly for several years, we want to make sure that we are always striving to be military-friendly.”

“The Military Times” publishes several military focused newsweeklies – “Air Force Times,” “Army Times,” “Marine Corps Times” and “Navy Times.” The publications are available worldwide at military bases.

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