GI Jobs Magazine Lauds Canisius as Military Friendly

BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College received the designation of “Military Friendly School” from G.I. Jobs, the premier magazine for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members and veterans as students. 

Canisius College instituted an Office of Veterans Services to meet the needs of a growing veteran student population, which has more than doubled at Canisius since 2007. The Veterans Services Office provides academic, disability, career and social support for these non-traditional students. The college is currently constructing a veteran’s lounge in Lyons Hall, where veteran students can go to study, relax and socialize with other veterans. 

In its effort to help student veterans find the right school, G.I. Jobsincorporated a survey of student veterans for the first time. This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at a particular institution based on peer reviews from current students. 

“The Military Friendly Schools list is the go-to resource for prospective student veterans searching for schools that provide the right overall experience,” says Michael Dakduk, executive director for the Student Veterans of America. “Nothing is more compelling than actual feedback from current student veterans.”

The 1,518 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list prioritize the recruitment of students with military experience. These schools are making the grade by offering scholarships and discounts, veterans’ clubs, full-time staff, military credit and other services to those who served. The 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data driven survey of more than 8,000 schools nationwide. Methodology, criteria and weighting for the list were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board (AAB) consisting of educators from schools across the country. 

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com) is published by Victory Media, a veteran-owned business which also publishes The Guide to Military Friendly Schools, Military Spouse and Vetrepreneur magazines and annually rates the nation’s “Military Friendly Employers,” “Military Spouse Friendly Employers” and “Best Corporations for Veteran-Owned Businesses.

Canisius College is one of 28 Catholic Jesuit colleges in the nation and the premier private college in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.