Canisius Recognized as Military Friendly School

January 24, 2017

Buffalo, NY – For the eighth consecutive year, Canisius College is among the top institutes of higher education designated a 2017 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse.  First published in 2009, Military Friendly Schools is the most comprehensive resource for veterans today.  Each year, the list of Military Friendly Schools is provided to service members and their families, and help them select the best college, university or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. 

“Veterans who return to an academic environment need a specialized approach to their educations, as well as a veteran-specific support system,” says Anne Marie Dobies ’92, MS ’99, MS ’06, assistant vice president and director of the Griff Center, which manages the college’s veterans’ services.  “We have a long history of supporting the men and women who serve our country, and are proud to provide them with excellent undergraduate and graduate school options, which are flexible, affordable and meet their educational and personal needs.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey.   Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community.  Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to those colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their successes in the classroom and after graduation. 

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” says Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media.  “Military Friendly helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Canisius instituted an Office of Veterans Services in March 2011 to meet the needs of a growing veteran student population, which has more than doubled since 2007. The Office of Veterans Services provides academic, disability, career and social support for these non-traditional students.

For more information about Canisius’ commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit

Canisius College is one of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation and the premier private university in Western New York.