Military Advanced Education (MAE) has awarded Syracuse University the designation of a Top Military-Friendly University in its 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities.

From community colleges to state universities, online universities and nationally known centers of higher learning, MAE’s 2014 Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities provides potential students with information about institutions that go out of their way to give back to men and women in uniform.

Among the attributes considered in evaluating this year’s institution for inclusion in the guide are the flexibility of online learning options, extent of transfer credits accepted by degree level, on-campus ROTC, Service member Opportunity Colleges (SOC) participation, on-campus active duty/veteran assistance, the support provided to the families of service members, faculty trained in veteran reintegration issues, presence on military installations and  full-time counselors trained in veteran-specific mental health concerns.

SU has a longstanding commitment to veterans and military families that began during the post-World War II era when Chancellor Tolley offered returning veterans a prestigious institution at which to use their G.I. Bill benefits. SU continues its dedication to veterans through present-day initiatives created within the University’s 13 professional schools and colleges, personalized services from recruitment to degree completion available to student-veterans through University College and the Veterans’ Resource Center, and programs administered under the auspices of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF).

“As our enrollment of veterans continues to grow since the post-9/11 benefit was put into effect, we creatively look for ways to enhance and increase our support and services for our student veterans,” says Bea González, dean of University College. “From admissions and to financial aid, our advisors are trained in veteran-specific matters in order to help our students every step of the way. Our staff is ready to work with our veterans to facilitate their access to the university and achieve their academic goals.”