‘Military Friendly’


South Texas College has been named among the top 10 colleges in the nation for serving military and veteran students, according to a renowned Military Friendly Schools survey released on Feb. 17.

Solidifying STC’s commitment to creating better outcomes for veterans, the college was awarded Military Friendly’s gold seal and ranked ninth overall as a Military Friendly school for the 2020-21 school year.

The survey is among the longest-running and most comprehensive reviews of college and university investments in serving military and veteran students. It is often considered the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefit for the military community.

“Our office is committed to making sure our veterans and their families have a smooth transition into college and throughout their time at South Texas College,” said Claire Forrester, coordinator of Veteran Recruitment and Engagement at STC. “We’re honored to receive the gold seal designation because our staff works incredibly hard to assist our veterans from their initial enrollment through graduation.”

STC and its Office of Student Veteran Affairs are dedicated to serving veterans, active military, reservists, spouses, and dependents in meeting their educational goals.

The college as a whole offers a wide variety of resources, support, and advocacy so student veterans succeed in meeting their higher education goals. Working in conjunction with STC’s Student Veterans of America Chapter, numerous programs and services have been installed including peer-to-peer programs, a veteran lending library, “Foxhole” study rooms, labs, and much more.

More information about veterans’ services can be found at southtexascollege.edu/veterans/#sva.

“From the moment a new student walks into our office, they’re assisted by one of our work studies, many of whom are veterans themselves,” Forrester said. “I think the camaraderie that’s provided by our students plays an important role in aiding veteran success because they have a space on campus where they feel comfortable and can be around students who share their experiences.”

Data evaluated by Military Friendly for its designations and awards are sourced from three categories, including public data sources, proprietary data, and personal data from surveys of veterans themselves. Data is then pushed through a pre-determined algorithm as per the organization’s methodology, and the results are audited by EY (Ernst & Young) before publication.

For more information about the Military Friendly award, please visit militaryfriendly.com/.

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