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List of Military Friendly American Colleges and Universities

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The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list, released by Victory Media (VA), honors American higher educational institutions for their efforts to support, recruit and retain the country's military service members, veterans, and spouses as students on their respective campuses. University of North Georgia (UNG) is one of the lucky institutions to be named in the annual Military Friendly Schools list.

"The Corps of Cadets is a vital part of this university's heritage - and its future," said university President Bonita C. Jacobs in an official statement. "We are honored to count numerous service members, veterans and their family members among our students, faculty and staff and depend upon their expertise and leadership as we strive to fulfill our mission of educating leaders."

According to the university officials, the school has been selected as The Military College of Georgia by the Georgia General Assembly. UNG's Corps of Cadets comprises of more than 800 cadets. The U.S. Army or the Georgia National Guard commissions around 70 to 80 graduating cadets as second lieutenants annually.

"Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows the University of North Georgia's commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students," said Sean Collins, vice president at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran. "The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools."

The list is based on widespread research and a survey of more than 10,000 VA-approved schools across the country. The results were then separately tested by Ernst & Young LLP based on the weightings and methodology determined by VA. The 2013-14 Military Friendly Schools list is also based on feedback received from over 4,000 actual student veterans.

 "Our survey and data-driven Military Friendly Schools® list stand out as one of the primary drivers for leading practices captured within the administration's '8 Keys to Success' prior to its inception," said Sean Collins, Vice President for Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran in a press release. "The administration's '8 Keys to Success' provide high-level, macro suggestions that schools can take to help veterans and service members transition into the classroom, but lacks actionable definition of best practices needed to really move the needle on campus."

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