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22 G.I. JOBS | FEBRUARY 2017 | MILITARYFRIENDLY.COM Access to new technology allows us to collect and process vast amounts of data to determine which schools are Better for Veterans. 2017 MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOLS EDU MILITARY FRIENDLY ® SCHOOLS MORE THAN 1.6 MILLION service members, veterans and family members have used the Post-9/11 GI Bill to better their chance of launching a meaningful civilian career since the new GI Bill went into effect in August 2009. Many of them have struggled to find reliable information to help them make informed decisions about the school they should attend. After all, there are nearly 17,000 schools and 36,000 programs approved for VA funding, so the choices can be overwhelming. With the evolution of the Military Friendly ® ratings program, we've made it easier than ever for you to find the school that best fits your needs. We ask the question: Which schools are "better for veterans?" That is, which schools have better outcomes for military and veteran students than civilian students? How do we determine this? Please refer to the methodology on page 52 or on for all the details*. But to summarize, we established a standard definition of what it means for an institution to be considered Military Friendly ® . We then evaluated schools by collecting vast amounts of public and proprietary data, as well as veteran survey data: What we call the Three P's. THE THREE P'S Public Data: New technology allows us to access government data that measures important outcomes for educational institutions such as graduation, retention, job placement and loan repayment rates. It also allows us to incorporate federal caution flags against schools. Proprietary Survey Data: All schools wishing to be designated Military Friendly ® must complete an exhaustive survey that measures outcomes for military and veteran students compared to non-military students: graduation, retention, job placement and loan repayment rates. Personal Data: We also ask veterans attending these schools to give us their feedback. Who better to ask than veterans themselves? The results determine not only if an institution is Military Friendly ® , but also how Military Friendly ® it is. That led to the new awards program for 2017 that provides a more competitive view of how an organization is performing compared to similar organizations. This year we've awarded schools in 10 different categories that rise above the Military Friendly ® designation. A school can be awarded: • Top 10 – the best of the best! • Gold – within 20% of 10th-ranked organization. • Silver – within 30% of the 10th-ranked organization. • Bronze – within 40% of the 10th-ranked organization. On the following pages, you'll find the 100 schools that earned an award, plus the full list of all 1,276 Military Friendly ® Schools organized by state. We also publish and regularly update this list online on While data from our proprietary survey is updated each year in our annual survey, public and personal data updates monthly and may result in additions and even suspensions of an institution's designation. So, be sure to review our online list frequently. This is the reliable information that millions of veterans and military students need! *Our methodology and weightings are developed with assistance of two independent advisory councils. EY (Ernst & Young) independently evaluates the completeness and accuracy of the Military Friendly ® Schools data calculations and scoring tabulations using criteria set forth by Victory Media. The services performed by EY are advisory in nature. Read the revolutionary white paper titled "Better for Veterans" that urges institutions to commit to being "Better for Veterans" in their policies, programs and practices. ®

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