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Northern Michigan University is One of the 57 ‘Veteran-Friendly” Schools for the 2015-2016 School Year


Student veterans can choose from 57 ‘veteran-friendly schools’ this fall

MVAA rankings announced for 2015-16 school year


LANSING, Mich. – Student veterans and their dependents can now choose from more than 50 veteran-friendly schools committed to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to better support their academic and transitional needs.


The Veteran-Friendly School program, created by the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, recognizes institutions of higher learning for their dedication to student veterans and dependents utilizing their G.I. Bill and other educational benefits.


The 2015 rankings are now available on Fifty-seven schools earned either bronze-, silver- or gold-level status as determined by the number of services they offer to student veterans, which are also listed on the webpage.


“Nearly half of this year’s veteran-friendly schools achieved a gold-level designation, which is a huge achievement,” MVAA Director Jeff Barnes said. “Whether schools offer an active student veterans club, on-campus support staff, accelerated learning programs for military experience or all of the above and more, veterans attending these institutions have a variety of services and resources available to them as they begin the next chapter of their lives.”


The rankings for the 2015-16 academic year are:





Baker College*

Central Michigan University

Davenport University

Delta College

Eastern Michigan University*

Ferris State University*

Grand Valley State University*

Henry Ford Community College

Lansing Community College*

Macomb Community College

MIAT College of Technology*

Michigan State University*

Mott Community College

Muskegon Community College

North Central Michigan College*

Northern Michigan University*

Northwestern Michigan College

Saginaw Valley State University

Siena Heights University

Spring Arbor University*

University of Detroit Mercy

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

University of Michigan-Dearborn

University of Michigan-Flint

Walsh College

Washtenaw Community College

Wayne State University

Western Michigan University






Calvin College

Glen Oaks Community College

Grand Rapids Community College*

Jackson College*

Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Kirtland Community College*

Lake Superior State University

Michigan Tech University

Mid-Michigan Community College*

Monroe County Community College

Montcalm Community College

New Horizon Computer Learning Center

Northwood University

Oakland Community College*

Oakland University

Olivet College

Schoolcraft College

St. Clair County Community College

West Shore Community College

WMU Thomas M. Cooley Law School






Adrian College

Aquinas College

Concordia College-Ann Arbor

Douglas J Aveda Institute

Gogebic Community College

Grace Bible College

Kettering University

Lake Michigan College

Walden University



*Indicates a school that also participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative.


“These rankings make it simple for veterans and their dependents to identify schools throughout Michigan that are committed to supporting them and helping them succeed,” Barnes said. “Through the Veteran-Friendly School program, veterans will know exactly what services are available to them when they walk onto campus, so they never have to feel alone.”


The veteran-friendly designation is available to any institution of higher learning eligible to receive veteran education benefits, regardless of size, location or program delivery. A new application and review process will be conducted every spring semester. Institutions can apply each year for the same, higher or lower ranking.


Student veterans or dependents with questions about GI Bill or other federal benefits should call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838) or visit




About the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency: MVAA serves as the central coordinating point for Michigan veterans, connecting those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, and their families, to services and benefits throughout the state. Learn more at or call 800-MICH-VET (800-642-4838).

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