SAN ANGELO, Texas — Angelo State University announced Wednesday it has been named a "Military Friendly School" by Victory Media for the 13th consecutive year.
According to an ASU press release, the university also received a Gold Award for ranking top 15 of 69 U.S. Institutions in the Large Public University category who were designated as "Military Friendly School" for 2021-22.
ASU has earned a Silver Award or Gold Award every year since the superlative award program began six years ago.
ASU has been placed in the Large Public University category for schools with more than 10,000 students and is the only Texas institution to win a superlative award in this category for 2021-22, the release said.
The 2021-22 Military Friendly School list honors top United States institutions of higher education who are doing the most for America's military service members, veterans and their dependents as students, as well as dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.
The list provided to military members and their families each year to help them select the best college, university or trade school to receive education and training needed to pursue a civilian career, according to the release.
“As a military veteran and an ASU alumnus, I’m extremely proud of our Military Friendly status,” Ronnie Hawkins Jr,ASU President, said. “We owe it to our nation’s veterans, active-duty personnel and their families to provide them the best possible education and campus services, and the Military Friendly designation lets them know that is exactly what they will get at Angelo State. It helps us recruit them to the Ram Family, and the efforts of our faculty and staff ensure they have the positive educational experience they deserve.”
Institutions were evaluated using public data sources and the response provided to Victory Media's proprietary survey. There were more than 8,800 eligible institutions, however, only 747 were named "Military Friendly School" for 2021-22.
Final ratings were determined by combining several factors, including survey scores and an assessment of the institution's ability to meet thresholds for student retention among other factors.
“ASU could not achieve or maintain this Gold Medal-level status without the continual commitment and support of the entire campus,” Susan Williams, director of Affiliated Military and Veteran Services, said. “Our leadership team, faculty and staff all play a pivotal role to help ASU serve those who have served in the finest way possible.”
Programs for military and veteran students is overseen by the Affiliated Military and Veteran Services, at the Veterans Educational and Transitional Services (VETS) Center in the Houston Harte University Center.
The 2021-22 Military Friendly Schools list will be available at MilitaryFriendly.com and published in May's issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.