For the third consecutive year, Virginia Tech has been recognized for being in the top 20 percent of military friendly schools by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning to civilian life.
“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Virginia Tech’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, vice president of Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.
The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list highlights 1,868 of the nearly 12,000 higher education institutions that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and their families as students to ensure their success with the University.
Dr. Patty Perillo, vice president for Student Affairs, said “Virginia Tech offers many programs on campus to help veterans feel comfortable and at home, such as welcoming receptions to meet other veterans as well as faculty and staff that serve as advisors for academic support. (Tech also has) student organizations, like the Student Veterans of America group on campus.”
In May 2012, the Office of Veterans Service opened to serve as the first-stop for veterans and their families. The office handles all compliance paperwork with the Veterans Administration and coordinates with the Student Success Center and University Registrar to ensure student veterans are connected with resources to help their transition to academic and campus civilian life.
Those served have access to tutoring, mentoring, assistance navigating the Veterans Association system and connection to the Veterans@VT student organization — a chapter of Student Veterans of America.
According to Colonel Chris St. Jean, a 26 year Army Veteran and Assistant Director for Undergraduate Admissions, “Virginia Tech offers guaranteed admission to any Marine Corps soldier who earned at least a 3.0 GPA in high school, and scored a 600 or higher on the Math portion of the SAT.”
Virginia Tech is currently the only education institution accredited by the Virginia Values Veterans Association, dedicating at least five percent of all open job positions to veterans.
“When we feel valued and welcomed, we are more inclined to want to go somewhere,” Dr. Perillo mentioned, referring to Tech’s commitment to tradition, history and the Pylons, which many military personnel live by every day.