National Magazine Recognizes UNCW as "Military Friendly" – Talk with Military at UNCW Aug. 25

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

G.I. Jobs has named the University of North Carolina Wilmington as one of the top Military Friendly schools in the nation for the second year in a row. The nationally prominent magazine's 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools which are doing the most to embrace America's veterans as students, with the shared priority of recruiting students with military experience.

Media are invited to interview veteran and active duty students at UNC Wilmington's annual Military Reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 25 in the Burney Center.

Schools on the Military Friendly list are cited as exemplary due to the additional benefits they offer student veterans. In the past five years, UNCW has made great improvements its services for military students, resulting in a 244 percent increase from fall 2009 to fall 2010 in the number of active duty students committed to attending UNCW and an increase across the board for military affiliated admissions applicants, including veterans and military dependents.

UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo said, "UNCW's partnership with the military is consistently cited as a model both for North Carolina and the nation. It is our honor to be able to serve a population that has sacrificed so much for our world. We are thrilled to be recognized by G.I. Jobs for the second consecutive year for our commitment to the military."

Some of the innovative efforts that have put UNCW on the map for military students are:

-Expanding the definition of transfer student in admissions to better assist active military students who do not meet traditional admission requirements, allowing for consideration of military service
-Waiving the application fee for active duty military applicants and the physical education requirement for active duty and veteran students
-Implementing a written policy for students who are deployed or involuntarily recalled to active duty
-Enabling students experiencing delays in receipt of GI Bill benefits to request a book advance stipend or a hold on their account which keeps their classes from being cancelled or a late fee from being applied
-Establishing numerous military support resources including special class sections and orientation breakout sessions just for military students, the Student Veterans Organization, a veteran-to-veteran peer mentoring program and more
-Facilitating a Military Task Force and Military Advisory Board
-Expanding course offerings at the Onslow County Extension campus

A growing number of veterans are expected to pursue an advanced degree due to the recent passage of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, which is more flexible and comprehensive in coverage than the Montgomery GI Bill. The military population of the Cape Fear region is expected to expand exponentially as the nation-wide military base restructuring continues.

G.I. Jobs (www.gijobs.com), published by veteran-owned Victory Media, is a national leader in providing resources for the military community.

Media contacts:
Joy Davis, Marketing and Communications, 910.632.3903 or davisjc@uncw.edu