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Northwestern named a Military Friendly School
By David West

NATCHITOCHES  - Northwestern State University has been named a Military Friendly School by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel transitioning into civilian life. The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Northwestern State places a high priority on serving the needs of each student,” said NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. “We know veterans and active duty personnel have unique needs and demands placed upon them, so we work closely with each individual to provide the services they need to succeed. Northwestern State takes great pride in its long history of working with active duty personnel and veterans to help them obtain a college education.”

Northwestern State has a campus at Leesville/Fort Polk and also offers classes at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. The university has 34 degree programs available online.

This is the fourth time Northwestern State has been named a Military Friendly School.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows Northwestern State’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, Vice President at Victory Media and a nine-year Navy veteran.   “The need for education is growing and our mission is to provide the military community with transparent, world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

The Military Friendly Schools media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences.  The 1,868 colleges, universities and trade schools on this year’s list exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.  These schools have world-class programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.

The 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for VA tuition funding. The survey results that comprise the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media. Each year schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methodology, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board consisting of educators from schools across the country.

A full story and detailed list of 2014 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools which will be distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in October.