MVRC Accolades and Accomplishments


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2015 Best for Vets Colleges

Military Times announced its 2015 Best for Vets College Rankings and UWF is one of the top 100 in the nation! In their fifth year, the rankings factor in the most comprehensive school-by-school assessment of veteran and military students' success rates.  Several hundred schools participated in this year's survey, filling out a detailed questionnaire with well over 100 questions that delved into the issues most crucial to student vets.  The detailed survey requires schools to meticulously document a tremendous array of services, special rules, accommodations and financial incentives offered to military and veteran students and to describe many aspects of veteran culture on a campus.

Best for Vets provides service men and women a gauge by which to judge whether a school or degree program will truly benefit them. The rankings factored in service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, and availability of specific programs to help service members.

Yellow Ribbon Program

The University of West Florida (UWF) has been awarded the ability to be a participating member of the Yellow Ribbon Program since 2011. UWF has voluntarily entered into an agreement with the VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate. This agreement is part of the Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (Yellow Ribbon Program) is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. Only individuals entitled to the maximum benefit rate (based on service requirements) may receive this funding.

If eligible, the Post-9/11 GI Bill pays up to the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition and fees. You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are in an out-of-state status. UWF will pay 50% of the amount above the maximum allowed by the Post 9/11 GI Bill and the VA will pay the remaining 50%.

To confirm your eligibility and apply for the Yellow Ribbon Program contact the Veteran Services Office at veterans@uwf.edu, 850-474-2262.

Military Advanced Education (MAE)

UWF NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL BY "Military Advanced Education" for the Seventh consecutive year!

Military Advanced Education (MAE) again names UWF to its "Military Friendly Colleges and Universities" list for 2014. "MAE congratulates the entire faculty and staff for their efforts to satisfy the distance learning needs of our men and women in uniform. For our 2014 Guide to America's Top Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities, Military Advanced Education conferred with ESO's from all of the branches of our military to come up with a set of criteria for inclusion in The Guide that set the bar higher this year than in any year since we began publishing The Guide.

It is the policies that you put into practice for our men and women in uniform that led to your being selected for inclusion in Military Advanced Education's 2014 Guide to America's Top "Military-Friendly Colleges & Universities".

Military Friendly School

UWF NAMED MILITARY FRIENDLY SCHOOL BY "G.I. JOBS MAGAZINE" for the Sixth consecutive year!

The University of West Florida was named a 2015 Military Friendly School by "G.I. Jobs Magazine." The Military Friendly Schools designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

The list of Military Friendly Schools highlights those institutions that exhibit leading practices to support military students.  Schools earned rights to the coveted Military Friendly trademarked designation via qualifying scores from a rigorous survey assessment. Prospective military students can see comprehenseive information about schools approved for the Post 9/11 GI Bill funding, as well as which schools have volunteered to be objectively measured through the Military Friendly Schools survey process.  Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get educated, and the Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend."

The Military Friendly Schools designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of schools nationwide approved for Post 9/11 GI Bill funding.  The school survey, methodology, criteria and weightings were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board comprised of educators from schools across the country.  This year's Military Friendly Schools list criteria also incorporate a survey of over 4.000 actual student veterans.  This feedback provides prospective military students with insight into the student veteran experience at particular institutions based on peer reviews from current students. 

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