GI Jobs magazine unveils list of most military-friendly schools


The Post 9/11 GI Bill has made getting an education easier than ever for members of the Armed Forces, but there are a number of schools that stand out from the pack when it comes to being military-friendly. G.I. Jobs magazine recently unveiled its list, which honors the top 15 percent of schools that do their best to welcome veterans as students.

California led the way with 74 schools earning commendation from the publication. Some of the state's flagship institutions were on the list, including the University of California, Berkeley, as well as the University of Southern California.

Illinois was also well-represented with 63 schools making the cut including Northern Illinois and North Park University. For many colleges, being accommodating to veterans is a win-win situation.

"Military students bring a high degree of maturity, life experiences, diversity, leadership and worldliness to the classroom," said Dr. Dorothy Bass, the dean of Duquesne University's School of Leadership and Professional Advancement. "Other students and faculty benefit from the different perspectives that service members and veterans bring."

The Post 9/11 GI Bill is one of the most beneficial of its kind since World War II. It offers veterans free tuition to public schools within their state.