West Long Branch, NJ - Monmouth University was named to the 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools by the G.I. Jobs magazine. The list honors the top 15 percent of higher education institutions that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

“Monmouth University is proud to welcome students who have served or are currently serving out country through military service to campus,” stated Paul G. Gaffney II, president of Monmouth University and a retired U.S. Navy vice admiral. “The University offers many programs and services to help military and veteran students succeed in university life.  Additionally, the campus community benefits from the students’ patriotic contributions, experiences, and leadership.”

A highlight of Monmouth’s military-friendliness is the Military Bridge Program, which allows students who do not meet Monmouth’s traditional admission requirements to enroll for a transitional semester; students become fully matriculated after earning satisfactory grades.

Another military-friendly program that Monmouth participates in is the Yellow Ribbon Program. In partnership with the Veterans Administration, Monmouth University contributes matching funds to supplement the veterans' educational benefits to cover the full cost of tuition and fees for veterans who choose to attend a private institution.  Monmouth also has an Office of Veterans Services that provides certification, orientation, and support through the many adjustments to college life.

The Military Friendly Schools list was compiled through research starting in April during which G.I. Jobs polled more than 7,000 schools nationwide. Criteria were developed with the assistance of an Academic Advisory Board and included a school’s efforts to recruit and retain military and veteran students, results in recruiting military and veteran students and academic accreditations.

Rich McCormack, G.I. Jobs publisher explained, “Veterans need a trusted friend to help them decide where to get education. The Military Friendly Schools list is that trusted friend.”

For more information visit www.militaryfriendlyschools.com/2011list.

Visit Monmouth’s online Military Resource Center at www.monmouth.edu/military.