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LSSU earns distinction as a military friendly school

Posted: September 20th, 2013

SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- Victory Media, a resource for military personnel making the transition into civilian life, has named Lake Superior State University to its trademarked list of Military Friendly Schools for 2014.

The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans, and spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.

“Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows LSSU’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 militaryfriendlyschools.com, feature the list, interactive tools and search function 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 excellent programs and policies for student support on campus, academic accreditation, credit policies, flexibility and other services to those who served.


MILITARY-FRIENDLY UNIVERSITY - In this 2009 file photo, Capt. Mark J. Huebschman, left, senior commander of U.S. Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, and LSSU President Tony McLain sign a financial aid agreement to encourage the sector's active-duty personnel to pursue a degree at LSSU. Looking on are Sector Sault's Educational Support Officer Brian Streichert and LSSU Vice President for Finance Sherry Brooks. (LSSU/John Shibley)

A print-resolution photo that runs with the caption above can be found by clicking here.

Veterans and service men and women have been a part of LSSU since its beginning. The university opened in 1946 on the site of a former U.S. Army base to serve veterans returning from World War II. It has expanded its services to veterans through many services, including offering resident tuition rates to all veterans as well as to active-duty military personnel and their dependents. The university also has agreements with the US Coast Guard and the Michigan National Guard to align tuition with their Tuition Assistance rates.

“We believe it is a very important part of the mission and history of Lake Superior State University to assist veterans as they make the transition to higher education after serving our country,” said LSSU President Tony McLain. “We take great pride in being recognized once again as a Military Friendly School and continue to strive to improve our service to veterans and their families.”

Now in its fifth year, Victory Media’s list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide approved for Veterans Administration tuition funding. The survey results for the 2014 list were independently tested by Ernst & Young LLP, based upon the weightings and method established by Victory Media.

Each year, schools taking the survey are held to a higher standard than the previous year via improved methods, criteria and weightings developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board consisting of educators from schools across the country. Complete survey methodology and a list of board members are available here.

Military service personnel and veterans interested in finding out more about LSSU are invited to contact LSSU Admissions by calling 888-800-LSSU or writing admissions@lssu.edu -LSSU-

CONTACT: Tom Pink, 906-635-2315; tpink@lssu.edu; John Shibley, 635-2314, jshibley@lssu.edu; Al Case, LSSU Admissions, 635-2693, acase@lssu.edu


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