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May 6, 2020

MSU earns top honor as veteran-friendly school

For the fifth consecutive year, Michigan State University earned “gold status” as a veteran-friendly school by the Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency.

The ranking recognizes higher education institutions for their dedication to student veterans and dependents using their GI Bill® and other educational benefits.

MSU – home to nearly 300 veteran students – participates in the Michigan Veteran Education Initiative and operates a Student Veterans Resource Center, which provides programs and services to support the student veterans and their families at MSU.

“Michigan State University sets the standard when it comes to our definition of a Veteran-Friendly School,” said Zaneta Adams, director of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. “This is the fifth year MSU has achieved gold-level certification, providing military-connected students with the tools and guidance needed to choose the right educational and career pathways.”

The Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency uses the following seven criteria to determine the level of support provided to student veterans and military connected students on campus:

  • An established process for the identification of current student veterans.
  • A veteran-specific website.
  • An active student veteran organization or club.
  • Veteran-specific career services, resources advising or outcome monitoring.
  • An on-campus veteran coordinator and/or designated staff point of contact.
  • System to evaluate and award academic credit based on prior military training and experience.
  • Monitoring and evaluation of student veteran academic retention, progress and graduation rates.
GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at

By: Caroline Brooks

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