Radford awarded Military Friendly designation


Radford University has been recognized as a military-friendly school for 2023-24.

The designation comes from Military Friendly, a program that creates civilian opportunities for veterans. Its ratings program began in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs and students.

“It is a goal of both Radford University and the Military Resource Center to achieve the Military Friendly designation each year partially because it helps with recruitment,” said MRC Director Deanna K. Mabe. “Many of the student veterans attending the university have stated that they look for that designation when they are considering a school.

 “The Military Friendly designation is important,” Mabe continued, “because it reflects how seriously Radford University and the Military Resource Center take our commitment to helping these students succeed.”

Military Friendly’s 2023-2024 schools list was published in the May 2023 issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at www.militaryfriendly.com.

Designations were determined following a careful examination of each institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, and specifically for student veterans.

Radford University’s Military Resource Center (MRC) provides active military students, veterans and dependents with the resources, support and advocacy needed to succeed at the university and beyond graduation. The center’s staff helps students utilize their benefits to the fullest extent and provides an opportunity to expand students’ education beyond the classroom. 

The center’s faculty support team is composed of veteran faculty and staff who provide advice and guidance for operations at the Military Resource Center.

“Our standards provide a benchmark that promotes positive outcomes and support services that better the educational landscape and provide opportunity for the military community,” said Kayla Lopez, national director of military partnerships for Military Friendly. “This creates a competitive atmosphere that encourages colleges to evolve and invest in their programs consistently. Schools who achieve awards designation show true commitment in their efforts, going over and above that standard.” 

Jun 30, 2023
Chad Osborne
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