USM Named a 2014 ‘Military Friendly School’

9/10/2013 12:00:00 AM

List Honors Schools That Best Meet the Needs of Military and Veteran Students

(Leavenworth, Kan.)—For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Saint Mary has been named a “Military Friendly School” by G.I. Jobs magazine. The honor goes to the top 20 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to serve the unique needs of military service members, veterans, and family members as they work to attain their education.

According to G.I. Jobs, a publication of Victory Media, schools on the 2014 Military Friendly Schools list do the most to embrace military students and ensure their ultimate success on campus. USM, for its part, is a VA Yellow Ribbon Program participant—which fully covers eligible veterans’ tuition expenses—and has an on-campus veterans services coordinator with over 24 years of military experience.

The list was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 10,000 schools nationwide. Nationally, 1,868 colleges and universities made the list.

Learn More About USM's offerings for veterans “Inclusion on the 2014 list of Military Friendly Schools shows USM’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.”

Carlton Philpot, USM’s veterans services coordinator and a 24.5-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, said “Saint Mary always feels proud, privileged, and honored to be able to serve and support our country’s veterans, active duty personnel, and military families as they work to meet their academic goals—and to play a small role in their readjustment back into civilian life.

“With each passing semester and with each veteran, active duty, dependent, or spouse we enroll and assist, we are always improving at serving the educational needs of those who served this nation proudly.”

USM Academic Vice President Dr. Bryan Le Beau added “we are honored to be considered among the colleges and universities in the nation that are doing the most for America’s veterans as students.”

“Veterans bring maturity, seriousness of purpose, and leadership to the classroom. As a member of the Leavenworth community, home to Fort Leavenworth, we willingly provide support for veterans. Most importantly, we do what we do for veterans because it is the right thing to do, to thank them for the service they have provided all of us, often at considerable personal sacrifice,” said Dr. Le Beau.

The Military Friendly Schools® media and website, found at, feature the list, interactive tools and search functionality to help military students find the best school to suit their unique needs and preferences. A full story and detailed list of 2014 schools will be highlighted in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools®, distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October.

Victory Media is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business that has been serving the military community since 2001. Our data-driven Military Friendly® lists are published in G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse, Vetrepreneur media channels, republished in periodicals like USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Bloomberg BW and are frequently cited on national TV by NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and others.