Best Midwestern, Military-Friendly Accolades for Saint Mary
It’s been a big year for the University of Saint Mary on the national-recognition front.
In mid-August, The Princeton Review named Saint Mary a “Best Midwestern College” for a remarkable eighth straight year. And just a month later, G.I.Jobs Magazine dubbed USM a Military-Friendly School—the third consecutive time Saint Mary has secured that annual honor.
The Princeton Review award honors schools based on their track record for strong academics and positive feedback from students and parents. Only 153 Midwestern schools to earned the Best Regional College honor for 2013, and only about 25 percent of the country’s 2,500 four-year colleges make one of the Review’s four regional lists. In the Kansas City area, USM is part of a short list of “Best Midwestern College” winners.
The Princeton Review asks students to rate their own schools on several issues—from the friendliness and accessibility of the faculty to the vibrancy of a given school’s student life program. Students also answer questions about the general atmosphere and culture on campus.
Dr. Bryan Le Beau, USM’s vice president for academic affairs, noted that “once again the nationally recognized Princeton Review has applied its widely held standard measures of academic quality to USM and found us worthy to be named a ‘Best Midwestern College.’ We are grateful, and we are also proud of what we accomplish year after year.”
The Military-Friendly honor goes to the top 15 percent of U.S. colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to serve the needs of military service members, veterans, and family members as they work to attain their education.
According to G.I. Jobs, schools on the 2013 Military Friendly Schools list go out of their way to provide the best college experience for military students. They also exhibit leading practices including on-campus veterans programs and flexibility for active-duty students. USM, for its part, is a VA Yellow Ribbon Program participant, and has an on-campus office for veterans services and a veterans services coordinator with over 24 years of military experience.
Professor Carlton Philpot, USM’s veterans services coordinator and a 24-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.
“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.”