G.I. Jobs, a magazine for soldiers looking to transition from military life to civilian life, included North Georgia and Gainesville State College on its 2013 list of schools that are friendly to the military.
The criteria for this list is to be in the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace soldiers, veterans and military spouses as students and ensure their success on campus.
Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of North Georgia, said in a news release that “the Corps of Cadets is a vital part of this university’s heritage – and its future.”
She continued: “We are honored to count numerous service members, veterans and their family members among our students, faculty, and staff and depend on their expertise and leadership as we strive to fulfill our mission of educating leaders.”
As a senior military institution, North Georgia has several features that especially stand out regarding the transition from soldier to student.
One is North Georgia’s Veterans Success Center, which assists service members or their families to enroll, register or apply for GI Bill benefits and other financial aid. The office also acts as a hub for military student and veteran social activities.
Another feature is that North Georgia awards college credit for military training as well as offering distance learning and online classes, so even when deployed, students can be learning and taking steps toward a degree.
North Georgia is also part of Georgia’s Soldiers 2 Scholars program, which helps ease the transition process from service life to civilian life by means of a college degree.
This year’s fourth annual list of Military Friendly Schools was compiled through extensive research and a data-driven survey of more than 12,000 VA (Veterans Affairs)-approved schools nationwide.
Other Georgia schools that made the list this year include University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Georgia Southern, Columbus State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.