UofL makes military-friendly list for 2011
The University of Louisville has been named a Military Friendly School for 2011 by G.I. Jobs, a monthly magazine designed to help veterans make the transition from military service to the civilian workforce.
UofL made the magazine's list for the first time last year.
Only about 15 percent of the nation's 7,000 colleges, universities and trade schools receive the designation, which is based on how well the schools recruit military students and help them succeed in their studies, said Rich McCormack, the magazine's publisher.
UofL earned high marks this year and last for its efforts to recruit and retain veterans and for the number of veterans it enrolls. An estimated 850 veterans are expected to attend classes at UofL this fall, up from 775 last year and 550 in 2008.
The university opened a new Military and Veteran Student Services office in January to help students who have served in the military. The office counsels the students on issues related to classes, enrollment, credit transfer and financial aid.
UofL also will assist about 140 active military and civilian students at Fort Knox this year. Students there can pursue a bachelor's degree in workforce leadership and have the option of taking classes on post or online.
"We're proud to help those who have served our country get a good education," said UofL President James Ramsey. "Our goal is to help them make a smooth transition from combat to college life so they can go on to get rewarding jobs as civilians."