Auburn University at Montgomery has been named to the newly released list of 2020-2021 “Military Friendly” universities published by Viqtory.
AUM earned “silver” status – the highest designation among the five Alabama four-year colleges and universities honored. Now in its 10th year, the Military Friendly Schools list recognizes higher education institutions for their ability to provide opportunities to veterans and their spouses.
“We are deeply honored to once again be recognized as a ‘Military Friendly’ university and as a destination of choice for active duty military members, veterans, reservists and their dependents,” AUM Chancellor Carl A. Stockton said. “Our Veteran and Military Information Center has worked diligently to ensure military-affiliated students have all of the necessary resources to succeed while pursuing their degrees at AUM.”
Institutions earning the Military Friendly School designation were evaluated through publicly accessible data and submitted survey responses. More than 1,000 universities and community colleges participated in the 2020-2021 survey. The newly released list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine.
Methodology and criteria were determined by Viqtory, the veteran-owned parent company of the G.I. Jobs, Military Spouse and Military Friendly brands, and an advisory council of leaders from the higher education and military recruitment communities. Final ratings were determined by combining survey scores with assessment of an institution’s performance in student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students, as well as student veterans.
AUM offers the Military and Family Scholarship for active duty military personnel, veterans and military dependents. Scholarship recipients save 15 percent on undergraduate tuition and 35 percent on graduate school tuition. AUM also offers, two-, three and four-year ROTC Campus-Based Scholarships, the Guaranteed Reserve Forces Duty (GRFD) Scholarship and the Green to Gold Scholarship.The university also offers the AUM Guard Card, a first-of-its-kind program in Alabama that provides active duty Alabama National Guard members enrolled at AUM with up to $1,000 each academic year to offset the cost of academic supplies, textbooks and on-campus meals.
Among AUM’s 70 student organizations is a Student Veterans of America chapter. In 2018, the university launched Veterans Week, a series of appreciation events commemorating the university’s history of educating military members. The events recognize students, faculty and staff who have served or are serving in the military, reserves and National Guard. The university also offers designated parking spaces for Purple Heart recipients.