College Listed Among Top 15 Percent of Schools for its Commitment to Serving Veterans and Military Personnel

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – SUNY Orange has been ranked among the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and technical schools for its commitment to active and retired military personnel, earning the College a “Military Friendly Schools” certification from Victory Media Inc.

PHOTO: Military Friendly Schools logoAs publisher of the “G.I. Jobs” magazine that is the premier publication for military personnel transitioning into civilian life, Victory Media has compiled its list of 1,739 Military Friendly Schools through extensive research and a survey of more than 12,000 Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide. The analysis of the survey criteria was developed with the assistance of an academic advisory board comprised of educators from across the country.

The list honors those post-secondary academic institutions that are doing the most to embrace America’s military service members, veterans and spouses as students and to ensure their success on campus. The schools on the list also exhibit leading practices in the recruitment and retention of students with military experience.

“Inclusion on the 2013 list of Military Friendly Schools shows SUNY Orange’s commitment to providing a supportive environment for military students,” said Sean Collins, director for “G.I. Jobs” and vice president at Victory Media. “As interest in education grows we’re thrilled to provide the military community with transparent world-class resources to assist in their search for schools.”

SUNY Orange offers services to assist veterans, including specialized academic advising, study skills workshops and transfer counseling. A designated academic advisor trained at the Center for Deployment Psychology assists student veterans with their return and adjustment to civilian life. The advisor helps students develop and implement their academic plans as well as support their transition to college by conducting workshops designed specifically for student veterans. Collaborations with veterans services agencies and organizations within the county bring an added array of resources to the campus. An active Veteran’s Club plays an important role in welcoming new veterans to the College and supporting them in their transition to student life.

“We at SUNY Orange are dedicated to serving our veteran students to the best of our ability. It is the least we can do to honor their commitment and service to our country,” said Dr. William Richards, SUNY Orange president. “Veterans bring a unique perspective to our student body and are tremendous contributors to our entire College community.”

“The SUNY system is a recognized leader in assisting military personnel in the transition to civilian life after their service to our country,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “As the largest system of public higher education in the country, SUNY offers extensive educational and career opportunities in more than 7,500 degree and certificate programs in every community in New York State. We take great pride in the fact that so many of our returning service men and women turn to SUNY for their education, and thank ‘G.I. Jobs’ magazine for this recognition.”

The entire list of Military Friendly Schools, which includes 33 SUNY schools, can be found at

A full story and detailed list of 2013 Military Friendly Schools will be highlighted in the annual “G.I. Jobs Guide to Military Friendly Schools,” distributed in print and digital format to hundreds of thousands of active and former military personnel in early October. The guide and associated media materials will also be featured at the Carrier Classic college basketball game on Nov. 9, between Ohio State and Marquette on the deck of the USS Yorktown. Both participating schools are on this year’s list of Military Friendly Schools.

For more information on SUNY Orange’s veterans services, visit

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