Cameron University recognized as Military Friendly® School ® for seventh consecutive year

Cameron University has been designated a 2017 Military Friendly®  School by Victory Media for the seventh consecutive year. The Military Friendly®  School designation is awarded to the top colleges, universities, community colleges and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.

“Cameron University remains committed to serving our nation’s service members and dependents,” says President John McArthur. “We are appreciative that our efforts have been recognized once again by this designation.”

Institutions earning the Military Friendly®  School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,600 schools participated in the 2017 survey, and 1,160 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly®  Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans,” says Daniel Nichols, Chief Product Officer of Victory Media. “Military Friendly®  helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

Cameron’s commitment to active duty military, veterans and dependents is multi-faceted. Below are some examples of ways CU provides support.

  • Military and military dependents in Oklahoma can attend Cameron University at the in-state tuition rate.
  • Cameron has offered regularly scheduled courses on post since 1983 and over that period has provided more than 1,300 courses at Fort Sill.
  • Cameron University participates in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Yellow Ribbon Program. This program provides additional assistance to veterans who are eligible to receive 100 percent benefits under the Post 9/11 GI Bill and who still have unmet need. Cameron has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program since its inception in 2009.
  • Cameron is a member of Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC). Through SOC, service members and their family members can start, continue, or complete Cameron University degrees while attending other consortium member schools. 
  • In addition to degree programs and general education course offerings, Cameron has continuously been responsive to unique educational requests from Fort Sill.  Examples include providing language and cultural awareness training for units deploying to Afghanistan and Iraq and computer science courses for security systems and encryption.  
  • Cameron participates in and actively promotes the Military Spouse Career Advancement Portal and Financial Assistance Program by working closely with spouses of active duty military personnel to help them take advantage of this financial benefit.
  • Cameron’s George D. Keathley Department of Military Science is home to the Comanche Battalion, one of the top Army ROTC programs in the nation. The Comanche Battalion has been recognized on multiple occasions with the MacArthur Award, signifying Best in Brigade. In 2011, the Comanche Battalion was named as one of the top three Army ROTC squads in the country by the Order of the Founders and Patriots of America (OFPA).  Almost 800 officers have been commissioned through the program.
  • Cameron recognizes the recreational and cultural needs of military families. CU welcomes military families by offering a variety of free and reduced admission activities; examples include athletic events, concerts, theatrical events and lectures.

Active duty military interested in attending Cameron can call 580-581-2987 for more information.

To learn more about the support and resources Cameron offers to veterans, visit www.cameron.edu/veteran_affairs or contact Vicki Henson at 580-581-2301 or vickih@cameron.edu.

Information about the George D. Keathley Department of Military Science and the U.S. Army ROTC program is available at www.cameron.edu/military, by calling 580-581-2340 or via email at military@cameron.edu.

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PR # 16-179

November 17, 2016