Penn State Mont Alto placed fourth in the top 10 Gold Military Friendly Schools in the category of “public schools with less than 10,000 students” in 2016. Designated by Victory Media, the award places Penn State Mont Alto in the “best of the best” category from among 1,200 post-secondary schools that were designated as Military Friendly in November. Only 541 of those schools have been recognized for excellence in different categories.
The Military Friendly Schools 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 dedicate resources to ensure their success both in the classroom and after graduation.
According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, “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. 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.”
Mont Alto is also a signatory of the Education Pillar of “Got Your 6,” the “8 Keys to Veterans’ Success,” and participates in the “Principles of Excellence” in recruiting and retaining veteran students. In addition, the campus dedicated the Penn State Mont Alto Veterans’ Memorial in 2012, which was largely funded by the Student Veterans Association (SVA).
“Our Veterans Center and Student Veterans’ Mentoring Program are key elements of the supportive environment we provide our student veterans. And we do it all not for recognition, but because it is the right thing to do,” said Francis K. Achampong, Penn State Mont Alto chancellor.
Penn State Mont Alto opened its Veterans Center in September 2014, giving veteran students a place to study and connect with other veterans.
Before he enrolled at Penn State Mont Alto at the age of 35, U.S. Navy Veteran Peter Lancaster had never attended college. “Within four short years of evening classes and some online classes, I have been able to excel in my academic career, maintaining a 3.93 to 4.00 grade-point average, due to the greatest college academic support network in the central Pennsylvania area,” he said. “The classes at Mont Alto are highly educational, exciting, fit my schedule and have prepared me for a future in the human services field, which has always been a personal dream of mine.”
Penn State Mont Alto will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.
“Penn State Mont Alto is proud to support veterans by offering in-state tuition, priority class registration, mental health and career services,” said Kathy Swope, Penn State Mont Alto veteran certifying official.
For more information about Penn State Mont Alto’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit montalto.psu.edu.